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Distilled Water and Soap Making You're probably curious as to why I would recommend using distilled water. The soap making process works best with water that is soft and doesn't contain excess minerals or other impurities. If you have soft water or have access to some, use it! For years I used the soft well water from my Mother's house. I just put it through a Britta filter and it worked great. You can tell that your water is soft if you feel like the soap doesn't rinse off when you wash. Want something a little bit different? Add the lye to the reduced amount of water and cool to about 90 degrees F. or 32 degrees C. Many other liquids can be used in place of water as well.

Make Cold Process Soap - How to Make Homemade Soap - Soap Making From Scratch How to Make Soap - Prepare Your Soap Making Workspace, Ingredients, & Lye The Ingredients and Tools for this Batch of Soap David Fisher So you want to make soap at home - but aren't quite sure where to start. The most basic way of making soap from scratch is called "cold process" - because no heat is added to the soap during the process other than what is needed to melt the oils. The first thing you'll need to start making soap is a recipe. Next, assemble all of your equipment, materials and ingredients, your recipe, and organize your workspace. Because it takes time to cool, make your lye solution first, and set it aside in a safe place.

Soap Making Oils - Oils for Making Soap - Qualities of Soapmaking Oils - Oils for Soap Recipes Grapeseed Oil Grapeseed oil is a lightweight, moisturizing oil that is a good additive to soap in small quantities. It doesn't have a long shelf life, so unless you treat it with rosemary oleoresin extract, or have a very low superfat percentage, don't use it more than about 5% in your recipe. Grapeseed oil is lovely in lotions, shaving oils, bath oils, and especially massage oils as it absorbs well without a really greasy afterfeeling. Hazelnut Oil Hazelnut oil is an excellent moisturizer in lotions and creams, but has a short shelf life (3-4 months). Hemp Seed Oil Hemp seed oil is a deep, green color with a light, nutty smell. Jojoba Oil Jojoba is actually a liquid wax that is very similar to sebum in its chemical composition. Kukui Nut Oil A rich, liquid nut oil that's native to Hawaii, kukui nut oil contributes to a nice, creamy stable lather in the soap, and is nicely moisturizing. Lard Macadamia Nut Oil Macadamia nut oil is a light oil with a mild nutty odor. Neem Oil Olive Oil, Pomace

Making homemade castile soap A guide to making your own castile soap at home, which is a commonly-made gentle lye soap. Photo Credit: Stacey Walker By John Casteele Using natural or homemade soap is a trend that has seen an enormous popularity in recent years; it's a great way to know exactly what you're putting on your body as well as keeping old traditions alive. One of the more popular forms of homemade soap is Castile soap, a gentle lye soap that's named after a region in Spain (it's country of origin.) Castile soap is perhaps one of the gentlest soaps to date, a fact that makes it the choice of many mothers when choosing a first soap for their babies. To make your own Castile soap, you'll need the following: 2 lbs. 100% pure olive oil 2 oz. beeswax pearls 4-5 oz. lye crystals (available at most hobby and department stores) 10-12 oz. distilled water 2 oz. scented oil (herbal essential oils work best) Food coloring (a color to match the scent of the oil is recommended) © Copyright 2009.

Homemade Laundry Detergent Making your own homemade laundry detergent can be a great way to save on an ongoing basis. Here’s recipe that a HBHW reader submitted. Be sure to also read through the comments section below. We have quite a bit of good discussion on the topic going on and there are many questions that came up and have been answered below. What you need: All ingredients can be found at your local grocery store in the laundry isle. 1 bar of Fels Naptha soap, shaved4 cups of hot water to melt the soap3 gallons of hot water1 cup of borax2 cups of washing soda1 cup of baking soda1 large Rubbermaid container about 4-5 gallons size Here’s what you do: Grate the soap into a saucepan. Add 4 cups of hot water to the pan. Add borax, washing soda and baking soda to the hot water. Add 3 gallons of hot water to the large container. Further Reading – Keeping It Clean This is a 3 ebook series that will help you spend less time and money on your laundry. Grab your copy today at

Soap Making Oils - Base Oils for Making Handmade Soap The variety of soap making oils available today is literally mind boggling! Deciding what types of oils to add to your soap making supplies inventory can be a very difficult task. Before you even start, you need to decide what it is you want from your soap. Or maybe lather means nothing to you and you're more concerned with making a soap that is super gentle for sensitive skin. Once you've decided what you want from your soap, you can start to pick out the soap making oils that will achieve the effect you are looking for. I've included a good sized list of oils below that are often used in soap making. Formulating a Recipe You've decided what you want your soap to be like, you've researched the oils and choose some to use but now you're stuck. How the heck are you supposed to figure out how to put it all together? When I'm creating a new recipe, I start with my Basic Homemade Soap recipe which contains 30% Coconut Oil, 40% Olive Oil and 30% Palm Oil. One thing to remember. Condition Me.

