So I gathered my supplies:
Liquid glycerin (finally found this at Wal-Mart)
3 3oz bars of Ivory soap (you can use any soap, you just want 8-9 oz)
A gallon of water
a large kettle (to hold the gallon of water)
my Kitchen Aid w/ shredder attachment (you can use a regular cheese grater, but I didn't want an arm workout today)
This is so simple to make. Shred/grate the cheese into the large kettle
add 1 gallon (16 cups water if you have 8 oz of soap, 18 cups if you have 9 oz like I did), and add 2 Tbls liquid glycerin (I used a little extra since I had 9 oz of soap). Place on stove on medium heat. Heat and stir until soap melts. It'll look something like this:
Now let that sit for 10-12 hours and I'm told it should become gel-like in texture and ready to be poured into containers.
While I was making soap, I decided to mix up some laundry detergent as well. I have yet to try this but I've had good success with my own dishwasher detergent, so I decided to try this as well.
I mixed together 25 oz of borax, 25 oz of Arm & Hammer baking soda, 18 oz Arm & Hammer washing soda, and 1 bar of Fels-Naptha soap, shredded, same as I shredded the Ivory soap. Mix it all together, store, and use 1 Tbls per load or so I'm told. I got this recipe also from pinterest, here
I'll share with you one other recent item I've done, much more in the crafty realm than soaps. I've been wanting an earring holder for a while, a pretty one to be exact. So after seeing many different ideas on pinterest, I came up with my own with things I already had.
I removed the glass and back from a frame and used hot glue to glue in a piece of lace. I'm just thrilled with how it turned out and love this little piece of prettiness now hanging in our bedroom. I can't wait to choose a pair of earrings off of it every morning.
So that's how I've spent my day off - well some of it anyway. I also had a delightful lunch with my Dad, the first since I got married in September and got my car inspected (check that off the to do list).