Skip to comments.Basic Soap Making Recipes
Posted on 08/09/2013 7:28:14 PM PDT by Kartographer
I have been very busy lately making soap, while Hanno has been wrapping it and packaging it up to post all over Australia, the US and UK. Thanks to everyone who placed an order for soap or something I made. It is helping us with our finances and makes us feel good to be earning money selling what we've made with our own hands. I was very pleased to receive the first re-order from someone who bought the soap and wanted more. It makes me feel good knowing that something that helps us live well here can help others too.
Hat tip to GeronL for the link! GeronL also sent this link: http://candleandsoap.about.com/od/soaprecipes/tp/basicsoaprecipes.htm
GeronL Thanks !!
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Anxious to read! I’ve been wanting to try soap making. Some old recipes I’ve discovered include instructions like floating a fresh egg in the lye to determine its readiness. I’ve become more fascinated with the history of it than making it lol!
My Mum used to make her own soap..
She used the ashes from the cold range and bits of left over good soap and other stuff..
She used it to scrub her kitchen floor etc..
It was a bit too hard for our skin and clothes ..
Kart, I can’t get either of your links (under heading or at end of excerpt to work) :(
My mother made soap in a big black pot outside. I will never do that, ever.
Sometime in the past year, I bought soap, small size soaps for barter and regular bars of soap. Sometime later, I moved goods from another house I had and there was more soap I bought in the past - I mean lots and lots of regular soap bars, and more and more.
I began prepping around 1998 and forgot I had that much soap. I have enough soap for years. I may have bought that much due to my revulsion of watching soap made when I was a child and mom had a black woman to help her do it in that big black pot.
GeronL’s link works... Yours don’t.
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I just checked it for the third time and it worked:
Soapcalc.net has a great calculator for just about any kind of fat you’d want to use. And using those calculated recipes, soap is very easy to make in your crock pot.
The Kathy Miller (Millers Homemade Soap Page) site is a great resource for learning about soap making. Another great site is soapcalc which helps you formulate recipes.
I make and sell soap too, my first word of advice is to always wear your goggles and gloves and practice safe soaping.
The other word of advice if you are selling soap is to be careful if you start make medical or cosmetic claims. If you do you are no longer exempt from FDA regulations.
Good info for those who want to try it. I just hope my stash is enough so that I don’t have to try it. I do love plain old lye soap that good ole stink takes me back to my childhood.LOL
It reminds me of granny and the farm. We used to do laundry on Mondays in old wringer washers with thin slices of homemade lye soap in the wash water and bluing in the rinse water.
When I had chigger bites or poision ivy, a good lathering down with a bar of lye soap was the first step in treating it.
As far a stocking the pantry, my major task continues to be harvesting and preserving stuff from the garden. I have shelves along two walls totaling about 30 feet almost full of stuff I have purchased or canned as well as non-food stuff that we use regularly. I am really going to need more space if the garden continues, and I still need room for some more of my homecanned meat specials.
If you use sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide you will not have to float an egg. You will be able to calculate how much of either you need to saponify the oils you use. Making lye from wood ash is a good way to end up with lye heavy soap. The soap will also be very soft compared to the hard bars you get with NAOH. KOH makes liquid soap.
I love soap calc, even now that I have the soapmaker program I use soap calc when formulating recipes.
You can find sodium hydroxide at ACE hardware (if you are not planning on buying in bulk) under the brand name Rooto. Be sure the label reads 100% sodium hydroxide NAOH. Lard is a great fat to use for soaping. Use a combination of lard, olive and coconut for a hard bar with lots of lather.
Oh I will definitely use lye from the hardware store, I just think all the history and my foremothers’ recipes and advice are fascinating! We use Kirk’s now and the cheapest we can get it is $4.99/3 bars through vitacost.com. With just some quick calculations I can make it for about half that price. Do you use separate equipment than what you use for normal food prep?
I do but only because my kitchen ware has seen better days. You can use your regular kitchen stuff. Just be sure it is stainless steel and never, ever aluminum. I also wipe out my soap pot with a cloth before washing it so the raw soap does not go down the drain. Another must have is an immersion blender else you may be stirring forever while you wait for “trace”.
I also strongly suggest you not use pyrex for mixing lye as the formula for the tempering has changed and you can end up with the measuring cup exploding hot lye solution all over you. Many people use a Rubbermaid pitcher. I use a stainless steel long handled pot.
