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« on: July 22, 2012 02:28:57 AM »

I'd planned to try some soap making. I really had. But I settled for some conversion instead as a first project, mostly inspired by the fact I'd got some spare hard soap and had run out of liquid soap. Roll Eyes

So found some web recipes and went with one. It recommended 1 cup of water to 1 oz of soap.

I grated my soap, weighed it, added that much (3 1/4 cups) water and went ahead. The first attempt left me with a pretty solid lump in my saucepan. Sad So I added a wee bit (1/3 cup) more water and reheated it, stirred it, waited and got a pretty solid lump very little change so next time I added a bit more water (1/2 cup) and went to bed. Still a pretty solid lump the next morning, but a slight change, at least now it was easy to slice with a knife. So, heartened, I spent the day intermittently adding 1/2 a cup at a time until I'd added more than twice the original amount of water. But still, when I pulled the spoon out the whole of the soap came out of the pan with it like a lollipop! Angry Huh Next day (day 3) I started with a disaster Shocked. I forgot the pan on the stove until the soap was nearly boiled dry (Yikes) so I instantly added 5 cups of water and hoped I hadn't done too much damage. I was reassured, but frustrated to find that when the soap had finally cooled it still came out in a lump, that was pretty much indistinguishable from it's previous incarnation. In all, I estimate that it took 13 cups of water and 5 days to achieve the desired snot-like consistency that would work in my soap dispenser!

A dollop of soap that leapt onto my counter to show it's snot-like-ness


But now I know, I'll be able to do it in a maximum of 2 warmings I'm sure- if I ever need any again: I have a fair bit spare!
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« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2012 10:21:39 AM »

I love your story - the Trials of a Soap maker - I hope it at least smells okay and works as required. "The only real mistake is the one you don't learn from" - I think that was Henry Ford. What is so  nice about craftster is being able to learn from other people's experiences.  Thanks so much for this.
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« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2012 11:09:47 AM »

Haha, gross title!

I think we've all tried this! Dang internet with stupid recipes floating around! The thing is that you're never going to get a good liquid soap consistency from bar soap because they are made from two different kinds of lye. The consistency is always going to be off, but hey, it's still soap and usable, right? Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2012 02:03:30 PM »

this is sort of like when I make laundry soap - its never really liquid . Its always more of a clumpy gel lol but it works amazingly ( the only thing that can get My red hair dye outta the shower curtain - it looks like I murdered someone in there after Im done lol ) and thats all that matter right ... good to see you persisted and ended up with something usable Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2012 03:14:04 PM »

I've been digging out the compost heap today so I've been in dire need of soap: It works perfectly well  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2012 04:42:12 PM »

Awesome! Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2012 11:39:23 AM »

ha ha ha

I am so glad to know that your project turned out even through your many tries!

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« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2012 09:57:32 AM »

My first attempt was too runny and not snot-like enough.  If this ever happens to anyone I learned that adding up to a cup of Borax will fix that problem quickly!  Make sure to start slow and give the mixture time to solidify though.  Smiley  Too much too fast will result in a hard mess again.  Lips sealed
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« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2012 01:09:17 PM »

That's worth knowing too Smiley Thank you.
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« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2012 08:21:36 PM »

Hey, haha, I make snot liquid soap all the time... and have 1 tip to add so that your family and friends will use the soap too. Mine were horrified at first, but this seems to fix it, more or less.

Basically, what you have is just all one mass of goo, right? I had read that whisking or blending the soap helped, but didn't quite understand why. You can literally cut the soap in half by just using scissors or anything with an edge... and that's what will make it more liquid like. In other words, if you "cut" the soap enough times, the goo will be in so many pieces that it'll be indistinguishable from normal soap.
So, all I do is whisk, whisk, whisk while it's still heated. You can't see the difference while it's hot, but it's much easier to break it up then, rather than when it's all gelled again. I don't have any type of mechanized blending device, so I just use an egg-beater and try to not to get too much air in it (unless you like that look, haha).
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