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Picture of Fight Club Soap! (Bacon * Drain Cleaner * Soap)
Bacon + Drain Cleaner = Soap??!  ..Yes, and it smells like cinnamon.
 
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Step 1: Watch the Video!



Project inspired by: "Fight Club

Special thanks to "soapcalc.net" for use of their online soap making calculator. 

WARNING:  Use of video content is at own risk.  Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) is highly caustic, poisonous, and can cause serious damage to tissue and/or property.  Lye should be approached with care and caution, ensuring all suggestions listed on the container are complied with, and handled with gloves or other protection.  There are risks associated with these projects that require adult supervision.

Step 2: 2 Main Ingredients

Picture of 2 Main Ingredients
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For this project I tried making traditional "Lye" soap, which consists of 2 main ingredients.  

-Animal fats
-Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)

I practiced with rendering beef fat to extract "tallow", and after a few successful attempts at making soap I wondered if it could be done with bacon fat.

To give this project a bit of a twist, I tried using 1 lb of "American style" bacon because it's very fatty, and some crystal drain opener marked as 100% lye.  It's very important that this is 100% lye, and if there are any doubts, it shouldn't be used.  The goal here is 100% Sodium Hydroxide, which this container is, according to the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).






DivideWorks1 month ago
thanks for posting, now I have a use for my stockpile of bacon grease.
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gravityisweak9 months ago
This is an amazing instructable, but you didn't include any information about your mold, which is an instructable in itself.
octochan1 year ago
why was there BACON IN THE SOAP??!!
- Invader Zim

now we know why.
fugitives1 year ago
for you next soap batches, try olive oil and other vegetable oils... you'll get better results in terms of the quality of the soap.
Yeah but in Fight Club the soap was made from human fat. Lard is probably the closest you can...legally...get to that ;)
can i use this on by body?
TheGreatS1 year ago
That instructional video almost as unpredictable as the movie. One moment it's "Hey, Bacon" and the next it's "Lick it!" and then... Bacon bits? I guess I should have seen it coming.
Anyway, very well done tutorial. I may be trying this in the future.
The King of Random (author)  TheGreatS1 year ago
Thank you!
anyheck1 year ago
A person I know has the original prop soap used to make the artwork for Fight Club.

They are made from cast resin of some sort and there is a Pink (shown in all of the artwork that I've seen) as well as a didn't-make-the-cut yellow/orange swirly one.

They are kept in the bathroom, but continue to be non-functional props.
The King of Random (author)  anyheck1 year ago
That's really awesome! Lucky!
nickcube41 year ago
I was the 300th person to favorite this!
BuckGully1 year ago
Every time I go with my wife to Michael's and I see the soap making stuff, I want to do this exact project. I envision 3-D printing the Fight Club soap blanks, vacuum forming the bars into a sheet of plastic, and casting the soap.

Which reminds me, you can get all the soap making stuff at Michael's, without all the caustic danger. Which might actually be against the whole point of Fight Club, but I wouldn't know because I've never talked about that... ever.
Awesome!
Please tell me your making nitroglycerin in your next instructable! ;)

The first rule of instructable club is..
Making nitro-glycerine is easy ad nitric acid to glycerin in a metal bowl suspended in ice water, VERY SLOWLY. But beware this is deadly, stupid and illegal.

The first rule of instructable club is..tell everyone about instructable club.
Nice work! But how did you make the nice lettering on the master for your soap mold? :)
jeanlafete1 year ago
Hi, This is a great project, the soap is fantastic, and far better than store bought soaps full of chemicals. I happen to own a soap factory and we make all of our soaps using vegetable oils. Check out my little soap factory at: www.santafesoaps.com
Thanks! .... Jim
Math isn't my strongest subject, but if my (online) calulator is correct, that bacon comes out to about 15% fat. Much less than I thought it would be. I've seen hamburger meat with that much.
nanaverm1 year ago
Great instructive video! One ?: If you don't have an oven light, at what temp. should the soap cure? For how long? Thanks.
Wow!
I remember in the movie, Brad stealing the fat, and the distractions of the gf and the fights, I'm going to watch it again just to check the process, that's a lot of time and dedication!
Very cool!
Seems like a lot of work...
Maybe you don't understand: this is exactly the appropriate amount of work! The soap that Grant has made here is rather special. If one does not value putting in the work then one can cut some corners; one can just get one's soap from the store!
enelson81 year ago
So does the animal fat neutralize the lye? Because what if it gets in your eyes?
And I'm entering the 123d contest so could you please vote for my ukulele?
PKM enelson81 year ago
The lye and fat react together to form soap molecules and glycerin. The soap is slightly alkaline, and will sting if you get it in your eyes (just like regular soap!) but it's safe if all the lye has reacted. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saponification for more info, or ask your nearest friendly chemistry teacher :)
poorjohnn1 year ago
I recall my Great Grandmother making her own soap flakes for doing washing of clothes that she did for an income supplement. She actually used real lard purchased in 2 lb pails. I wish now I had watched closer to the process. I do remember she would cut into bars and use a cheese grater to add it to the wash. did not take much and she had lots of people bringing her their laundry.
mstyle1831 year ago
Amazing.. i was just thinking on making a fight club mold with my 3d printer.. i just didnt know how to make the soap.. THANKS!!
GarageGuru1 year ago
Sweet instructable! If I didn't want to cook up the bacon to obtain the fat, this is just a hypothesis because I loves the bacon, would lard purchased from the grocery store be a suitable substitution?
that's so interesting!
Ssmo721 year ago
This is amazing, was it difficult to make the mold? No bachelor pad should be without this instructable!!!!
I don't know how this mould was made, but I have made silicon moulds by cutting the form out of MDF on a CNC router (when I had access to one at work) I then coated the form with thinned PVA glue to seal it and once the PVA was dry I coated the form with clear silicon mastic and let it cure for 24 hours. Silicon does not stick to PVA so the form is easily removable from the mould.
yellowcatt1 year ago
Seeing this instructable reminded me of this:
Miami-based performance artist Orestes de la Paz underwent a liposuction procedure in December of last year, and decided to turn the removed fat into soap.
http://www.odditycentral.com/news/miami-artist-uses-his-own-body-fat-to-make-soap.html
Rombie1 year ago
Nice! Working at a restaurant and we always throwing away bacon grease and old bacon I should be able to produce a good amount in no time. Great instructable
riddus1 year ago
This is by far the most awesome instructable I have ever seen. Excellent work.
Samuel kos1 year ago
This is awesome keep it up! By the way I was reading the comments on your "nose floss" vid and don't let them discourage you I thought it was pretty funny myself
Sort of a modernized Lye Soap, and You didn't need a big cast iron pot and wood ashes, etc. Good Show.! Yup.
Thank you!