Friday, September 12, 2008

I Made Soap!

It was so much easier than I thought it would be.  I was worried about using lye, but in truth it wasn't a big deal.  Yes, the safety precautions were necessary.  If something does happen to go wrong with lye, you need to be prepared.

So I made the soap and used a stick blender to get it to "trace".  That took about 20 minutes.  I did take breaks and just hand stir from time to time because the motor on the blender was getting a bit hot.  Even though I only paid $1 for it doesn't mean it's ok to blow up the motor on the first batch.

The soap had to sit in the mold for two days.  So last night I unmolded it and cut it into bars.  Now it just needs 3-4 weeks to harden.  I got 12 medium sized bars from it.  Since it's my first batch I didn't worry about cutting them perfectly even.  I just eye balled it the best I could.I have a feeling I'll be making quite a lot of soap in the near future. 

If you are on my Christmas list, I hope you like soap!


Farmgirl_dk: said...

Wow, I hope I'm on your Christmas list. :-)
Sounds like you had fun with this! One more thing that puts you closer to your "real farm" from your dreams, right? Way to go!

Deborah said...

I make soap too. I'm surprised it took 20 minutes to trace. It usually takes mine about 5 minutes or less. I use a stick blender and follow the directions on, except I use goat milk instead of water.

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