This was the yield from The Quick and Easy Way To Make Lye Soap recipe I posted last week.
Id like to share some tips for those making their first batch of home made soap using this recipe.
- Use a measuring cup– For this recipe you could get by with using a measuring cup that has both oz. and ml graduations. 7oz of water can easily be bumped up to 8oz or 1c with no ill effect, and the Lye can be measured out to 100ml – which is very close to 4.4oz needed for this recipe.
- Buy in pre measured containers-If you buy your lard in 16oz containers this will also keep you from needing a digital scale.
- Buy a soap mold-I went cheap and bought mini loaf tins and lined them with wax paper. This is absolutely fine, but it takes some work to make the bars look tidy and square. I would suggest buying a soap mold or making your own from wood if you want to make lots of soap , I like to have good looking and presentable bars myself so I will be using a better and more defined mold in the future.
- Cut the bars when pliable-You can cut your bars within 6 hours of set up if you used this recipe. I advise this because if not the soap will be hard and the edges may crumble a bit. Take advantage of cutting the bars when its still soft.
Don’t throw away the “butts” or ugly “bits”!
Use these parts to make dry flakes for dishwashing and laundry detergent. To make flakes simply grate dry soap on a cheese grater.
I like this soap recipe because its super easy to make and has almost zero odor when finished. The next batches will be poured in a wooden mold that ill make lined with wax paper.
My idea is to make a “clamped” box, so it comes apart-…but that’s another project entirely!
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