With today’s economy being the worst America has ever seen, now more than ever, we all need to go green and save big money. Every dollar saved today means more to pay on our mortgages and sometimes even helping to put enough food on the table. Here is a way to save more of your money by making your own pure homemade soap using only two simple ingredients!
Are you tired of paying those high prices for even the simplest of household necessities? It’s simply ridiculous the way prices on even the most basic of products have risen with the fall of our economy. It seems big business is passing their loses onto us, the consumers. Here is a guide to help your family go green by making your own homemade soap that I have used for many years.
1 can lye dissolved in 1 1/2 cups cold water. Stir, cover, then let it cool to room temperature.
6 pounds clean grease at room temperature.
You can keep a coffee can with a cloth tied over and around the top to pour all of your bacon grease, sausage fryings or drippings from a roast. Lard and tallow make the best homemade soap. Wash the grease when the can becomes full and then make soap. You can ask friends to save their grease for you!
There are many different ways to go green, some you may not have heard of before. Be the first to share this go green tip with your family and friends! How to wash your grease. This is an important part of making homemade soap, but extremely useful in extending the usage your normally get from your cooking grease. Put the grease and equal amounts of water into a sizable kettle. Heat until it just comes to the point of boiling, remove from heat and stir. Add more cold water, then let it sit in a cold place overnight so that the grease hardens. Then cut it into small 1/2 inch squares and bring the grease up out of the water. Scrape off any scum that may still be on the bottom of the fat. To have nice white soap, you may need to wash the fat two or three times.
Carefully empty the lye into a glass or plastic quart jar, never use metal. Add the cold water and stir. Do not breath the fumes. Read the warnings on the label of the lye can. If you get any on you, wash it off.
Use a wooden spoon or stick and stir. Put a lid on the container and let it sit until it reaches room temperature or until cold.
Next, warm up the fat, until it becomes of a tepid consistency that’s syrupy. Put the fat into a plastic dishpan. Now add the lye mixture. Pour it into the fat in a thin steady stream while slowly stirring. Rapid adding of the lye, or hard stirring may cause separation. Thorough stirring is essential to the proper making of homemade soap. Occasionally the mixture will develop a honey-like consistency and turn yellow. Do not let this alarm you. It will whiten! If you care to add perfume or coloring, this is the time to do it. Be sure your perfume is not an alcohol base. The perfume you use to add to your homemade soap must be of an oil base.
Stir the dishpan until you get tired of it! Cover it with clean towels or newspapers so that you keep what heat there is in it, and leave it until morning. Then take a knife and cut the soap into bars. You must cut it now, because if you leave it too long it will surely become too hard to cut. Then just leave it in the dishpan for about 2 weeks to cure. Slip a knife around the sides and turn the dishpan upside down to release the soap. This soap improves with age, so the longer you keep it the better it will turn out to be.
To make washing machine soap simply use a grater and grate the soap directly into your machine!
One of the results you will enjoy from going green with making your own pure homemade soap include the satisfying feeling you will get from knowing you are doing your part to keep alot of trash from reaching the landfills. Just think of all the empty dish detergent bottles, soap bar packaging, and all those plastic laundry detergent soap containers you will never have to throw away.
Happy Soap Making!