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Re: soapwort

  • Mon, Apr 13, 2009 - 09:48pm

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    Re: soapwort

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[quote=Crash] Does anyone else have any experience with either grey-water recycling or natural soaps? [/quote]

Nice to see you knocking around the threads, Crash. 

Castile Soap works really well for many personal hygiene and household uses.  I buy the organic one offered by Rose Mountain Herb, in 5 gallon buckets.  Using castile soap as a base, you can make everything from laundry soap to shampoo.  There are plenty of "recipes" online.  You’ll probably have to experiment a bit until you get the product you want. 

Castile soap does not lather as well as detergents generally do, and it does not have the industrial grease-cutting power that some detergents do.  But it is safe, both for us, and for the environment.

I keep a number of bulk items on hand from which I make homemade deodorant, toothpaste, dishwashing compound, laundry soap, and so on.  Calcium carbonate, olive oil, glycerine, baking soda, washing soda, borax, castile soap, white and apple cider vinegar, and a variety of essential oils are a few of the ingredients I always keep on hand.  From them, I can make most of the personal care and household cleaners I need, as I need them, and I don’t have to worry about the toxicity of unidentified or unpronouncible ingredients or the toxic preservatives that are required for mass produced and mass marketed products.  (One caveat:  Although boron is a trace element needed by both plants and humans, I would avoid putting laundry water with borax in the garden, as it can also be toxic to both humans and plants in large amounts). 

Hope this helps.

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Cheers, Cloudfire,

 

I’ve been knocking around here and there…

 

I was looking around the internet for recipes and although Castile soap looked pretty neat, I was trying to avoid Lye. Now it seems that one can’t make ‘proper’ soap without it (or some other harsh base) so I wanna grow soapwort and use it direct (by boiling it). I figure that although the lye is no longer harmful once it has been through the saponification process, I am assuming that it is pretty un-eco friendly to produce. 

 

Soapwort has sapon in it which apparently will make it lather when boiled or soaked. how cool would it be to just go out and grab a handfull of your soapwort every morning and wash with it!?

 

I would very much like to see them recipes for "homemade deodorant, toothpaste, dishwashing compound, laundry soap, and so on" you have as well

 

Peace,

 

Crash X