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Basic Soap Making Recipes
down---to---earth.blogspo ^ | 27 July 2011

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 !!

(Excerpt) Read more at t.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Hobbies
KEYWORDS: preparedness; preppers; soap; soapmaking
Please consider this our weekly Preppers' Thread to post progress, good buys, DIY projects, advice and ideas......
1 posted on 08/09/2013 7:28:14 PM PDT by Kartographer
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers’ PING!!


2 posted on 08/09/2013 7:28:45 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

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!


3 posted on 08/09/2013 7:31:47 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Kartographer

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 ..


4 posted on 08/09/2013 7:39:21 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Kartographer

Kart, I can’t get either of your links (under heading or at end of excerpt to work) :(


5 posted on 08/09/2013 7:52:49 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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To: Kartographer

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.


6 posted on 08/09/2013 7:55:13 PM PDT by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: Kartographer

GeronL’s link works... Yours don’t.


7 posted on 08/09/2013 8:01:21 PM PDT by JDoutrider
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To: JDoutrider; Jane Long

http://candleandsoap.about.com/od/soaprecipes/tp/basicsoaprecipes.htm

http://down-—to-—earth.blogspot.com/2011/07/simple-soap-four-ingredients.html


8 posted on 08/09/2013 8:07:12 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

Blog not found

Sorry, the blog you were looking for does not exist. However, the name xn—down-to-earth-0n6gd is available to register!


9 posted on 08/09/2013 8:12:29 PM PDT by B4Ranch (AGENDA: Grinding America Down ----- http://vimeo.com/63749370)
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To: B4Ranch

I just checked it for the third time and it worked:

http://down-—to-—earth.blogspot.com/2011/07/simple-soap-four-ingredients.html


10 posted on 08/09/2013 8:44:22 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

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.


11 posted on 08/09/2013 8:51:49 PM PDT by Roos_Girl (The world is full of educated derelicts. - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: Kartographer

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.


12 posted on 08/09/2013 8:54:28 PM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: Kartographer

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.


13 posted on 08/09/2013 9:01:36 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: goodwithagun

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.


14 posted on 08/09/2013 9:03:07 PM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: Roos_Girl

I love soap calc, even now that I have the soapmaker program I use soap calc when formulating recipes.


15 posted on 08/09/2013 9:04:56 PM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: goodwithagun

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.


16 posted on 08/09/2013 9:08:47 PM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: lastchance

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?


17 posted on 08/09/2013 9:17:15 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: goodwithagun

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.


18 posted on 08/09/2013 9:23:21 PM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: lastchance

Thanks!


19 posted on 08/09/2013 9:25:35 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Kartographer

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.


20 posted on 08/09/2013 9:29:17 PM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: Kartographer

Some other good books are “The Everything Soapmaking Book” by Alice Grosso and “Smart Soapmaking” by Anne Watson.


21 posted on 08/09/2013 9:31:44 PM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: Marcella

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.


22 posted on 08/09/2013 9:43:08 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Once a Republic, since then a State in the US, but it is Still Texas where I live.)
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If you use sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide

If you are going to handle solutions of sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide, do so with great care. Wear goggles, and have at hand a means to flush your eyes for many minutes. A solution of either in your eye will begin to irreversibly coagulate the protein in your eyes in 15 seconds, and you can be blinded. These materials are very dangerous--they are also difficult to rinse thoroughly.
23 posted on 08/09/2013 9:51:41 PM PDT by Nepeta
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To: Kartographer

if safeway somehow runs out of soap were probably doomed anyway..


24 posted on 08/09/2013 10:16:52 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: Nepeta
If you are going to handle solutions of sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide, do so with great care. Wear goggles, and have at hand a means to flush your eyes for many minutes. A solution of either in your eye will begin to irreversibly coagulate the protein in your eyes in 15 seconds, and you can be blinded. These materials are very dangerous--they are also difficult to rinse thoroughly.

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...

25 posted on 08/09/2013 10:18:45 PM PDT by JDoutrider
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To: Kartographer

Wouldn’t consider making it!!

That was my job stirring the lye and grease durring WW2.

It’s too cheap to even consider it!!!!!


26 posted on 08/09/2013 10:28:27 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: Kartographer
Timely post! I just made my first batch of hot process soap 2 weeks ago. Now I'm hooked and want to make more!

Oatmeal Honey soap bars


27 posted on 08/09/2013 10:34:01 PM PDT by mom3boys
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To: mom3boys

Now you know you have to post the process/recipe to go along with that picture-right?


28 posted on 08/09/2013 10:38:12 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Kartographer

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.


29 posted on 08/09/2013 10:42:52 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Power disintegrates when people withdraw their obedience and support)
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To: greeneyes

Your wish is my command! lol
I used the Oatmeal Honey Soap recipe from this page:
http://purelysoapin.com/soaprecipes.html

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.


30 posted on 08/09/2013 10:53:15 PM PDT by mom3boys
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To: mom3boys

Now that’s very interesting. Thanks a lot.


31 posted on 08/09/2013 11:04:40 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: mom3boys

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.


32 posted on 08/09/2013 11:44:47 PM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: Kartographer

Bflr


33 posted on 08/09/2013 11:58:26 PM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some days...it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps....)
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To: Kartographer

My wife recently got a recipe for laundry soap. If it works, it’ll be about 1/3 the cost of All.


34 posted on 08/10/2013 3:24:54 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: trebb

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.


35 posted on 08/10/2013 6:41:31 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Power disintegrates when people withdraw their obedience and support)
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To: trebb

http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/08/make-a-years-worth-of-laundry-soap.html

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.


36 posted on 08/10/2013 8:44:26 AM PDT by sheana
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To: Marcella

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.


37 posted on 08/10/2013 9:30:15 AM PDT by yorkiemom
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To: yorkiemom
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... :-)

38 posted on 08/10/2013 9:31:45 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: TheOldLady

You might like this.


39 posted on 08/10/2013 9:34:17 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (I am not cynical. /s)
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To: Professional Engineer

Thank you, my friend. Interesting thread.


40 posted on 08/10/2013 10:48:47 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Kartographer

BUMP for tonight. :)


41 posted on 08/10/2013 10:58:38 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Kartographer

Working fine today. Much thanks


42 posted on 08/10/2013 12:16:25 PM PDT by B4Ranch (AGENDA: Grinding America Down ----- http://vimeo.com/63749370)
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To: Kartographer

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.


43 posted on 08/10/2013 12:26:30 PM PDT by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: lastchance

One more thing: Can I use the cheap olive oil or is there a significant difference in the final product with extra virgin?


44 posted on 08/11/2013 4:00:04 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: goodwithagun

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.


45 posted on 08/11/2013 4:20:30 PM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: mom3boys

Looks tasty! :)


46 posted on 08/11/2013 7:27:01 PM PDT by Redcitizen (.)
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To: Kartographer

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.


47 posted on 08/11/2013 9:03:05 PM PDT by Melian ("Where will wants not, a way opens.")
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