10 Homemade Laundry Soap Detergent Recipes Here is a nice stack of different recipes for making homemade laundry detergent that I’ve collected over the years. Do they work? Yes, I’ve had good luck with them. Making your own is a discipline and it’s not for everyone, but it definitely saves money–sometimes just costing pennies a load! For the bar soaps required in the recipes, you could try Fels-Naptha, Ivory, Sunlight, Kirk’s Hardwater Castile, and Zote. Here are ten different recipes you can try, I’ve also added a very useful Frequently Asked Questions section at the bottom of the page. 1 quart Water (boiling) 2 cups Bar soap (grated) 2 cups Borax 2 cups Washing Soda Add finely grated bar soap to the boiling water and stir until soap is melted. Hot water 1 cup Washing Soda 1/2 cup Borax 1 Soap bar Grate the bar and add to a large saucepan with hot water. Hot water 1/2 cup Washing Soda 1/2 cup Borax 1/3 bar Soap (grated) In a large pot, heat 3 pints of water. Powdered – Recipe #4 Melt grated bar in saucepan with water to cover.

Homemade Body Wash - Keep Scary Out Of Your Shower - To Be A Farmer - Little Seed Farm Our Homemade Lavender-Lemongrass Body WashWhat do you put on your body every day? By the time I’ve finished my morning routine I’ve used shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, toner, moisturizer and sunscreen for my face, and lotion for my body. Somehow, it took me close to a year before I started wondering what the heck was actually in those bottles in my shower. Isn't it odd that we’ve become so conscious of what we put inside our bodies, and somehow managed not to give any thought about what we were putting on them? All of that changed a few weeks ago when a friend recommended The Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Database which rates products according to the chemicals they contain and how harmful they are. I searched the items in my bathroom and found that all of them except for what I put on my face (Alba Botanica and Kiss My Face) had a moderate to high hazard score. Scrapple and I have been using it for about 2 weeks now and will never go back! Give it a try! 1. 2.

Try our Soap Recipes for Making Homemade Soap and 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. 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. HAND-MILLED SOAP MAKING RECIPES for OATMEAL and HONEY SOAP Grate the soap. 20 oz coconut oil

Soap Making Instructions | Soap Making Recipes and Tutorials | Teach Soap Butter and oil ingredients for making soap, bath, body, and spa products Vegetable and nut oils as well as some butters are used in soapmaking and spa products, they are also used as additives to hand-milled soaps to produce a superfatted soap, lastly they are used as bases for your soap or carrier oils for Essential and Fragrance oils. We use the oils and butters as they carry and dilute the concentrated essential and fragrance oils making them safe to use on the skin. They inhibit evaporation and act like a fixative, helping the essential Oils to be quickly absorbed into the skin, or holding the fragrance oils on the skin for lasting scent. Most oils especially those that are liquid at room temperature should be kept in the refrigerator or well below room temperature for the longest shelf life, and refrigeration is always recommended for hemp seed and flax seed oils. If you keep your oils in the fridge and they start to look solid or milky that is fine just bring them to room temperature before you use them.

Soap Making 101 – How To Make Cold Process Soap Soap Making 101 – How To Make Cold Process Soap Please be sure to Join our email list and receive all our latest and best tutorials daily – free! 8K+ Background image – Have you ever wanted to make your own “personalized” soap using your favorite herbs? There are a few methods of making soap and this one is called “cold process” – meaning, obviously, that no heat is required. It’s important to note that soap making is not the easiest DIY recipe out there. The tutorial is really well put together and includes the essential safety tips. One of the great benefits of making your own soap is that you can use your favorite essential oils and skin oils. Here, then is the full tutorial: How to Compost Food Scraps Composting food scraps at home is one of the most important aspects of home composting. Why? Because food scrap items such as vegetable and fruit waste, meal leftovers, coffee grounds, tea bags, stale bread, grains, and general refrigerator spoilage are an everyday occurrence in most households. One of the "great waves" in municipal and home recycling is the concentration on what to do with the enormous amount of food waste generated in and out of the home, by businesses, or as a result of surplus farming. On the grand scale, it is estimated that about one-half of all food that is produced or consumed in the U.S. is discarded. A typical household throws away an estimated 474 pounds of food waste each year. Up to 90 percent of waste thrown out by businesses like supermarkets and restaurants is food scraps. Believe it or not, some cities have issues with the home composting of food scraps. Some communities are exploring curbside food waste disposal, using specially designed receptacles.

Soap A collection of decorative soaps, often found in hotels Two equivalent images of the chemical structure of sodium stearate, a typical soap. Mechanism of cleansing soaps[edit] Structure of a micelle, a cell-like structure formed by the aggregation of soap subunits (such as sodium stearate): The exterior of the micelle is hydrophilic (attracted to water) and the interior is lipophilic (attracted to oils). Action of soap[edit] When used for cleaning, soap allows otherwise insoluble particles to become soluble in water and then be rinsed away. Effect of the alkali[edit] Effects of fats[edit] Soaps are derivatives of fatty acids. History of cleansing soaps[edit] Early history[edit] The earliest recorded evidence of the production of soap-like materials dates back to around 2800 BC in ancient Babylon.[5] A formula for soap consisting of water, alkali, and cassia oil was written on a Babylonian clay tablet around 2200 BC. Ancient Rome[edit] Ancient China[edit] Middle East[edit] Medieval Europe[edit]