Making Soap - Part 2

Yesterday, I showed how to make soap and then pour it in the mold. Today, it’s time to unmold the soap and cut it into bars. Here’s how is looks 24 hours after pouring.

Getting it out of the mold is easy. Harland made this mold for me from plans you can find here. One of the sides is hinged, and once it is dropped open the soap easily slides out of the mold.

Then we removed the freezer paper liner, and were all ready to cut the soap.

The recipe we used made 7 pounds of soap, which will be cut into 28 four-ounce bars. The soap block measures 8 X 8, so all we have to do is measure it off into four 2 inch sections,

and then cut them.

Then, each section is put in a miter box,

and cut into 1 inch pieces, or  7 bars of soap.

When all 4 sections are cut into bars, we have 28 bars of wonderfully unscented, yet clean smelling soap.

We’ll allow it to cure for 1 month, and then use it for handwashing and bathing. This soap does a great job of cleansing without drying out our skin, and is also very sudsy.

Here’s a bar of soap that we made 1 year ago atop one of the new bars.

The darker color is due to the aging process.  Pretty neat huh?

Oh, and no cats were harmed during the making of this soap. We promise.

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——–> UP NEXT:  Blizzard on the Prairie: Come along as we drive to the farm and feed the cattle in the snowstorm. The first video to hit the ole blog! (I’ll get the hang of this techy stuff yet.) 

——–> Later This Week: Winter sunrise.