All soap products come from homemade lye soap consisting of Tallow,(or Lard) Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Lye, and Water. Making a block of soap is usually an all-weekend process. The block of soap, once set, is cut to cure. Milled soap is grated and then hand formed into a shape, typically a round disk, with other things mixed into it.
Soap will last a very long time, when used correctly. Use any soap, (not just soap bought here) with a wet brush, wet washcloth, or wet your hands and making a lather. With these methods, a 1 oz. bar can last several weeks, and a 4 oz. facial bar can last several months. (Going on 10 months, with mine.) Never sit soap in water or expose it to running water, as it will dissolve quickly.
Cut bar $1.00 an ounce.
Grated $1.25 an ounce (when available).
Milled round hand soap with shea butter $1.50.
Add fragrance $1.75 to $3.50 an ounce, fragrance dependent.
Facial rounds with Tea Tree Oil and Treatment Cleansing Oil $12.00 4 oz. round.
This is more of an economic convenience and gift to the planet, than anything else. The active ingredient in the detergent is dissolved lye soap, with washing soda and borax. A 5 oz bar of lye soap, (grated to dissolve easily), one cup of washing soda and ½ Cup of borax will yield 5 GALLONS of concentrated liquid laundry detergent. Liquid soap, compared to powdered washing soap, has more evenly distributed soap molecules. What lifts the soap (attached to dirt and grime) out of clothes is fresh water, so adding extra soap to the wash is a waste. This is High Efficiency (HE), low sudsing detergent.
But who wants a 5 gallon bucket of laundry detergent, when you can scale it down? Just save a glass bottle to contain your own, homemade batch. You can do the arithmetic to scale the above ratios. Or you could buy refill packets, to mix it up at your convenience. The pint and quart refills sell in groups of 5, because it is just not worth the trouble and expense to ship one or two refills, at a time.
One tbsp. of liquid detergent is used per full load. A 16/16.9 oz. bottle will yield 32 loads of wash, and a quart yields 64 loads. I have conveniently made grated soap balls and powder packets, so you do not have to measure anything to make your own concentrate, in the following container sizes:
16 /16.9 oz. Pt./ Half Liter 5 pack for $2.00
32/33.8oz. Qt. / Liter 5 pack for $3.25
128 oz. U.S. Gal 2 pack for $4.00
Also available are European dropper vials essential oils, to fragrance the detergent. Keep the empties, to return for a credit/discount- keep the label and cap intact, and do not wash or rinse. (Not accepting outside bottles at this time) Contact me for details, and coordinating an exchange. Fragrances currently available are lavender, or a peppermint-
eucalyptus blend. A 15 ml vial will fragrance 3-4 pint batches of liquid detergent, or more.
Powdered egg shell prices:
Unbaked = 8oz for $12.00, 16 Oz $22.00
Baked* = 8oz for $14.00, $16oz for $25.00
*Rinsed and baked at 300 Deg F for 20 min
Unbaked = just rinsed
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