Please, please beginning soap makers if you spill any lye on yourself DO NOT USE VINEGAR!!!!!. Flush with cool running water for at least 10 minutes. If you get lye in your eye (but you won’t cause you will wear your goggles!) flush for 15 minutes under a steady stream of cool water and then get to the ER! Do not drive yourself so call 911 if you are by yourself.
I can not emphasize enough that you respect the KOH or the NAOH it is very corrosive and will cause severe burns. Always keep your lye solution out of reach of children and pets and label it. I’ve read nightmare inducing stories of people drinking the lye solution when they mistook it for plain water.
Some other good books are “The Everything Soapmaking Book” by Alice Grosso and “Smart Soapmaking” by Anne Watson.
I am old enough to remember my grandmother and mother made lye soap in the 1950’s. They did it in an large cast iron pot outdoors. In the process they used fireplace ash, cattle fat and some type of oil. I do not remember the details of the operation.
It was a really bad year in the drought of the 50’s. They were doing all they could to cut living costs to the bone. Barely had enough production to make the land payments.
if safeway somehow runs out of soap were probably doomed anyway..
That's why using "Easy Off" oven cleaner aerosol as a self defense weapon is so wickedly effective... whoever you spray will definetly PAY! For the rest of their lives!
Wasp spray is a bit more humane...
Wouldn’t consider making it!!
That was my job stirring the lye and grease durring WW2.
It’s too cheap to even consider it!!!!!
Now you know you have to post the process/recipe to go along with that picture-right?
Progress note, tho a few weeks old. Harvested the honey from my hives. I didn’t get a lot because I made the strategic decision of more bees, less honey. Still got about 35 pounds which is enough for us for the year and for gifts for family and friends.
If I had it to do over, I would have let more of the honey ripen (be fully capped) but I think the honey is OK. Tastes wonderful. I’d also have more empty jars on hand; I underestimated the number needed.
Your wish is my command! lol
I used the Oatmeal Honey Soap recipe from this page:
For the process itself, I just watched a few videos on YouTube on making hot process soap in a slow cooker.
I used hot process instead of cold process so the lye cooks off and we don’t have to wait several weeks to be able to use the soap. We were able to use it as soon as I cut it into bars.
Now that’s very interesting. Thanks a lot.
You don’t have to wait several weeks to use cold processed soap. It won’t be at its best but you can safely use it after a week of curing. You can even test a bar right after you have cut it. The 4 weeks of curing time are to allow more evaporation and for the soap to become milder.
One big advantage of hot process is that you can use less fragrance to scent the soap.
My wife recently got a recipe for laundry soap. If it works, it’ll be about 1/3 the cost of All.
I already do it. It works. And you can’t beat the price. Key issue, though, is to make sure the bar soap you use doesn’t cause sensitivity issues for family members.
This is the recipe I have used for years. It works great. If you cook the fels naphtha in the microwave and let it cool it will break down into powder really easy if you put it in a.bag and use a rolling pin on it.
I have somehow accumulated a LOT of soap myself. I have Coast bars for my hubby, Fels Naptha for making laundry detergent, ivory, tons of little hotel-sized soaps. Oh, and several baggies full of soap bits - the little bit left over that is too small to use. I had plans to make liquid soap out of them.
I want to make soap myself someday. I have lots of ashes in the winter and a fire pit - I just need that black cauldron.
If they ever have a yard sale at 1600 Pennsylvania; you might be able to pick one up on the cheap... :-)
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Thank you, my friend. Interesting thread.
BUMP for tonight. :)
Working fine today. Much thanks
two strange. i am in sarasota today. i brought all my soap making materials here.
this is my third time.
i made my life a little easier by buying candy thermometer.and scale .
you can by 100% lye from lowes on aisle where draino is. small circle says 100% lye. i used olice oil coconut and canola oil. i added pinch of salt.
read read about lye. add lye to water not the other way around.
One more thing: Can I use the cheap olive oil or is there a significant difference in the final product with extra virgin?
There will not be any difference between soaps made with regular olive oil and extra virgin olive oil. If you use pomace olive oil be warned it comes to trace much faster then other olive oils.
Looks tasty! :)
I’ve been toying with the idea of soap making, but wish I could find a super simple recipe with easy steps. This process seems intimidating to me.