Warning

 

Close

Confirm Action

Are you sure you wish to do this?

Confirm Cancel
Member Login

Site Notices
Posted: 3/5/2009 3:50:07 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/15/2009 8:47:59 AM EST by ONG]
Found an open bar of Dial soap in the attic last week. Put it by the sink and it is working fine. I figured it would be all dried out or not suds up, but that is not the case. Course maybe they don't make Dial like they used to. LOL
Link Posted: 3/5/2009 3:54:34 AM EST
Thanks. I just bought 300 bars of Ivory. They are in my storm shelter where tempeture ranges from 40 to 90 F. Hopefully it would be OK for decades.
Link Posted: 3/5/2009 4:02:40 AM EST
Originally Posted By jungp:
Thanks. I just bought 300 bars of Ivory. They are in my storm shelter where tempeture ranges from 40 to 90 F. Hopefully it would be OK for decades.


you may be right, my attic would have had far greater temperature ranges than 40 to 90.

Link Posted: 3/5/2009 4:18:16 AM EST
That bar of soap will last and last. My aunt made soap at a factory and they add moisture to it to make you use more.

Buy your soap, take it out of the wrapper and store it that way and the moisture will evaporate over time. The soap will work just as well but last twice as long.
Link Posted: 3/5/2009 10:18:48 AM EST
We go through a lotta soap. A long time ago we learned a great way to make your soap go further: Dry it.

We likely have 100+ bars of soap. As soon as we buy more, we immediately unwrap, and toss them in a plastic 'basket', where they air dry and cure. With this much soap on hand its months and month before we get to that batch of soap. It is substantially harder, and lasts longer. It still suds up just fine. It simply resists melting away in water (or rubbing away rapidy due to my furry hide).

Frozenny
Link Posted: 3/5/2009 12:16:16 PM EST
I just bumped into an old puck of shaving soap a few weeks ago. I hadn't seen it in 27 years.
Anyway, I'm using it again, and it's fine.
M
Link Posted: 3/5/2009 12:34:09 PM EST
Most commercial soaps have most of the good stuff removed, ie: glycerin. They also are not super-fatted: left with excess oils which are not saponified when mixed with lye. Therefore they tend to last a long time. If they are going to go bad you will see orange spots on them which indicate rot. Drying is an excellent way to extend their life.

Freedom
Link Posted: 3/5/2009 2:02:40 PM EST
Good to known thanks.....
Link Posted: 3/5/2009 2:17:24 PM EST
I haven't been unwrapping my soap in the past, but the attic in the garage is where I've been storing it and it gets warm out there.

Guess I'll be unwrapping this weekend if temps warm up... The dumpster will be full of soap boxes for the garbage man on Monday.

He'll see that and go

John
Link Posted: 3/5/2009 2:35:09 PM EST
When my parents got a new house I cleaned out the old one.

Lots and lots of soap was one thing I found. We had soap with price stickers from stores that had gone out of business decades earlier.

They wanted none of it so I had about 3 years of soap to mess with.

As mentioned in the above posts, it works fine.

Some was dried out and cracked but it still worked fine.

Some looked perfect but lasted longer than a brand new bar of soap.

Link Posted: 3/7/2009 1:33:30 AM EST
Dial soap now has concave sufaces.......they are smaller than they used to be and more expensive.

Unwrapping soap and drying it is a smart move, it will last many times longer than a fresh bar.
Link Posted: 3/7/2009 1:38:05 AM EST
This is good to know. I had no idea. I'm going to start drying my soap out!
Link Posted: 3/7/2009 6:35:24 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/7/2009 9:08:07 AM EST by arpaul]
Sometimes I think I should be paying college
tuition here for the amount of knowledge I
gained on this site.

Thanks to each of you.
Link Posted: 3/7/2009 6:49:43 AM EST
What is the best brand to buy? Thanks!
Link Posted: 3/10/2009 7:41:18 AM EST
Originally Posted By Screech:
What is the best brand to buy? Thanks!


Homemade is best.
Link Posted: 3/10/2009 8:24:52 AM EST
Originally Posted By ORMilitia:
Originally Posted By Screech:
What is the best brand to buy? Thanks!


Homemade is best.
http://i42.tinypic.com/141uwix.jpg



Instructions please!!!

