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Making soap: 5 tips for homemade soap

Making soap: 5 tips for homemade soap
Until around 1916, making soap at home was commonplace. Using wood or plant ashes and leftover animal fats, families produced their own soap for cleaning their clothes and themselves. During World War I, when animal fats were in limited supply, German scientists developed synthetic detergents — and commercial soap was born. Homemade soap became less of a necessity, and gradually the practice dwindled. In recent years, back-to-the-landers and simple-living adherents have revived the homemade soap-making process — but it’s not only in favor with those who leave the big city for rural life or those with an anti-commercialist bent. Homemade soap is good for your wallet: you can make big batches of soap from scratch for less than it costs to buy bar after bar at your local drugstore, and you can reuse leftover bits to make new soap. Step-by-step instructions for making soap at home are widely available online and in various DIY books. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. More resources: Photo credits Related:  FOODS I WANT TO TRY

DIY hand-milled soap With the holiday season growing ever closer, your party-planning mom will love a handmade gift that doubles as a special treat for guests. Homemade soap is a beautiful — and environmentally friendly — alternative to the bar soap purchased at the drugstore or grocery store. But making soap is a fairly precise process that involves working with a caustic substance (lye), and if you’ve never done it before, it can be intimidating. Making hand-milled soap allows you to experiment with soap making while bypassing many of the more complex steps in making handmade soap. The process of hand milling soap is also known as rebatching. Basic supplies for hand-milled soap: 3 bars of plain white unscented soapStainless steel or glass bowlCheese graterWater or coconut milkSmall saucepanWooden spoonAdditive (essential oil, natural fragrance oil, colloidal oatmeal, jojoba beads, lavender, etc.)Plastic container or candy moldsBaking rack Instructions for hand-milled soap: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

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Try our Soap Recipes for Making Homemade Soap with easy, no-fail Recipes HAND-MILLED SOAP MAKING RECIPES for SAGE SOAP Photo by Malene Thyssen Here is a soap that you can rebatch, call your own and here you are making soap without using lye or caustic soda. Therefore it is safe, fun and can be used for kids crafts too. Grate 2 cups of your chosen store-bought white soap, or your homemade Castile soap Place grated soap in a heat-resistant glass bowl Add 1/4 cup of water Take a pot of water simmer over a low heat. Remove from heat and add 1/4 cup rubbed sage. Take a suitable mold, such as an ice cream box, which as been pre-smeared in a thin coating of petroleum jelly to ensure that your soap will be released easily. Pour your soap into the mold and place in fridge to set. Once set remove from fridge and release from mold. Once your soap is dry, cut up your bars accordingly and wrap as desired. This is a basic homemade soap recipe that you can then use to substitute sage for oatmeal, add a teaspoon of saffron or paprika for coloring etc. Grate the soap. 4 oz olive oil

Easy homemade soap As the last generations of Depression-era children or back-to-the-landers take their leave of this world, their DIY skills go with them. When we try to learn from scratch, we soon discover that recipes in books don't tell half the story. DIY soap making and other skills slipping away I have never figured out why this knowledge started slipping away from us, but I am trying to re-learn some of the basics. I now make my own soap, hand lotion, yogurt and bread. My soap recipe is customized to use full bottles of most of the oils, so you don't have a lot of inventory lying around, and you don't have to do a lot of measuring. Making homemade soap can be dangerous Before we begin, let me stress that soap-making can be dangerous. Here is some general homemade soap information Soap is made in two parts, lye and water, plus a mixture of oils. The oils must be gently heated. Lye is VERY caustic, so don't get any on your skin. You will also need a mold. Homemade soap: The hardest step Pour into mold.

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Why eco-friendly soap is better for your health There’s little shortage of scientific proof why you should wash with eco-friendly soap rather than synthetically produced antibacterial soap, which can be detrimental to both your health and the environment’s. Even those who exclusively clean with biodegradable soap at home, however, may at some point be faced with a dilemma: being exposed to potentially contagious germs (think: shaking hands with someone at a party who just sneezed, or going to the bathroom in an airport) or cleaning their hands with, say, antibacterial soap. Assuming your immune system is strong, if you don’t have access to eco-friendly soap outside your home, consider risking exposure to some bacteria rather than using non-biodegradable soap, especially antibacterial varieties, which may: Weaken your immune system Decrease fertility Alter hormones Cause birth defects A common ingredient in eco-friendly soap [here’s an example of a soap that helps preserves orangutan habitat] is lye. Do you use eco-friendly soap?

home made dish soap I got this recipe from : www.frugalhomeliving.blogspot.com Homemade Liquid Dish Washing Soap 1 (7-oz) bar ZOTE or Octagon soap (or 1-2-3 brand soap) {Or cut a 14-oz bar in half} 5 qts. water 1 c. baking soda 1/4 c. washing soda 1/4 c. lemon juice Grate bar soap and place into a heavy stockpot. Pour in water & stir. Heat over medium heat, stirring often until soap is melted. (As the mixture cools in the pot it may begin to gel up and separate itself from the water. To use: Use as you would any store bought detergent. *Note about the 1-2-3 brand soap.

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{Recipes} Homemade Summer Popsicles & Free Printables! It’s summer time and what better way to cool off than with homemade popsicles! These are my two favorite popsicle recipes and have never been able to pick which one I liked better, the strawberry coconut or the honeydew lime, so I decided to share them both with you! Need a reason to make these popsicles? Make for dessert at the summer BBQHave as an afternoon treat with your kidsPlanning a summer birthday party? Not only are both recipes easy peasy, but your kids will love them and so will you! Strawberry Coconut Popsicle Recipe PRINT Recipe {Recipe adapted from With Style and Grace} Ingredients 1 cup strawberries1 cup blueberries1 can light coconut milk1 cups water1 cup apple juice1/2 cup honey5 ounce Dixie cups20-30 Popsicle sticks Directions Add strawberries, blueberries, coconut milk, water, apple juice and honey in a blender. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes (set your timer), insert your wooden sticks, and continue to freeze until the popsicles are completely frozen, about 6 hours.

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