homemade soap

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How hard is it to make bar soap out of goats' milk? My 2 goats will be kidding by the end of March. I also have tallow from pigs and a cow we had butchered. I've never made soap before so this will be a real adventure. Is it worth it? Much of an expense? How much time involved? Thanks for your help !!!!!!

-- Pat (pmikul@pcpros.net), February 28, 2000


Its not much of an expense, and not to hard .Do a web search or go to your library and get some books ,they can explain better than I can.Its always worth it to try to make something your self, it's an ongoing learning experience .You can never learn too much can you? I'm sure you will enjoy your soap there are so many differant types you can make.Have fun.

-- Patty Gamble (fodfarms@slic.com), February 28, 2000.


Its not too hard, hey... if I can do it anyone can! Try getting Mary jane Toth's book; Goats Produce Too. You can also find some interesting recipies at this site: Goat kingdom. I'll try to find a recipie soon if I can.


-- Bernice (geminigoats@yahoo.com), February 28, 2000.

I agree with Patty and Bernice: if I can do it, anyone can, and it is always worthwhile to learn to do something yourself, especially when you already have the raw ingredients!

I have only one hint: Patience is definitely a virtue in soapmaking. When instructions call for a certain temperature or "feel" for the fats and lye water before mixing- BELIEVE them and try not to rush the process. "Lukewarm" and "hot" produce way different results.

There are so many Websites dedicated to this subject, that it would take too much space to list them here. If you would like a list of my favorites, please e-mail me and I'll send them to you. Good luck with the venture.

-- Sylvia (slydy@intrstar.net), February 29, 2000.

It is definately worth the time, expense and effort to make your own home made soap. It will enrich your life and the lives of all those around you. Please enjoy it to the max! For more about soapmaking and oils to use if you don't raise animals see http://www.creationherbal.com

-- Mike Hulbert (creationsoap@boone.net), August 04, 2000.

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