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Milled Soap Instructions

 

  1. Once your bars of basic soap have dried sufficiently, use your kitchen grater to grate the soap into shavings. Work over a container large enough to catch all of the shavings. The container I use has a nice grater fitted into the top and a cover that goes over. If I grate too much for one batch, I just pop the cover on and it's ready for the next one.
  2. Place 12 ounces of grated soap and 9 ounces of water in a stainless, glass or enamel pan. You should use a smaller pan than the soap pot to keep the soap from heating too quickly.
  3. Stir gently with a wooden spoon just enough to mix, over medium low heat. You need not stir continuously-just often enough to keep it from sticking to the bottom of the pan. If it seems to be getting too dry you can add a little water.
  4. Continue this process until soap liquefies (about twenty minutes).
  5. Remove liquefied soap from the heat and stir gently as it cools (about ten minutes).
  6. Just before pouring the soap in the molds, mix in the other ingredients from the recipe.
  7. Pour or ladle into molds. Tap molds on the counter top to remove any air pockets. This is the same method as you would use when making molded candy.
  8. Wait ten minutes and put the molds in the freezer. You don't have to freeze them, but they come out of the molds much easier that way.
  9. After one hour in the freezer, remove the soap from the molds.
  10. Your soaps must now dry for the final step. Put them back on your needlepoint screens. This curing step should last  three weeks.

You now have made a batch of Hand-milled Soap!