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Making soap
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Ole Buzzard    Posted 11-03-2003 at 10:10:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Does anyone here make soap? If so I would like to email you with some questions


Michele    Posted 11-05-2003 at 16:50:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Some people around here (Virginia) are making decent money (I don't know about profit) selling homemade soaps at farmers markets. According to the other posters here, however, it's not worth it, but if you want to feel a sense of thrift by making your own, try not throwing away your old chunks of Dial and Ivory, but rather lumping them together with a little water till they're soft, then moulding them into greased candy molds, novelty cookie pans, etc.


hay    Posted 11-04-2003 at 03:17:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
i used make soap back in the 70's and early 80's, but although it cleaned good, it was greasy and left a greasy feel on everything it touched. if i remember correctly the specs for tallow to lye has to be fairly right or the stuff will be a gloppy, greasy mess.


deadcarp    Posted 11-03-2003 at 15:51:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
i tried a batch once in a plastic tube (4" pipe)- the stuff set alright but i had to nudge it with the log splitter to get it started outa the mold. don't let lye anywhere near aluminum unless you hate the kettle and love foam. :)

my gramma used to save all the renderings and tallow from buchering, get her lye by running rain water thru wood ashes in the rainbarrel and used cakepans for molds. we'd shave the bars into the maytag for laundry soap. cleaned okay but wasn't much lather.


ret    Posted 11-03-2003 at 20:01:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
I remember doing that in grade school somewhere in 1940, worked good too as I remember. I got an old book my dad had that has recipes for just about everything. Trouble is, it is so old it is starting to come apart.Have to dig it out. I noticed that a lot of the ingredients used are not available anymore
REt


rhudson, motherinlaw    Posted 11-03-2003 at 14:51:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
been wanting to but never have. i have a motherinlaw that makes it from time to time. if you would like i could repeat your questions to her. let me warn you, she's old fashioned type so don't expect anything fancy.


rhudson, motherinlaw    Posted 11-03-2003 at 14:48:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
been wanting to but never have. i have a motherinlaw that makes it from time to time. if you would like i could repeat your questions to her. let me warn you, she's old fashioned type so don't expect anything fancy.


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