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Sher -
You can remelt the soap and add more oil to balance the lye - it'll be safer & softer, too! (No more cracks!)

That website that icebear posted is really a good one!

http://www.millersoap.com/trouble.html

This link goes right to the troubleshooting part.
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Old 06-18-2008, 08:29 AM
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excellent thread ! I'm planning on starting to learn to make soap and candles this year, when I can get the supplies. I buy soap from a friend who makes goatsoap, it's wonderful stuff.

is there a basic list of supplies that guys would suggest to have starting out ?

I know there are lists in the books and online but are there things you found that work better then what generally listed

I've made candles before but never soap. when i was in a position to have to I did save all the soap bits and melt them together to make a new bar, it worked enough but wasn't great at all.

I also once melted a bunch of ivory soap and added oatmeal to it : )
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Things I couldn't live without-

A good mold- while you can make soap in anything that isn't reactive to the lye, I would never give up my molds. They are homemade and you can find plans for a simple one here- http://www.soapmaker.ca/tools.htm

A good stick blender- the cheaper ones tend to get really hot; investing in a good one is worth it.

Soap pots- I have a few different sizes, which gives me leeway in how big the batches I make are

A dedicated lye pitcher

Wax Paper and Tape (For lining molds)

A good digital scale- worth it for making sure your measurements are spot on

Gloves/Goggles (or other eye protection) - can never be TOO careful about lye!

A high temp rubber spatula

A candy thermometer

Stainless steel measuring spoons

Also, a big ziplock bag to put your scale in- keeps the oils and such off it!
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Thank you!

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I make all my soap, love the hobby and the product. I make lye soap, but out of all vegetable ingred., lye soap has a bad rap sometimes. If you use a "bar" of soap you have purchased, you are using lye soap. I also make my own laundry and dishwasher soap. It costs pennies a load and workes fine.
Would you consider sharing with my how you make your dishwasher soap? I make my own laundry soap and love it, but hadn't heard of making dishwasher soap. Thanks
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Old 12-29-2008, 11:07 PM
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Is your dishwasher dirty and grimy? Make sure dishwasher is completely empty. Add "Tang" drink crystals where you would normally place dishwasher detergent. Run with "light" cycle. Your dishwasher will be spotless! Do this about twice a year.

Have you run out of dishwasher detergent? Try this formula:

In a plastic container with a firmly fitting lid, mix:
1 cup borax (20-Mule-Team Borax, available in any supermarket)
1 cup baking soda
1/4 cup salt
1/4 cup citric acid
30 drops citrus essential oil--lemon, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, or a mixture

Put all of it in the container, shake it up.

To use, put a Tblsp. or so into each cup of your dishwasher.
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Thanks! I can't wait to try it!
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Did anyone who was going to try making soap actually go for it>>>>? If so.... how did it go?
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So... Do you any of you ever make your own lye from wood ash to use in soap?
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I haven't but remember when my Grandmother used to make it.

Here's the best site that I've found for making soap absolutely from scratch. Even shows how to get the lye from ashes.

http://www.grandpappy.info/wsoap.htm
http://www.grandpappy.info/wsoap.htm

Second link is how you can salvage used fats for soapmaking.

BTW, Tractor Supply stocks lye (as drain cleaner) http://www.tractorsupply.com/plumbin...2-lbs--3001186 Heard that Lowes has it, but haven't checked. TS only stocks 2 bottles at a time. Usually buy 1 or 2 every time I'm there, to build up my stash for cast iron cleaning and soap making. When Red Devil Lye was taken off the market, it took a while to find a 100% sodium hydroxide replacement.

Hope this helps.
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Did anyone who was going to try making soap actually go for it>>>>? If so.... how did it go?
I have & I love it. Most times it works great. On occation may have to soak for a while, but going to try adding some phosphate to the tough loads.
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So... Do you any of you ever make your own lye from wood ash to use in soap?
I have not yet but would like to try some day .
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sissy> I'm so glad it worked for you even if you did have to soak a few batches. Did you catch this thread, http://www.backwoodshome.com/forum/v...392#post276392 ?
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I just finished reading it. As soon as I can find to time I'm going to try these two. I have the lye & the leftover grease (been saving it for a while) LOL. I do have to clean it though. So glad that oldtimer started the thread. Makes it sound easy. LOL
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sissy> what brand of lye are you using and where do you normally buy it please?
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AAA Chemicals (.com?) sells sodium hydroxide. I bought 32 lbs for about $2.00/lb including shipping. I've made aboout 150lbs of soap this spring. Our local bulk store is going to start selling it for us, and we may try to sell some at an 1812 re-enactment.

I would like to make our own lye sometime, but it will be a big guess on how strong it is, IMO.
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Eq, I'm not using lye right, now but what I got on hand right now is ROOTO HOUSEHOLD 100% LYE DRAIN OPENER.
I got it from ACE hardware.
I've not got far enough to use lye yet lol but I got it in stock lol
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Try the egg test, which I know has been around since at least the 1400s: float a raw egg (shell intact) in the cooled lye solution. If the egg sinks, the lye solution is weak and won't work. If the egg seems to be floating completely on the top of the solution, it's too strong and will be lye heavy at the end. If it floats with just a portion of the egg above, it should be the right strength.

My honest suggestion would be to create a batch of lye solution that is exactly the strength you need using measured, store-bought ingredients, then use the egg test on it. This will give you a benchmark for comparison in future tests with the self-generated lye solution.
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FloridaWyld, your tip and suggestion is worth a whole page in a DIY Library. Especially if a picture of the egg floating in a commercial products lye solution is included. Memories fade, but a picture "remembers" just how much of that egg was exposed.

It's tips like yours that's helping all of us build/retain our knowledge base of what's disappearing from our convenience based modern society.

Thank you.
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An excellent idea, Lee. I think I'll follow through with it.
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sissy> says here at this website that the secondary use for Rooto 1030 Crystals Of Household Lye Drain Opener is.... soap making, http://www.acehardwareoutlet.com/Pro...px?SKU=4239216. Makes sense since the product is 100% lye.
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