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achieved soap!

I got home last night, checked it - it was hard - then dumped it out on the table. (OK, I didn't *dump* it, but the word fits. :lol:) I did the "zap" test - I took a small piece of soap off of the cling wrap, and touched my tongue to it. No zap, so - we have Soap! (The writing? Transferred from the garbage bag lining the mold. Next time I'll make sure there's no writing where the soap will be!)

I cut it with my dough cutter-thingy, then stacked it on pieces of wax paper. It was a bit oily feeling last night; this AM it felt like, well - soap. :grin: Sweet Geek gets to cut it next time - I suck at eyeballing stuff. So, this batch consists of a bunch of thin, long soap bars. Oh, well.....:lol:

It suds up really well, and smells nice. :rubs hands with glee: (What? You didn't expect me to NOT try it out, did you? I couldn't resist - and I had all the skimmings off of the trash bag that needed something done with. So, I washed up! :lol:)

Next up: Coffee soap for Sweet Geek, Shampoo bars for all of us, more experimentation with the goats' milk (I want to make lighter-colored soap. I know I can't get white with 100% goats milk, but I can try to go lighter than *this* batch)......oh, the plans that I have! :lol:

Ali asked yesterday about curing......from what I remember from HS Chemistry, once the stuff hardens, there's no more chemical reaction going on; it's all saponified at that point, and safe to use (unless you didn't get the lye mixture blended correctly, but that's a whole 'nother problem. I over-stirred, I think, in an effort to make sure everything was blended as well as it could be.) Curing, then, simply lets the excess liquids evaporate - which makes the bars harder. So...yes, you want to cure it so that the size is stable and the soap is as hard as it can get, and no, you don't have to cure if you need soap right away. (IF I were selling soap, I would let it cure, just to be sure it was nice and hard. For home use though - soon as I run out of my current soap, I'm using this. :grin:)

ghislainedel made a good point - she said she always keeps an open bottle of vinegar handy when she makes soap - vinegar neutralizes the lye mixture. I had it nearby, but not next batch, I will have gloves AND open vinegar. What with the ammonia smell, the vinegar won't even be noticed. :grin:

I know it's gardening time...but I haven't been able to buy seeds. :sigh: I think it's because I do NOT have time to tend a garden right now - the goats are keeping me busy. If I wasn't working.....but right now I am, and I am grateful for my job, garden for us this year. Gardens need 7-day a week tending - I have time on the weekends, but not on the weekdays.

We lost a chicken yesterday - not sure why. I need to get a few more pullets....and I'm looking into medications. We've been doing things "naturally", but....this makes 6 chickens we've lost since we started (which, granted, isn't bad, but that's too many according to Herself), and I think it's time to join the modern world. I need to get some more goat stuff anyways (a tattoo kit for 1, and a broad-spectrum wormer to use in rotation with the Ivermectin), so I might as well add chicken stuff to it. Even if it's.....worthless, at least I'll feel like I've done *something*. :sigh: (We don't even TALK about eating these layers - Herself gets all wound up. The mere mention of sending Jayne to Freezer Camp had both kids in tears...which is why we're going to see if he improves the Cashmere's udders. :sigh: Can't keep 'em all, gang!)

I need to go price oils......I have lots of soap to make! (Hey, when SHTF and civilization collapses, MY family will be clean and well-dressed. :lol: Might smell like coffee...but at least they'll be *clean*. Strong bones, too, thanks to the goats! :lol:)
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