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« Reply #1310 on: April 09, 2010 12:26:31 PM »

I am beginning to think having free child labor might be the best frugal tip of all... Smiley
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« Reply #1311 on: April 09, 2010 01:08:33 PM »

I am attempting to grow loofah this season too Smiley I am rather excited to incorporate it into my soaps, especially as I really want to attempt CP soap. Just have to figure out where to get lye for a decent price around here.

I came home from class yesterday to my boyfriend building me 2 raised beds in the backyard with our free lumber he drove to go pick up. How sweet! I cant wait to use them once I have some more sprouts!
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« Reply #1312 on: April 09, 2010 01:34:05 PM »

Loofah soap is so awesome!! You have to build a trellis around them so the fruit can grow upwards...it does take a while to dry them out and the seeds are a pain to remove but they are funny looking and the vines are beautiful!  I grow them with my hummingbird vines so they intertwine and it looks like I have cucumbers with red flowers! ha ha I had no idea lye was costly...

yay for your raised beds!  They are great for being able to weed easier, mulch, etc.
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« Reply #1313 on: April 09, 2010 02:07:50 PM »

Casey--I can help ya find cheap lye!
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« Reply #1314 on: April 09, 2010 02:55:29 PM »

@ alwaysinmyroom  since I'm not sure where your located I will suggest this:  try your local hardware store, or if you have a home depot or lowe's in your area.  I know Walmart use to carry it in their plumbing isle but not for sure if they still do, I still have about 1/1 a bottle of red devil lye I bought several yrs ago.  
 
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« Reply #1315 on: April 09, 2010 03:00:45 PM »

cat2007 - that was me looking for lye Smiley Thanks for the tips! I just messaged MareMare as well as she said she could help me!

always- Thanks for the tips with loofah. How pretty your trellis muct look once its all bloomed! I have some in our shed so I will use that once they start getting to that height.
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« Reply #1316 on: April 09, 2010 03:14:12 PM »

@ alwaysinmyroom  since I'm not sure where your located I will suggest this:  try your local hardware store, or if you have a home depot or lowe's in your area.  I know Walmart use to carry it in their plumbing isle but not for sure if they still do, I still have about 1/1 a bottle of red devil lye I bought several yrs ago.   

you could just make you own though If you care to take the time.  (this was in my soap making folder, don't know where it came from so to give credit... to someone on the internet.)
SOAP.
In the city, I believe, it is better to exchange ashes and grease for soap; but in the country, I am certain, it is
good economy to make one's own soap. If you burn wood, you can make your own lye; but the ashes of coal
is not worth much. Bore small holes in the bottom of a barrel, place four bricks around, and fill the barrel with
ashes. Wet the ashes well, but not enough to drop; let it soak thus three or four days; then pour a gallon of
water in every hour or two, for a day or more, and let it drop into a pail or tub beneath.


Please don't try to make your own lye for soapmaking. It is very unsafe and the end result is going to be iffy. Lye really isn't too expensive, you just have to find a good source. Unfortunately Red Devil is either hard to find or impossible to find, since the meth epidemic is so large, and lye is a component in meth, there are very less easy sources for lye now then there used to be.
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« Reply #1317 on: April 09, 2010 03:41:29 PM »

I'm sure Cat meant well, but please, please, please please do not try to make your own lye. Not only is the process tricky and mildly dangerous, the final result is NOT equal to what cold-process soapmakers use. People used to make their own lye in the 18th and 19th century (heck, my grandmother was making it in the 1920's) but the process used to make soap was not the same that any of us soapmakers do on the B&B board, and in fact you'd be hard-pressed to find reliable instructions for using it.

I'm sending you a message right now, Casey1201, on finding lye. A lot of cities do not allow the sale of lye in hardware stores for the reason MareMare mentioned. Here in Centennial, we have that law. Also, a lot of lye brands at the hardware store are merely lye mixtures, and not pure lye. You always want to check the label to make sure it is 100% pure lye! (There is a green bottle, for instance that is 90% lye, and that won't work!)
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« Reply #1318 on: April 09, 2010 11:18:21 PM »

 I'm really amazed at reading about the loofahs! I thought they came from the ocean!
I do not see muself making soap. I may try doing some flavored bath/oil salts. We have some anise stars, if I can get them away from MOM! My plan was to simmer them in almond oil, and then add to the epsom salts.
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« Reply #1319 on: April 10, 2010 06:56:02 AM »

I would love to grow a loofah plant. You think they grow well in the Mid-South?
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