Link Posted: 3/10/2009 9:16:46 AM EST
+1 on instructions
Link Posted: 3/10/2009 9:47:27 AM EST
Originally Posted By walther1978:
Originally Posted By ORMilitia:
Originally Posted By Screech:
What is the best brand to buy? Thanks!


Homemade is best.
http://i42.tinypic.com/141uwix.jpg



Instructions please!!!



Well, first you need fat.
And not just any fat, it has to have the right pH...
Link Posted: 3/10/2009 1:05:26 PM EST
Choose your oils based on the properties you are looking for:
http://www.jsoule-webdesign.com/soapcalc/oils.htm
http://www.millersoap.com/soapdesign.html#Properties
http://www.colebrothers.com/soap/oils.html

Buy your supplies:
http://www.shayandcompany.com/
http://www.thesage.com/catalog/index.html
http://www.essentialwholesale.com/category_s/2.htm

Choose a Lye Calculator:
http://www.jsoule-webdesign.com/soapcalc/
http://www.thesage.com/calcs/lyecalc2.php

Follow the instructions:
http://www.teachsoap.com/

There is a lot of useful info on the web in both static pages and forums. It will take a few tries to perfect a method/recipe that works for you. I use a hybrid method, somewhere between cold process and hot process. I also use a special ingredient which makes the soap usable the next day. Usually you have to let it cure for at least 4 weeks. It is still just a little soft but won't burn your skin. With my recipe, I figure that I have about $3.50 into each bar. Everyone that I have given a bar to swears that it is the best soap they have ever used. I did sell soaps for a while but it just wasn't worth the effort. I only make it for family now. I plan on developing a less expensive recipe and starting to stock up.

On a survival note, I am going to be working this summer on making my own lye from my fireplace ashes. I am also going to be experimenting with using lard/bacon grease instead of vegetable oils. I want to be able to make soap like my family did when they came to Oregon 158 years ago.

Feel free to IM me if you have any specific questions.
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 7:00:16 AM EST
After some time looking at soap brands (internet searches) I am set on Dove, with Safeguard second. I am on my way out the door to search some local discount stores here in PA before heading home to Maine Friday
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 12:12:02 PM EST
Originally Posted By arpaul:
Sometimes I think I should be paying college
tuition here for the amount of knowledge I
gained on this site.

Thanks to each of you.


You could at least buy a Team membership...

Tagscribe for soap making goodness...
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 3:30:26 PM EST
[/quote]

Well, first you need fat.
And not just any fat, it has to have the right pH...[/quote]


What would Tyler Durden do?
Link Posted: 3/26/2009 4:32:06 PM EST
i had an old Army 1950's field manual on gurellia warfare and how to put together, arm and outfit a gurellia force..in the back pages it gave an equipment listing on what each troop should have and along with pistolbelt and poncho etc.. was Dial soap..Dial soap was listed for it's anti-bacterial qualitys even back in the 1950's this was a big deal....and to this day i still use that soap....plain old soap and water is still one of the best antisepics a person can use......vince g. 11b inf....
Link Posted: 4/1/2009 3:21:09 PM EST
A fellow came into our store today to buy Lye. Struck up a conversation and he uses it to make soap. He was back about an hour later with 10-15 bars of types of soap he makes. Each was unique. I was very impressed. He uses several types of oils including palm oil, no animal fat. My favorite was his Lavender!
Very interesting listening to him!!
Link Posted: 4/1/2009 4:55:00 PM EST
I have used a bar of German soap from WWII with no problem
Link Posted: 4/1/2009 6:41:54 PM EST
Originally Posted By Screech:
After some time looking at soap brands (internet searches) I am set on Dove, with Safeguard second. I am on my way out the door to search some local discount stores here in PA before heading home to Maine Friday


thats funny, I use the exact same two. Good pricing at Costco for the dove, and Fred Meyer for the Safeguard
Link Posted: 4/1/2009 6:42:54 PM EST
go to your library and check out old home ec books
most old house wives thought 5 year old soap to be still green.
Link Posted: 4/1/2009 6:49:49 PM EST
when I was a kid I remember soap was hard but last time I bought some,
I could put my finger through the bar I got dial because it seemed the hardest.
they must have art down to an science.
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 8:50:45 AM EST
Well it is gone. March the 5th to today June the 15th. The bar sat all by itself for 2 weeks while we were on vacation. Face and hands at least twice a day. That's a lot of cleaning. Hat's off to the gents that predicted a longer lasting bar. Gonna debox some more.
Top Top