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DIY Soap (Ideas & Tips)

Instruction

The last thing you have to do: Knife or kitchen grater, base z. B. wooden board, water, optionally stoves (+ smaller pot) or oven (+ heat-resistant bowl or pot with lid) or microwave

First step (crush curd soap): Take the desired amount of curd soap and cut it into small pieces with the knife or scrape off flakes from the large piece. Alternatively, you can rub the curd soap into small pieces with a kitchen grater. The smaller and finer the pieces, the smoother and faster the melting process.

Second step (melt curd soap): In the microwave (approx. 10 minutes): Put the crushed bars of soap in the bowl with some water (10 tablespoons per 100 grams of curd soap) and place them in the microwave for 60 seconds at 500 watts. If the consistency is still unsatisfactory, stir everything and put it in the microwave again for 40 seconds. Repeat this step until the consistency seems ideal for you. Be careful not to let it boil over
In the oven (approx. 2 hours): Put the crushed pieces of soap in the bowl / saucepan with some water (17 tablespoons per 100 grams of curd soap) and put everything in the oven with the lid closed at 100 - 120 ° C top and bottom heat. Stir the mixture every now and then. Also keep adding a little water if the mixture looks too dry. As soon as the mixture has the ideal consistency, take it out of the oven.
On the stove (approx. 35 minutes): Put the crushed pieces of soap in the pot with a little water (17 tablespoons per 100 grams of curd soap) and place this on the stove on low to medium heat. The mixture should simmer gently but not boil. Should the mixture in the pot start to boil vigorously, reduce the heat of the stove or remove the pot from the plate from time to time. Stir the mixture regularly and keep adding a little water if the mixture looks too dry. You take the finished soap mass off the stove.

Regardless of which way you melt the raw soap, as soon as it has a pudding-like consistency, it is ready for further processing.

Third step (let your creativity run free): You can upgrade the raw soap mass as you please. To do this, take some of the mixture and mix it with any additions. For more suppleness you can z. B. Add oils, honey or milk. Scented oils, flowers, coffee or herbs are suitable for a pleasant aroma. Of course you can also add colors and sea salt for a natural peeling (see tips & ideas).
There are no limits to the shapes. You can use the supplied organic forms. Here you can mix the raw soap mass directly in the molds with the additions. However, make sure that the mass is compact with all molds. You can do this by pressing the filled mold onto the work surface with a spoon or tapping it.
Of course, any free forms are also possible. For example, what do you think of bullets? These are perfect for breading with flowers or salts from the outside. You can also roll out the mass and create and design beautiful variations with a knife, cookie cutter or stamp. Here, however, the mass should cool down a little after it has been rolled out in order to get clean cut edges. Usually the soaps are ready to use or give away after 24 to 48 hours. They are completely hardened after a week, as the liquid has then completely evaporated.

 

Pimp Your Soap

You are free to decide on the addition and dosage. However, to achieve a firm soap consistency, the following dosage is recommended (always refers to 20 grams - corresponds to an organic form):
Flowers, herbs, grains or salts > half a teaspoon (crush if necessary)
Fragrance oils > 4 to 6 drops
Colors, pigments > as desired (the more, the deeper the shade)
Honey, coffee, tea > a whole teaspoon
Oils (olive, coconut, vegetable oil) > a whole teaspoon

Since there are endless variations in how you can upgrade your soap, here are a few examples with tips on how these can work:
Flowers, herbs > have an aromatic effect and evoke different properties. For example, lavender, chamomile, mint, basil, sage and aloe vera have a cleansing and anti-inflammatory effect. Parsley, rosemary, nettle, and dandelion are also good for stressed skin.
Scents > Give the soap a nice aroma. Just try out which scent you find pleasant - everything is allowed, from orange peel and lemon concentrate to cinnamon and vanilla.
Colors, pigments > Serve the optics and make every soap an eye-catcher.
Honey > Accelerates wound healing and has a disinfectant effect.
Coffee > Regardless of whether it is ground or liquid, coffee counteracts the aging process and stimulates blood circulation in the skin.
Grains, salts > This gives a natural peeling, free of microplastics. Sea salts are best for this. You can also use clay, fine oatmeal, or ground coffee.
Oil > Inhibits inflammation and helps the skin prevent moisture loss.

 

Tips & other Ideas

The fastest DIY soap in the world: If you have grated bars of soap, put them in a bowl with some water and knead everything through. If it's still too crumbly, add some more water. When kneading, you can then knead in your freely selectable additions. Shape the mass into balls, hearts or shapes that you like and let them harden for 12 hours. The fastest DIY soap in the world is ready.

Make new from old: If you are not satisfied with your soap bars or with the result, you can cut the soap bars with a knife. You can easily melt the sections again and shape new bars of soap out of them and design them as you like.

dishwashing detergent
What you need: 15 g of finely grated curd soap, 3 teaspoons of baking soda, 500 ml of water, optional (essential oils or lemon juice), sealable bottle or vessel (the size should be selected according to the amount of water), stove, pot, whisk
How to do it: Bring the water to a simmer on the stove and stir in the finely grated curd soap with a whisk. Remove everything from the stove as soon as the curd soap has dissolved. Let the mixture cool and stir occasionally. If the liquid soap is too thick or pudding-like, add a little more water and stir everything vigorously until the mixture becomes slightly gel-like. After cooling down, add the baking soda and optionally essential oils or lemon juice (approx. 10-20 drops). Stir everything well again and fill into the bottle. The self-made detergent has a shelf life of at least three months. Should something settle in the bottle, simply shake everything well before use.


liquid detergent
What you need: 15 g finely grated curd soap, 20 g washing soda, 1 liter of water, optional (essential oils or lemon juice), sealable bottle or vessel (the size should be selected according to the amount of water), stove, pot, whisk
How to do it: Bring the water to a simmer on the stove and stir in the finely grated curd soap and soda with a whisk. Once everything has dissolved in the water, take the pot off the stove. The mixture must now cool down for a few hours. Stir vigorously every now and then. After cooling down, you can optionally add essential oils or lemon juice (approx. 10-20 drops). Stir everything well again and fill into the bottle. The liquid detergent can now be used as normal for machine and hand washing. Should something settle in the bottle, simply shake everything well before use.

If you want to make more or less detergent, just match the amount of ingredients to the amount of water.

 

HINTS

Use as skin soap: Pure curd soap can be used directly as a care product on the skin. If the skin is dry or sensitive, it should be rubbed with an oil afterwards.
Use as hair soap: Pure curd soap can be used directly as a care product for the hair and is particularly suitable for those who tend to have an oily scalp. After this, however, an acidic solution (e.g. vinegar hair lotion) should be massaged into the hair.

Our recommendation is therefore to always mix the curd soap with additives in order to achieve the full care effect.

Take care when handling hot and sharp / pointed surfaces, objects and substances. The content and materials are not suitable for consumption. If the oils or paints come into contact with the eyes, rinse them under cold running water to prevent irritation. The soaps are intended for use on the skin. If allergic reactions or skin irritation occur, the application should be stopped immediately.