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Homemade Soap Recipe

1. While wearing rubber gloves slowly add one container (269 g) of Lye to 1 1/2
pints (1.4 L) of cold water in a heat-proof glass or metal container. Do not use an
aluminum container.

2. Stir until Lye completely dissolves. Set aside to cool to a lukewarm 80 - 85°F

3. Melt 4 1/2 pounds (2 kg) of clean fat, tallow, lard or shortening in a large pot
over medium heat until it becomes a clear liquid. Cool until fat offers resistance to
a wooden spoon at approximately 92 - 110°F (32 - 45°C). Stir occasionally to
prevent crystals a fat from forming on side of pot. Add additional ingredients (like
essential oils or oatmeal).

4. Line soap molds with petroleum jelly.

5. Pour Lye solution into the fat in a slow steady stream with slow even stirring.
Rapid addition or over stirring is liable to causes separation. Continue to stir
slowly until a thick honey like consistency forms - about 10 to 20 minutes. (You
can use a spoon first to mix it together, then use a hand blender – otherwise you
will be stirring for a vary long time)

6. Pour mixture into molds. Allow molds to sit undisturbed at room temperature
for two hours until set. Remove soap from molds. If molds are large, cut soap
into hand-soap sized bars.

7. Stack soap like bricks, leaving space between bars. Cure in a cool well
ventilated area for 3 to 4 weeks. Wrap in paper in store at room temperature.