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« on: May 10, 2008 02:38:51 PM »

I don't use regular bar soap because we have a septic system and I would like to make my own body wash. I found one recipe but it calls for... bar soap that has been shredded. (the other soaps on this site smell good without even actually smelling them!)

http://www.make-stuff.com/formulas/soap.html

Will this harden back up after it is down the drain? Can I use a 100% glycerin bar instead of buying liquid? I know these are probably less than intelligent questions, but I just had this idea that I should make my own.
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« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2008 05:49:22 PM »

Hi Jeane,

I'm sorry, I don't understand why you can't use bar soap when you are on a septic system.  My parents have a septic system and they use my handmade bar soaps all the time.

I took a look at those recipes with grated soaps.  I've heard that if you try to dilute a bar soap, particularly a castile soap, you will end up with SLIME.  Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2008 06:21:09 PM »

Hi Amy  Smiley

I could use bar soap but it builds up in the tank and after one cleaning you learn how important it is to not put hard soap (including laundry powder) in the system.

Slime huh? That doesn't sound so good either!! Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2008 04:09:05 PM »

Bar soap and liquid soap are made using different catalysts. Sodium hydroxide is used for bar soap and potassium hydroxide is used in liquid soap. Grating bar soap and adding water will give you a slimy mess that  can separate and grows a funky skin on it. Tongue
Contrary to popular belief, glycerine soap isn't 100% glycerine. All soap has glycerine. The clear stuff you see at the store is made by mixing melted soap with alcohol, sugar and (sometimes) extra glycerine. All in all, it's really the same thing as regular bar soap. It just looks pretty and melts faster because of all the extras. http://www.millersoap.com/glycerinsoap.html
If you want to make your own body wash I'd recomend you buy an unscented liquid base and play around with scents and colors. Or... you could make you own liquid soap out of potassium hydroxide.
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