Homesteading And How Making Soap Is Easy!
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Homesteading is as easy as making soap. Making soap is one of the basic essentials to begin self-sufficient and starting to Homestead. Think about this scenario.
Grocery stores are closed, infrastructure as we know it is gone. There is no way to “buy” soap or cleaning products.
How long before you start stinking worse than the compost pile? Not long without a shower and you start building up some grimy bacteria on yourself and your clothes.
So what the solution to this cleanliness and sanitary situation? Making soap, your own homestead soap!
I know a lot of people are discouraged from making soap and Homestead soap because of the lye and the fact that its work to make something that you can just go to Walgreens and pick up for a few bucks.
Trust me this is a skill that could really come in handy in the future while you Homesteading. Also check out some great Homesteading ideas in the LDS Preparedness Manual.
Making soap is a very easy process. There are three ways to make soap.
- The Cold Process
- The Semi-Boiled Process
- The Fully Boiled Process
For Homesteading the cold process is most common with artisan soap makers and is one the easiest methods but it does take weeks for the soap to be ready. Whereas the semi boiled process is almost instant soap making.
Homesteading with Making Soap
As for Lye. It is quite easy to make your own lye water. First you need to burn some hard wood for making soap. Save the ashes.
This is what most families did when making soap, they would save the ashes from the fires and when soap time came around they would bring the ashes out and use them. So once you have the ashes you need to soak them in distilled water and collect the run off.
There are a few different creative ideas for this procedure if you look on YouTube and such you will find some great inventive ideas for homesteading soap making.
In the olden days of Homesteading making soap the easiest way to tell if the lye water was concentrated enough was with an egg. You would put an egg in the water and if it sank down then you would need to run the water through the ashes again but if it floated you were ready to make soap with you lye water.
CAUTION: Lye is extremely caustic it will burn eyes and skin so be very careful when making or handling lye!
Homesteading Soap Making
So now what do you do after you have the lye? Well at this point you would add your actual liquefied fats. The lye water is carefully added to the liquidized fat. You will need to stir this mixture continuously until little until it thickens up and you start to see droplets “trace” the top of the mixture.
This is when most people add their colorings and pretty smells to the soap. This is the really fun part, you can get really creative here and add oatmeal to your soap for a bit of abrasive cleaning power or add other tropical scents like mango or romantic smells like rose soap.
After adding what extras you want you then pour the soap mixture into soap molds.
You need to let the molds sit and after a week or more when it dries out you have soap your very own handmade Homestead soap!
This being said I have not been able to find any tried and true soap recipes using this homemade lye water.
This is probably due to the fact that it’s really hard to determine the actual concentration of the lye in the water.
Most recipes I have found for making soap call for store bought lye crystals which is also great for Homestead Soap making!
Here are some videos that show you what other people are doing and how they make their soap.
Also check out my other post on how to save money by making your own Laundry Detergent! Enjoy these great Homesteading Making Soap Videos!
This is a great “modern” was of making soap!
Heres a great idea for making your own Homestead lye!
Here is the traditional way for making lye for Homestead soap!
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