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Old 04-02-2009, 04:06 PM   #11
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Old 04-03-2009, 02:22 PM   #12
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Your welcome -- Got save where we can these days.

I also should mention on the fabric softner part, I find that the sponges brake off peices so I went to our local Dollar store and brought pkg wash clothes -when i go to use just dip it in the softner and then ring it out and throw into your dryer. I don't leave them in the container of solution. Also buy diferrent color ones then your normal wash clothes, easier to pick them out,
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Old 04-03-2009, 03:12 PM   #13
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Thanks for the links Bethzaring. I've had a quick scout about the websites . I don't think the ingredients will be too difficult to get in this area. I bought some homemade olive oil soap in the nearby village, apparently made by somebody's grandmother. It was being sold by kids looking to raise money for the school, so I didn't get to speak to whoever made it. I've asked around locally for a recipe but among my friends it seems to be a forgotten art. I'll have to look out for a little old lady wearing eye goggles to protect against injury. If there's one about, she should certainly stand out from the crowd!
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Old 04-14-2009, 07:14 PM   #14
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good luck alix, Just remember do not walk away from the stove - It will boil over - the next day is you find it a gel just stir it up and it goes back to a thicker liquid. then just put it in your containers. Like I said I save my milk jugs.

I've been making my own laundry detergents for awhile myself.
I found that adding a couple Tbs. of liquid glycerin per gallon of
finished detergent keeps it from clotting up so badly and separating.
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Old 04-16-2009, 05:48 AM   #15
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I' ll have to give that a try-
Where can you find that ?
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Old 04-16-2009, 07:12 AM   #16
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letscook, if you are asking about glycerin, it's found in the pharmacy and cosmetics area of a big box store, or a pharmacy, not too expensive.

Also, glycerin is a by-product of the soap making process (saponification). It is what manufacturers take out of their soap to sell separately from whats left of the 'soap'.

I make my own soaps for a number (8 ?) of years now, the glycerin is still in it and it's moisturizing to the skin. I make it in a process called 'cold process' (not hot process, not melt and pour). I make a LOT of it, and use it to barter for other items (jams jellies seeds fabric etc).
I also make homemade laundry detergent, using my homemade soap. I just can't see spending money on detergent when it's so expensive. ~Bliss
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Old 04-16-2009, 10:06 AM   #17
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Bliss answered it for me. I get mine at CVS in the cosmetic section.
it's not an item they place at eye level - my store places it at the
floor! but it's cheap, like 1.50 or so. the first time I read about
adding it I was really skeptical because the homemade detergent
separates and gels so much. I add the glycerin with a large wire
whisk after the finished detergent has cooled and then I slap a lid
on it and let it sit for 24 hours or so before I use it. it really works
well. when I first started making my own I would get irritated by
those little lumps that would gel up because they tend to not
always dissolve completely in this ancient washer here.
the glycerin made all the difference. and I'm not entirely sure
but I think that stirring in the soda/borax mixture AFTER boiling
down and cooling the soap makes some difference, too.
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Old 04-16-2009, 10:26 AM   #18
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I've been so busy I haven't had a chance to assemble everything and find a time to do this yet, but its on my agenda for the weekend. Couple of questions for anyone:

1. Anyone put fragrance in? Like for example something citrusy or lavender maybe? I have some dried lavender from the summer.

2. Blissful, is there an amount for the glycerin? And are there different types of glycerin?

3. Cold process? Can you post your soap recipe somewhere? I'd love to try that too. I think bethzaring makes soap too so I'd love to see that thread get going.
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I researched saponification for two months before I attempted to make soap. There is no one recipe. First you assemble your ingredients, then you use a lye calculator to determine the quantities of each of your ingredients. Here is a link of one of many websites telling how to make soap. It is best to have a scale that measures grams to weigh your lye.

Natural soap making, Soap formula, Soap making Supplies, Natural Soap bars, Soap Molds, Lye Calculator, and Soapmaking Kits.

I made soap twice, simply to use up some lard. The first batch was made from 100% lard for the fat and it really could have used a fragrance. The lye I bought came with a sample of blueberry fragrance and I used it in my second batch....very nice.

The directions to make soap made my head spin. But I was able to make about 10 pounds of very nice soap after careful research. Lye is nothing to sneeze at. Wear protective gear. And good luck, it really is a neat chemistry project.
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Old 04-16-2009, 08:21 PM   #20
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I don't put any scent in it as i don't like heavy scented things.
Also with summetime approaching I don't were scented items due to bees , insects, love scented item.

Thanks for the glycerin info.
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