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    1. Render the fat from any game animal (Heat it until it the fat separates and floats to the top), it should be white. (Clean lard or cooking grease will work also. Strain it through cloth first to remove and cooking solids left over, then boil it in 3 times as much water, until all the water has reduced)
    2. Skim it off and let it cool down.
    3. (Probably deserves to be at step one, because it will take some time haha) Burn some hardwood (pine and other soft woods do not work well)
    4. Heat the rendered fat
    5. Mix the ashes into the heated fat (the more ash, the more lye there will be) (This is also the step in which you can add herbs or other scents)
    6. Once it is thoroughly mixed, pour it into a non metallic shallow pan, or whatever you may have available, and allow it to cool.
    7. Cut the final product up however you like. (Shave it, standard soap bar size etc)

    It's not pretty, and it does not smell very good unless you add a fragrance or some sort. But it works!

    There is also a more refined method involving a container with a hole in the bottom. The bottom layer of the container should be pea sized gravel, then on top of the gravel should be a layer of clean river sand to be used as a filter system. On top of the "Filters" is where you would add all of your hardwood ash. Then slowly pour water into the container. It will filter out the ash to make a somewhat "cleaner" product.
    “Efficiency is intelligent laziness.”

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    I use a recipe that involves the use of pine needles as well. Just mash them with two rocks like mortar and pestle and then add it in as the water is boiling. It gives a teency bit of antiseptic quality and adds a good smell.

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    • #3
      Good ideas. Thanks for posting.

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      • #4
        http://www.soapmolds.com/
        Live like you'll die tomorrow, learn like you'll live forever.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Echo2 View Post
          Cool molds. I wonder if the decorative ice cube trays would work.

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          • #6
            If you are lucky enough to live in an area where it grows ( I cultivate several plants) Yucca root works as an excelent soap as well as a "shampoo" The root will actually "lather" just like store bought soap. Not to mention the other medicinal and food use's but that's for another post(s)

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