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Make Your Own: Vegetable Soaps

Posted on January 16, 2014 by Rachel Tardif There have been 0 comments

Why it matters:
 
Homemade soap is an affordable luxury – you can use natural glycerin that is a skin softener not usually found in commercial soaps and also avoid the unnecessary chemicals, dyes, and perfumes you find is the soaps on your drug store shelf.
 
A list of things you need:

  • Safety goggles
  • Rubber gloves
  • Plastic pitchers
  • Plastic stirring spoons or stick blenders
  • Two candy thermometers
  • Stainless-steel or enameled pot
  • Kitchen scale
  • Plastic box with the lid
  • Blanket or thick towel
  • 78 oz. olive oil
  • 6 oz. coconut oil
  • 6 oz. palm oil
  • 12 oz. lye flakes
  • 24 oz. soft water (filtered or store-bought)

 
Step-by-step instructions:

  • Put on rubber gloves and safety goggles.
  • Accurately measure all the ingredients.
  • In a plastic pitcher, add lye flakes into the water.
  • Put a candy thermometer into the lye solution and wait until it reaches 100°F (it may take a couple of hours).
  • Slowly melt the coconut oil and palm oil in a stainless pot.
  • Take it off the heat and add the olive oil.
  • Put the candy thermometer into the oil mixture, and let it cool to 100°F.
  • Slowly add lye solution and stir it with plastic spoon.
  • When all of the lye is added use a stick to stir and speed up the thickening process. It may take up to 10 minutes.
  • If you want to add some color to your soap, use candle dyes, turmeric, paprika, cinnamon, or cocoa.
  • To add scent, use peppermint, lavender, cinnamon, or clove.
  • Now pour the mixture into the plastic box, cover it with the lid and wrap it with the blanket. Leave it for 24 hours.
  • After the soap has cooled down, take it out of the plastic box.
  • Cut it in cubes, and let it completely dry out for at least a month.

 
Helpful green hints:

  • Do not use anything aluminum.
  • Wear long-sleeve shirts, slacks, and shoes, in case of lye splashes.
  • Do not allow kids and pets to be present when working with lye.

This post was posted in Blog and Green Library, Fighting Allergies, Green Tips and DIY, Health and Safety and was tagged with green living, HEALTH SENSITIVE

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