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Chez

Making soap

I'm getting a grip on the day and making some soap. Just thought I'd mention it and be all positive and creative and stuff. Same old recipe - but haven't done it for ages:

16 oz. lard (or Pura) (454g)
2.15 oz. caustic soda (60g)
7 oz. COLD water

- Put the lard to melt in a glass bowl (I used to stick it on top of the rayburn when I had one)
- Add the caustic soda to the cold water (GENTLY! And never the other way round)
- Once the water is clear again, add it slowly to the melted lard, mixing with a hand-blender with a towel over the top to stop it splashing
- When it's going gloopy and you can see the path of the blender in it ('tracing'), pour it in to your mold
- Keep it as warm as you can for a few hours to help the caustic soda/fat reaction continue
- Leave for six weeks somewhere where air can circulate round it - eg in a tea towel in the airing cupboard
- Slice and use
- Or, grate, add a bit of water and some petals/essential oils and wodge in to the mold again to set for a few days before slicing
dpack

EYE PROTECTION PLEASE Shocked

good ventilation and gloves is sensible as well but a bit of lung damage from any caustic aerosol or making a bit of skin soap is pretty minor compared to a poached eye.

apart from that soap making is fun and quite easy .

enjoy

PS for a fully downsized soap using lye concentrated down by boiling and evaporation from wood ash "tea" is a jolly variation on using industrial caustic soda.
Chez

I draw the line at making my own lye. There's downsizing and then there's downsizing. But I take comfort it knowing that post-apocalypse I'll be able to Smile

All done!

dpack

Cool
tahir

I draw the line at making my own lye. There's downsizing and then there's downsizing. But I take comfort it knowing that post-apocalypse I'll be able to Smile


I take comfort in knowing that I'll still be able to source soap post apocalypse. Now who's going to make the washing up liquid?
dpack

sulphonation chemistry is part of my skill set , you drain the sump and car battery i will get the fire wood and cast iron pot Laughing

that one needs eye protection as well Laughing Laughing Laughing
Nick

If we have an apocalypse, I'm stopping washing.
dpack

not even with horsechestnut leaf tea?
Ty Gwyn

I draw the line at making my own lye. There's downsizing and then there's downsizing. But I take comfort it knowing that post-apocalypse I'll be able to Smile


I take comfort in knowing that I'll still be able to source soap post apocalypse. Now who's going to make the washing up liquid?

The Fairy of course,lol.
Chez

If we have an apocalypse, I'm stopping washing.

Unwise. Post-apocalyptic chafing would be really bad.
dpack

If we have an apocalypse, I'm stopping washing.

Unwise. Post-apocalyptic chafing would be really bad.

and the infections can be a bit nasty if the nearest surviving medic has no supplies and a training in using modern medicines .

the ability to make soap is a good skill.

strong lye is fairly easy but so is caustic soda if you have a good salt supply, heat and DC electricity.
Nick

I'm not intending on hanging round long enough for that to be an issue. Mistress Rose

Lye isn't so bad as it is not as concentrated as commercial sodium hydroxide. But to make hard soap you then need salt. Of course if you make soft soap you can use it for washing up liquid.

Finding soap in the supermarket these days is becoming increasingly difficult. There are all sorts of shower gel, hand cleaning gels etc. but soap is not so easy, and usually low down where you don't notice it.
gregotyn

It would appear that the horse chestnut tree leave are under threat from some grub, so its soap may become obsolete, dpack. And so conkers may become an obsolete 'game', read it somewhere-Daily Mail I think! dpack

It would appear that the horse chestnut tree leave are under threat from some grub, so its soap may become obsolete, dpack. And so conkers may become an obsolete 'game', read it somewhere-Daily Mail I think!

by observation about a quarter of horse chestnuts are resistant to the red death disease Cool i dont know about any insect threat as yet.
Nick

http://www.conkertreescience.org.uk/threats dpack

ta ,we have all three round here the moth is quite well known and affects about 30% of those who survived the red death,so far it does not seem fatal and some seem to only get them for a couple of years and are then clear.

as mentioned the blotch thing seems fairly benign.
Mistress Rose

We have had the leaf miner here for some years, but am not aware of bleeding canker yet thank goodness. gregotyn

I was starting to worry that conkers would be a thing of my distant youth, and that my young friends' children would not be keen on helping me when I hit the "I am still young" phase in life to fulfil the playing of the game again. The 5 yo is likely to enjoy beating me as he is already a tough nut, (slight pun in tended).
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