I have been wanting to make soap for a couple of weeks now and I have been hesitating for probably no particular reason. Maybe I was a bit hesitant about the lye ingredient and using it.
I made soap about 10 years ago from rendered fat and it was great and we really liked using it.
So I have finally done it. I have two tubes and one small ice cream container sitting on the bench ready to open tomorrow night, and guess what??? it wasn’t that hard at all.
I bought some fat from the butcher this time (next time I will render our own from our steer we are butchering in a weeks time). It cost me all of nothing and rendered really well and looks just great.
Here is the recipe ingredients:
- 40 oz lard (1134 grams)
- 5.4 oz Lye or Caustic Soda (153.09 grams)
- 13.5 oz water (382.72 grams)
This is it three simple ingredients for a basic soap.
- Rubber gloves
- Goggles or glasses
- Ceramic bowl
- Stainless steel spoon
- Stick blender
First of all mix the Lye with the water.
BE VERY CAREFUL DOING THIS: Always add the lye to the water not the other way around. Keep your nose away because it will fume and get quite hot.
Place lye/water mixture aside and let cool to 100 degrees F.
Melt fat in saucepan and then place into your mixing bowl. I used a ceramic one.
Bring your fat temperature to around 80 degrees F or room temperature.
When mixtures are at the right temperature carefully pour lye mixture into fat.
Stir mixture with a stainless steel spoon and then use a stick blender in 20 second bursts. Stir with blender between. You would probably blend 3 times. I did 4 and I think I slightly over did it.
When mixture is at trace stage (when you see lines of mixture sitting on top). I was so busy trying to mix it and get it right that I forgot to take photos of this stage.
Pour mixture into moulds
I used some tubing that my husband had left over from the aquaponics set up.
I put cling wrap on the bottom before putting the caps on. Then after pouring it in I placed both tubes in a bucket and wrapped a towel around them.
After 24 hours slide the soap out of the tube and slice in to soaps at whatever thickness you desire.
Leave soap on a rack to dry and age for 3 weeks.
I didn’t add any essential oils this time (I didn’t have any) but I have ordered some Lemon Myrtle Essence for next time)
I doubled the recipe and filled both moulds and put the extra bit into an ice cream container lined with cling wrap. I then wrapped this container in a bath towel.
I had trouble getting the soap out of the long pipe moulds but Graeme came to the rescue and poured boiling water along them until they came loose. This didn’t affect the soap at all.
This is the You tube clip that I watched before making the soap. Becky really explains it well.
This post is linked up here…