liquid soap explosion

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  1. Sparticle

    Sparticle Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I've been saving soap scraps for an eternity to make liquid soap. Well the day finally came. I found this recipe:

    http://tipnut.com/homemade-liquid-soap/

    I happened to have glycerine on hand since I just bought it to make glycerine macerate. I had a lot of soap scraps, so I thought I'd make a double batch. It looked to me like I had about an equivalent of 2 bars of soap if added all together. I put the soap scraps in the blender and 2 Cups of boiling water. Turned the blender on and it literally exploded almost immediately with boiling hot water and soap foam. I got boiling water on my arm and all over the counter (I'm OK).

    So I divided the batch (what was left in the blender), put 1/2 back in the bender and added the honey and glycerine. I put in the room temp water, blended again. Still it's just a mass of foam. So I let it sit for 15 minutes while I brought wood in. It's still just a bunch of foam with a little liquid on the bottom. So now what?

    The recipe says I should have about 2 cups at this point, and now I"m supposed to add water till I have 5-6 cups of liquid. Well the blender is full of foam.

    I'm thinking just let it sit till the foam dies, but I sure never expected this. I must have had some very bubbly soap in there.

    Any one have this happen or suggestions on what I should do other than just wait?
     
  2. Bearfootfarm

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    HOT liquids and blenders dont do well together.

    If you add boiling water to grated soap. its going to melt anyway, so I dont see why it would need to be "blended" other than stirring, or maybe beating with a MIXER
     

  3. Sparticle

    Sparticle Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I guess I don't either. I was just following the instructions.
     
  4. SteveD(TX)

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    I haven't done this for several years, but I would make my own liquid soap out of bar soap bits by just putting a few into the dispenser, and adding hot waterfrom the tap, replenishing as needed. Just shake it up first every time I used it. Wasn't pretty or velvety smooth, but it worked.
     
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    I would try using a hand blender... or stick blender... or whisk... that's what we use when making soap.
     
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    It's still a big gob of thick foam if you can believe that! I won't do it in the blender again, that's for sure!
     
  7. Alice In TX/MO

    Alice In TX/MO More dharma, less drama. Supporter

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    You didn't follow the instructions.

    It said add hot water and whip. NOT in the blender at this point.

    Then, you cool it down with room temp water and blend, etc.

    Ivory soap floats because it has air whipped in. You have created a similar product.
     
  8. Valiantone

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    I recently made homemade laundry detergent. The directions had me melt the soap chips in a saucepan with the water, on the stove. Worked good and not too many bubbles.

    I can't see how you could blend anything with soap w/o a mess of bubbles! Try on the stove over low heat. Works great :)
     
  9. Nancy

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    Rose, it did say grate the soap and put in the blender. Add boiling water and whip. I think she did follow directions. I'm guessing stove top is the way to go.
     
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    It's still a gob of foam! Hahaha! Next time stove top for sure. I don't know what to do with this abomination.
     
  11. Alice In TX/MO

    Alice In TX/MO More dharma, less drama. Supporter

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    You're right! I was wrong about the blender.

    Abomination? Noooooooooooooooooooooooo!:sing:

    People are paying MONEY for foaming soap dispensers.

    Use it and enjoy.
     
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    If the instructions call for Whip, which is the slowest speed on most blenders, it should not have foamed. Blend, being the fastest speed, will cause almost any liquid to foam.

    Martin
     
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    Scoop it all out into a saucepan and slowly melt it down on the stovetop.
     
  14. Sparticle

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    There was no "whip" setting, so I used "milkshake". I took my foam blob and melted it on low heat for about 10-15 minutes and the blob melted into liquid soap! I let it cool for about 20 min, poured into the holding jar and will let it sit for a while. It looks really good though! Filled up a 4 lb peanut butter jar!
     
  15. sgl42

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    i just took soap slivers, broke them up by hand, and put them in a bottle of warm water. no honey, no glycerin. then let it sit overnight, giving it a shake now and then. not fancy, but works for me.

    --sgl