has anyone a recipe for soap made from cow's milk?

Discussion in 'Cattle' started by comfortacres, Nov 5, 2006.

  1. comfortacres

    comfortacres Member

    Mar 8, 2006
    When I have extra milk, I always like the idea of making items that will keep- especially beauty items- soap, body, laundry and dish soap, as well as shampoo and conditioner for the hair.

    Does anyone have any recipes they are willing to share?

    Also, I do not have much sucess with yogurt. Anyone??

  2. Up North

    Up North KS dairy farmers

    Nov 28, 2005
    I'm pretty new to soap making myself but I had good results with this soap recipe.

    2 oz. Coconut oil
    2.5 oz. Olive oil
    2.5 oz. Palm oil
    1 oz Shea Butter
    1.1 Lye
    4 oz. Milk

    Mix lye with 1 oz. of water. Melt the oils and let everything cool to 90 degrees. Warm the milk to 90 degrees. Add the water/lye mixture to the oils, stir. Then add the milk. Stir till trace and put in mold.

    New to yogurt too but I have had good success so far. Check out this website: http://fiascofarm.com/
    I made my first batches of yogurt from the recipe on this site. I tried it first with using plain Dannon yogurt as the starter. That worked good. Then I also bought freeze dried yogurt culture from the Dairy Connection (fias co has a link to there). I've had good results with that too. I personally like to add some powdered milk to my yogurt recipe. I like really thick yogurt and that makes a big difference.


  3. ericakc

    ericakc Well-Known Member

    Jun 29, 2006
    I also used to run a milk surplus. I looked into soap making, but the recipes I found only used a cup or two of milk at a time so I got pigs instead. :shrug:

    Here is my yogurt recipe. It uses one gallon of milk.

    If I have any problems with this recipe it is because I get side-tracked and over incubate. I use the Dannon plain yogurt which has the bacteria Lactobacillus acidophilus. If this culture grows too long the yogurt is too acidic for my tastes. I also incubate in a cooler which contains plenty of water at the correct temperature for incubation.

    Other reasons for problems could be contaminated containers or a thermometer that is too far off.

    What kind of problem are you having?
  4. MullersLaneFarm

    MullersLaneFarm Well-Known Member

    Jul 23, 2004
    NW-IL Fiber Enabler
    All our soap is made with whole, raw cow's milk. Take any soap recipe, substitute the water with frozen milk.

    Here is a pictorial on soap making with milk as well as soap recipes