101 Fun to Crochet Projects by Laura Scott

By Laura Scott

Greater than one hundred and one enjoyable and fanciful tasks are at yoru fingertips! beautiful doilies, huggable toys, snuggly afghans, and lots more and plenty extra are incorporated during this jam-packed crochet booklet.

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Generally, one tablespoon of borax is used for each pound of soap base. Sugar will also increase the amount of lather and bubbles. One way to add sugar to soap is to thoroughly dissolve it in water before adding the lye. Another way to do it is to take a bit of the water you have weighed for use in your lye solution and add ½ to one teaspoon of sugar per pound of oil or fat. Completely dissolve the sugar, using warm water may help with this. Add the solution when your soap is at the trace stage before you add your fragrance.

Run it under cool water to make sure it is completely clean. 16. Store the lard or tallow in the freezer until it is soap making time. If using animal fat does not sound appealing, it is perfectly acceptable to use a vegetable base. This is very common and a variety of vegetable oils and shortenings can be found at the local grocery or natural food store. Commonly used soap bases are olive oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, and coconut oil. Olive oil is known for being gentle and is probably the most popular base.

Not only did it take four to eleven days to complete a batch, the quality of the produced soap was inconsistent and dependent on which oils were used in a particular batch. Shortly after 1930, the Proctor and Gamble Company developed the continuous soap making process. This change resulted in the production of a consistent quality of soap that was made in a shorter amount of time. This process is still used by commercial companies today and allows a batch of soap to be completed in about six hours.

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