Have you ever made soap? I haven’t, but I’ve always wanted to give it a go, and this tute REALLY makes me want to give it a go. The supplies are minimal and the process seems very easy. Here’s what needs to be on the shopping list:
clear glycerin, found at craft stores
essential oils, for scent
a small milk carton
tracing paper, book pages, transparency paper and even fabric squares (!)
permanent pens, optional
I’m thinking these would make VERY cool gifts–for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day–and favors for wedding and baby showers. Continue Reading
I know, I know. It seems entirely counterintuitive. It seems a bit lazy. Perhaps even unsanitary.
But the reason your dishwasher isn’t getting all your flat- and serveware entirely clean?
Pre-rinsing it. Huh.
” ‘Pre-rinsing dishes is a big mistake,” said John Dries, a mechanical engineer and the owner of Dries Engineering, an appliance design consulting company in Louisville, Ky. “People assume that the dishwasher will perform better if you put in cleaner dishes, and that’s not true. Continue Reading
The thing about taking a photography class is you’re always looking for new and interesting images to capture. Generally, I’d rather not set up a shot so much as come upon a potential subject that strikes my fancy, but this technique of capturing ‘light interference on soap film’ just might make the set up worth the trouble. The photographer, Bogdan Chesaru dipped a wire frame into a soap bubble mixture, making a film across the frame. Continue Reading
It’s not often you find commemorative memorabilia that’s actually useful (unless you count those gold-plated Royal Wedding commemorative plates, and who doesn’t?!)
Well, now you can commemorate the upcoming presidential inauguration AND get nice and clean. (And chuckle quietly to yourself, Lemongrass roots support – tee hee.) MyObamaBar’s soap is available in 8 aroma’s and made in the US of all natural materials, prices start form $5.99 for a mini-bama bar. $9.99 for a full sized bar. Continue Reading
While I let my soap slivers dissolve at the foot of my shower, Alan Hayes is saving his. Why? Maybe he’s trying to save the planet one soap sliver at a time. Maybe he’s just thrifty. Either way, the herbologist has some very clever ways to make the most out of those little pieces of soap:
This just might make me give up the pump. From Hammacher Schlemmer, the Magnetic Soap Holder suspends a bar of soap over the sink basin, thus eliminating scum and extending the bar’s life. The arm has a powerful magnet at its tip and is made of ‘type 201 polished stainless steel’ and has a solid steel base that acts as a counterweight. To use it, you simply press a thin metal disk–which has rounded edges that won’t interfere with normal use–into the soap itself and then let the magnet do all the work. Continue Reading
Here’s a clear chart for intepreting and deciphering those cryptic and esoteric little pictures on your fabric tabs… Keep the codebreaking out of the laundry room….well, unless you’re inclined to do puzzles while you do the wash, then best of luck! Via.
Bubbles are brilliant, ergo, foaming hand soap is also brilliant.
We recently scored some Kandoo foaming hand soap for free, but it’s Flouro-green-death colour is frankly disconcerting. I wanted to refill the container with something that doesn’t look like it will melt your hands but the container warns you not to refill it with anything but Kandoo products.
“PAH!” I said, and did a spot of research.
Turns out that you can simply use your favourite hand soap diluted by 1 part soap to 2 or 3 parts of water (depending how thick your soap is). Continue Reading
Making our own liquid soap out of regular old bar soap is easier than it might first sound, according to Casa Sugar. We can leave out the chemicals and add our own custom scents. Plus, it’s a great way to use up those soap slivers that disintegrate down around the shower drain.
Props you’ll need: one 4 oz bar of natural soap a food grater 1 gallon of distilled water (or rose hydrosol) 1 large pot a hand mixer essential oils for scent, optional shea butter, virgin coconut oil or cocoa butter for moisturizing, also optional