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    Quote Originally Posted by Athenian200 View Post
    If people could make soap, why would they buy it?
    Surely you can answer this question if you think about it long enough.
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    I let my dog lick me clean each day.
    It costs me nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halla74 View Post
    I let my dog lick me clean each day.
    It costs me nothing.
    OK, OK...sure......
    I'm not sure how to make soap.
    It's hard to come by whale blubber these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaybeLogic View Post
    Olive oil is okay, I use almond oil and dendritic salt, the texture reminds me of lava soap without the pumice.
    Sounds nice, but pricey. Is it sudsy and gentle?
    Quote Originally Posted by Athenian200 View Post
    If people could make soap, why would they buy it?
    The process involves a chemical reaction that creates a caustic base at high temps, takes awhile to make, and has to cure for a few weeks. Kind of a pain in the behind.

    If you consider the cost of your time, it's probably quite a bit cheaper to buy a cheap bar of soap than to make it yourself. Unless you are on food stamps and can basically get the oil for free. Or save your meat drippings or something.
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    Sounds nice, but pricey. Is it sudsy and gentle?
    It's a little bit pricey, but you can get a gallon for $30-50 online.

    It's very gentle and it doesn't leave a thick residue, very refreshing.
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    A very effective soap can be made from ashes and tallow.

    Some primitive tribes used to find that their clothes would get a lot cleaner if they washed them in a certain spot in the river. This was because they were burning carcasses up stream, and dumping the waste in, causing the ashes/tallow to be deposited down stream

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    Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap will hold you over until you make your own. They have one that will make the entire neighborhood smell like peppermint, but it makes your entire body feel cool in the summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alwar View Post
    Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap will hold you over until you make your own. They have one that will make the entire neighborhood smell like peppermint, but it makes your entire body feel cool in the summer.
    I love Dr. Bronners! It's the only thing I use for cleaning anything, actually. I'm not really sure about how to make castile soap, but it cleans better than any artificial surfactants out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nyx View Post
    I love Dr. Bronners! It's the only thing I use for cleaning anything, actually. I'm not really sure about how to make castile soap, but it cleans better than any artificial surfactants out there.
    I hear you can use it for laundry, do you know if that is true?

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    That's one thing I have not tried yet, I don't know how effective it would be... here are the dilutions they suggest :
    For the laundry, use 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup for one regular load; adjust as needed depending on hardness of water. I've been told that adding a dash of baking soda makes it even better.
    I have a friend who uses castile soap for laundry purposes, so I am assuming it should work.

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