Make: Graphic Soaps

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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

How to Get Your Dishwasher to Actually Clean Your Dishes.

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

Soap Bubble Photography

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

The Audacity Of Soap…

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?!)

created on: 01/14/09

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

6 Ways to Recycle Soap Slivers

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:

1. Make soap on a rope.

2. Recycle your soap scraps into new bar soap.

3. Make gel hand/body soap. Continue Reading

Magnetic Soap Holder

created on: 09/05/08

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

Mmmmm…. Bubbles. Refill a Foaming Soap Dispenser

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

How to make your own liquid soap out of bar soap.

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

For the entire procedure, head on over to Casa Sugar. Continue Reading