Homemade soap

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  1. Jeff

    Jeff Well-Known Member Moderator Mushroom Doctor Supporter

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    I blended it too long, I'm sure your wife has already commented on that MM.
    Still works, just has a few air bubbles. :p
     
  2. HorizonSpawn

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    Jeff, what about milling it?
     
  3. Jeff

    Jeff Well-Known Member Moderator Mushroom Doctor Supporter

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    Milling it? I'll have to look that up.
     
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    She says it happens to her sometimes too, but ain't no big deal...
     
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    azure myco-devotee Mushroom Doctor

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    so you mean to tell me that lye you buy from soap making supply shops can ACTUALLY be used to make soap ... wow, will wonders never cease ... I thought it was all just an elaborate cover for DMT-extraction ... that's purdy cool Jeff, I've actually been wanting to start making my own soap for a long time now.

    Yep, 'soap' is what the kids are calling it these days ...
     
  6. Jeff

    Jeff Well-Known Member Moderator Mushroom Doctor Supporter

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    Multiple uses for the same chemicals. :hehehe:
     
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    Thanks for the writeup. I'll have to give this a try in the spring.
     
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    You know this would be a good use for the deer fat that I just throw away. I always feel bad tossing it but you can't really eat it. It would make some hard soap if the fat consistency effects the end product. Anyway I have been wanting to get some cal and make hominy. So many projects to dream about.
     
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    Hey this is pretty cool!! I remember my grandmother making soap with lye. I wonder, for our mycology purposes, where can one find anti-bacterial components to add?

    Triclosan, Triclocarban/Trichlorocarbamide and PCMX/Chloroxylenol are commonly used for antibacterial soaps.
     
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  10. HorizonSpawn

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    Moondrake, there are many natural substances that can be used to enhance the disinfectant properties of soap without resorting to harsh chemicals. Such as the oils of oregano, rosemary, lavender and several others ;)
     
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    HS, these naturals... good enough to make one aseptic for the glovebox/flowhood work?
     
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    Actually; just plain ol' fashion soap is just fine... When talking about a glove box specifically; I use just soap and water. Every now and then I'll use vinegar to cut the soap buildup. All I do is wipe down the four walls and the floor* and work in it while the walls are still wet. When the air borne particles collide with the wet wall they stick. I only use just a tiny bit of soap, to break the surface tension of the water, cause it to "stick" and not bead, and to sort of clean the inside.




    *The bottom of the lid is my "working floor", as I use my SAB inverted.



    Note: I avoid anti-bacterial soap, like the plague, for just about ALL things in my life.
     
  13. rogue

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    :iagree:
     
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    It has been proven by the soap industry research that the antibacterial soaps do not improve the final cleanliness. That is why you see a reduced number of soaps marketed as antibacterial. They still push some hand soaps as antibacterial to play on the fear mongering hype of cold and flu season but the reality is they don't work any better to get you clean and disinfected. Rub down with 71% iso if you want an little extra cleanliness. Just wach out for any flames.
     
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    A good steady healthy dose of bacteria keeps me strong :press:
     
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    Now that you mention it, Rogue :)

    If one is a frequent hand washer and/or body washer, I strongly recommend the use of a body toner (acidifier). While the bodies internal pH should be alkaline, the external should be slightly acidic... Frequent washing with soap causes the skin to remain alkaline. This hampers the good microbes and enables the breeding of bad ones...

    Perhaps I should start a new thread, explaining how I make my body toner spray? ;)
     
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    Hey Jeff?!

    Did you ever mill that soap?

    Have you made any more?







    Did you remember to wash behind your ears? ;)
     
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    Jeff Well-Known Member Moderator Mushroom Doctor Supporter

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    No I haven't milled any. Actually haven't even looked into it yet. :facepalm:

    We haven't bought a bar since I posted this thread. Still making it at least once a month.
     
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    Milling it is easy, expands your stock and makes the soap more mild. Certain recipes are better than others, for milling.


    You'll definitely what to look up the details... But basically; weigh out some soap, grate it, add 3/4 it weight in water and melt it. Add whatever and pour it ;)
     
  20. Jeff

    Jeff Well-Known Member Moderator Mushroom Doctor Supporter

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    I'll have to give it a try...

    I do like making it though. It is not necessarily cheaper but the quality is so much higher.