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Making Solid Dish Soap is a super easy way to create a plastic-free alternative to traditional dish soap. No more plastic bottles and squeezing onto a sponge. Now you can swirl a brush onto your solid dish soap (devoid of plastic, btw) and lather up to your heart's content.
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This recipe whips up just like a traditional soap recipe - I recorded a tutorial which you can watch below.
But if you're more of a reading type of person, here are the steps to making the dish soap.
1. Prepare your containers: if using metal containers, you must ensure that the metal is stainless steel. If using tin or aluminum, or if you do not know what metal your containers are made of, you will need to prepare your containers ahead of time. Spray or brush the interior of the container with a barrier such as an acrylic sealant. I like to use sprayable Mod Podge. Allow the sealant to dry before proceeding.
2. Warm oils to 90 degrees F using a microwave or double boiler.
3. Combine Sodium Hydroxide and Distilled Water by slowly adding the sodium hydroxide to the water.
***Never add water into the sodium hydroxide – doing so will risk a violent chemical reaction***
4. Ensure that both the melted oils and lye solution are within 5 degrees of 90 F.
5. Combine Oils and Lys Solution, blending with an emulsion blender until a homogenous mixture is created. Blending for too long can cause the mixture to thicken too much
6. Stir in Fragrance oil
7. Pour into your prepared containers and allow to saponify.
Dish soaps are ready for use within 48 hours of pouring. No cure needed, but at least 1 week cure time is recommended.
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