Hi there!

I’m slowly working towards some simplicity within the home, but hey! It’s a lot of hard work!

I love having a go at growing my own veges and always use herbs fresh from my garden. I try to plant from seed whenever I can and have learnt to save and share my own seed for the following year. I make Award Winning preserves and pickles; and my husband brews Award Winning boutique beers as well. I love to stockpile and try to limit quick trips to the shops. I dabble in bread making and enjoy making my own stocks too.

I enjoy feeding my family good hearty meals, nothing like those tiny restaurant stacks you have to look for on the plate. My husband maintains our vehicles and machinery and we both enjoy fabricating on a small scale mostly relying on metal & timber recyclers for any materials needed.

While I don’t always have time to reply to comments, I love reading them. I hope you enjoy your stay and I hope you learn something new because I love sharing what I learn, and I'm always looking for another new skill myself.


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Low Allergy Body Soap

Low Allergy "Body" Soap -
You can use this soft 'moist' soap
as a general use soap in the kitchen, workshop,and bathroom.
You will need the following items.
A large container for mixing the soap made of enamel, glass, stainless steal or earthen ware
A wooden spoon just for soap making
Soap moulds. I have used wooden trays, plastic containers, ice cream containers, all shapes and sizes of small containers such as margarine containers.
Rubber gloves
Eye protection
500 grams of caustic soda
1 ½ litres of rain water (or distilled water)
1.5 kg of olive oil. (Please measure by weight.)
With great care and wearing the rubber gloves and some eye protection, add the caustic soda to the water in a large (18 litre) container and stir until dissolved. There will be a chemical reaction with will cause the water and caustic soda to heat up. This liquid will not only get hot it will now be capable of burning you like an acid so be very careful. Set aside to cool till lukewarm.
WARNING - Do not add water to caustic soda, you must add caustic soda to water - in that order.
In another pot heat the fat and olive oil until it is all liquid and add to the caustic solution. Stir for 5 minutes. At this stage you may add a small amount of essential oil to give the soap a fragrance. Pour into shallow containers lines with cotton material. Keep in a warm place for a day. Cut into bars. Let the soap rest for 6 weeks before using.

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