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Liquid soap making
August 25, 2013
8:03 pm
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Hatchling
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Hello,

I've just started making my own soaps.  I was thrilled to find a liquid soap recipe.  I tried it today and I'm not sure but I think I did something wrong.  It's really fluffy and it keeps growing out of the crockpot.  It never did get too hard to stir.  Maybe I need to go back and stir more?  Please help and thanks so much in advance!  :)  

 

August 25, 2013
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Hey monkeychickens!  I'm not a huge soapmaker, I've done so a few times but it's not my favorite thing, still I wanted to answer you since it's getting kind of late, even if I'm not the smartest soap maker here.

Are you using Suzanne's method to make liquid soap?  This is the link to it  http://chickensintheroad.com/house/crafts/how-to-make-liquid-soap 

I'm pretty sure when it does that you do need to stir more, but I'm not sure.  I wish I knew more to tell you!  Hopefully others will speak up.

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August 25, 2013
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Oh Thank You!  I was hoping that was all.  I think my biggest problem was I bought a crock pot that is a little small.  It was puffing up and growing right out of the thing!  I ended up dumping it into a huge stainless pot and blending it with a hand mixer. (I killed my stick blender with it overheating)  It hasn't gotten transparent yet but it's really thick.  I couldn't fit it all back into the crockpot so the excess I have in another stainless bowl with water and sure enough, it's dissolving to clear even though the mixture is white & fluffy.  I'll let you know what I end up with!  Thank you again...... sun2

 

August 28, 2013
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How did this turn out for you?

When things volcano up, just stir down.  But with liquid soap, the paste is brought to a regular hard bar soap trace then beyond until it looks like taffy.  Bringing it to trace means the oils and water/lye have totally combined and won't separate out again.  THEN you start cooking it.  When it's taffy, it doesn't really even move, but is like a thing of gravy that has gelled up.  You actually have to stir it more often so the heat doesn't stay trapped in one part.  The longer it's cooked, the more transparent the paste will become.  The more transparent the paste, the clearer the finished soap will be (after diluting).  It will be non caustic before it's transparent and safe to dilute, but you must check (tongue or pheno stuff) to make sure the lye is cooked out.

Was the soap done (non caustic) before you diluted with water?

Using the stick blender with liquid soap can be frustrating.... it takes so long to trace that will burn the stick blender out if you're not careful.  Blender it for a couple minutes in bursts, then stir it manually (still with the blender like a spoon) for a minute or so.

Isn't it magic?  I just love how it all comes together happy-flower 

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

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