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Make "Lye-Free" Liquid Castile Soap from your Kitchen
thanks for this fantastic and amazing tutorial. i have bookmarked it for reference.I tried my first liquid soap testerday but it didnt turn out great at all. First, i got kOH from a local market in Nigeria where it is referred to as Caustic potash. when i mied it in dilution water, it didnt sizzle or fume or get hot or anything at all. it was just like adding salt to water. the water didnt get clear too and had some impurities in it. I went ahead and added it to my oil miture anyways and the disaster began. Nothing happened at all. It was just like i added water into oil and even after heating and stick blending it for a while, it didnt emulsify nor did it begin to thicken. my measurement was;coconut oil 500mlolive oil 500mlcastor oil 250mlkoh 9ozwater 27ozeven after leaving it over night, i had a bowl of oil seperate and sediments below whuch i drained out eventually. I dont know what to do, i followed a strict measurement and niw wim so skeptical about trying again for fear that id waste money again and get similar result at least until i can be sure about what i did wrong.
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to make any soap you must have lye. Its chemically required for the Saponification.Saponification is the chemical reaction between an alkali (lye) and a fat or oil to form soap. If you read the post you'll see she says "lye-free" is the status of the liquid soap after the entire process has completed. Left over lye would burn or irritate the skin.
Hello, I've found it always best to run your own lye calculations to avoid many of the complaints I see posted. When I ran lye calculations, I found the following:Oils: 48 ouncesLYE KOH (Potassium Hydroxide): 259 grams (its always best to use grams to measure your lye)Water (to mix with the LYE): 18.24 ounces (517.09 grams or 1.140 lbs)Here is a soap calculator to use. Its not the only one, but the one I prefer:http://soapcalc.net/calc/soapcalcwp.asp I've not yet made this recipe, so I'm not sure how much water will be required to fully dilute the resulting soap paste, so I'll start with the noted 80 ounces and see if I require more or less. My experience is mostly with Cold Process (CP) soap making, and have just started playing with liquid soap making. Its different, but still just as interesting and enjoyable as making bar soap.
I was so happy with this recipe until I awoke this morning to find a thick gelatinous mess. Some of the castile soap may be pourable, but most too thick to stir. I assume boiling water and adding it to the pot is the answer. I looked through the questions below, but I don't see where you answered that question asked there.
You use KOH, so how come it is lye free? ;)
I made liquid soap with this recipe and it's true, reaching trace was a very very long process. It happened after over 2 hours stirring when I had almost lost hope. I had a different problem though. The hot boiling water added to the paste at the end, the 80 oz, were not enough to dissolve the whole paste. I had to add more water. It looked like the first water got absorbed by the paste. Did any of you experience the same issue?
Your mix probably got too cold before saponification. Try to reheat it.
Well a stick blender stops working after 20 minutes because the engine gets too hot, so I was wondering about the same think ? I make soap every month and I never have to stir more then 15 minutes.
Well a stick blender stops working after 20 minutes because the engine gets too hot, so I was wondering about the same thing ? I make soap every month and I never have to stir more then 15 minutes.
Thank you for the tutorial. I would like to mention it's much safer to use a soap calculator instead of just using someone else's calculations. If I understand this well, you are using the hot process and you add the extra water after your soap got through the gel phase? I have to say I have never made a batch I had to stir for more then 15 minutes, so I'm quite surprised by time times mentioned and I'm unsure about the point of adding the extra water.
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