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Has anyone tried making their own laundry soap? We just made some here in a five gallon bucket - for about $30 you get enough for about 3 years of laundry detergent. I havent tried it out yet; still working on the last of the Tide.

Also, have any soapmakers here made their own shaving soap? Is that process different?


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Has anyone tried making their own laundry soap? We just made some here in a five gallon bucket - for about $30 you get enough for about 3 years of laundry detergent. I havent tried it out yet; still working on the last of the Tide.

Also, have any soapmakers here made their own shaving soap? Is that process different?


There's a pretty epic thread on making laundry soap here on the boards.

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Doc Mongo wrote:
Has anyone tried making their own laundry soap? We just made some here in a five gallon bucket - for about $30 you get enough for about 3 years of laundry detergent. I havent tried it out yet; still working on the last of the Tide.

Also, have any soapmakers here made their own shaving soap? Is that process different?


I plan on trying my own shaving soap as soon as my next batch of ingredients arrive.

The process is the same, but any good shaving soap will have high percentages of coconut and shea butters for their skin conditioning properties and castor and palm oils for their lathering benefits.

I should be able to get to it early next week, I will post results and some pics.


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Thank you so much for this information. You have made something I was so afraid of seem doable, and I'm looking forward to trying it.


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Mashed Potatoes wrote:
Doc Mongo wrote:
Has anyone tried making their own laundry soap? We just made some here in a five gallon bucket - for about $30 you get enough for about 3 years of laundry detergent. I havent tried it out yet; still working on the last of the Tide.

Also, have any soapmakers here made their own shaving soap? Is that process different?


I plan on trying my own shaving soap as soon as my next batch of ingredients arrive.

The process is the same, but any good shaving soap will have high percentages of coconut and shea butters for their skin conditioning properties and castor and palm oils for their lathering benefits.

I should be able to get to it early next week, I will post results and some pics.


Looking forward to the post!


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I line my mold with a clear trash bag, and when the soap has set I just
lift it out with the bag, I reuse it till its unusable, I also have used Pringle
can and lined then with the plastic sleeves that they throw the paper in

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samm wrote:
I line my mold with a clear trash bag, and when the soap has set I just
lift it out with the bag, I reuse it till its unusable, I also have used Pringle
can and lined then with the plastic sleeves that they throw the paper in

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Parchment paper works great for loaf molds too.


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kbilly84 wrote:
That makes a ton of sense. Thanks!

For some reason, I'd always figured I needed to cook the stuff as I made it. Now that I know that's not true, I'm gonna have to try it out on my deck this weekend. Figure I'll start with just a small batch. Would the lye and a block of lard I can get at the grocery store work sufficiently for initial experimentation?


Ninja Edit: methinks this thread should be stickied.


YOu may have seen someone make a batch using Hot Process. Most people do HP in a slow cooker and the bars cure faster, some say you can use them after a few days... anyway, I use my CP bars after a few days, so it's all relative.

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Doc Mongo wrote:
Has anyone tried making their own laundry soap? We just made some here in a five gallon bucket - for about $30 you get enough for about 3 years of laundry detergent. I havent tried it out yet; still working on the last of the Tide.

Also, have any soapmakers here made their own shaving soap? Is that process different?



My first batch was laundry soap, well it was supposed to be but I use it for everything, shower, shave, shampoo, I love it. First batch was 20 lb of oil. used cocoa to color part and do swirl. 100% lard with tea tree oil.

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Is it wrong that I want to eat that soap? It looks like it's made of bacon!


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resolute...lol about the bacon, it looks like cedar blocks to me.....it is pretty though

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It actually smells edible, but the scent is from Capella's Double Chocolate flavor drops, and the color is from coffee in the lighter parts and cocoa powder in the dark parts.

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I have made the gelled soap but I I prefer the powdered kind that I make . I would like to find a good shampoo recipe if anyone has one and don't mind sharing.

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great thread, make me want to try making some soap


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have always wanted to learn cold-process. Up till now I have been doing melt and pour, which makes pretty soap, but not suitable for WTSHTF situations; your instructions are great!

Am curious about the soda bi-carbonate process, too: will have to experiment some. Thanks for the topic!

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First time I've been out here in a long time.
When you are making a batch, pull some off to the side and add in cinnamon and then swirl back in to the main batch, tablespoon or two to say 8 or 10 ounces.

Also You can use paper muffin cups as molds.

I keep an eye out for clearance silicon muffin tins after the holidays. They have worked out better for me than anything else so far.

This weekend is the first time I've made any in over a year. Had some citronella oil from a health shop so I made up a batch using that (thinking about for the summer and bugs). the wife is not so sure about it but we will see how it turns out.


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Mashed potatoes,
as it happens, my fiance and I are actually in the works of starting our own soap and candle business. If you don't mind my asking, how profitable is it for you to sell locally like you said you do?


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I am sorry, but mashed potatoes hasn't visited this site (or at least hasn't signed in) since November 12th, 2012, at 7:39 am.

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Okay, thank you for informing me of that.


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A while ago I was reading the ingredients on a body wash at the drugstore, and saw it contained formaldehyde. I did some quick googleing, and found out that it was a common enough ingredient to add. So, here I am, on a mission to use less chemicals on my family, gain a new skill, and, it seems, save some money.

My daughter and I made a soap 2 nights ago, using this recipe; Castor oil 10%
Canola oil 15%
Coconut oil 20%
Olive oil 55%
We used a cinnamon orange herbal tea in place of the water, and a small rubbermade tote as the mold. I didn't want to invest too much in case it was a bust, so we are holding off on colourants and odourants for now.

The soap ended up with very little smell after coming out of the mold, but once it has sat for 4 weeks who knows.

Total 'cooking' time was less than an hour, and we will get 2 lbs of a very cleansing soap I will use after gardening or welding.


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If I already have a liquid soap from soap nuts, what are my options for thickening it so that it is more gel-like or at least won't just run down my hair before I can wash my scalp?

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SteveCA wrote:
Doc Mongo wrote:
Has anyone tried making their own laundry soap? We just made some here in a five gallon bucket - for about $30 you get enough for about 3 years of laundry detergent. I havent tried it out yet; still working on the last of the Tide.

Also, have any soapmakers here made their own shaving soap? Is that process different?



My first batch was laundry soap, well it was supposed to be but I use it for everything, shower, shave, shampoo, I love it. First batch was 20 lb of oil. used cocoa to color part and do swirl. 100% lard with tea tree oil.

pics:

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Image

Second batch:

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Those sure are pretty.

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Anianna wrote:
If I already have a liquid soap from soap nuts, what are my options for thickening it so that it is more gel-like or at least won't just run down my hair before I can wash my scalp?


One site i found recommended xanthan gum.

Soap nuts produce saponin, which is chemically very different from lye soap.


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