My Shampoo Bars for puppies
2 oz Lye Crystals
5 oz ice cold distilled water
16 oz Shortening
A non-detergent soap designed especially for sensitive puppy skin.; No detergents, dyes or fragrance to irritate
Lard (food grade), Sodium
Hydroxide (lye) with Retained Glycerin,
Prepare a box made from cardboard, plastic, wood or glass and line it with
plastic wrap or waxed paper. This will become your soap mold.
Melt the fats in a pan. Stir a little to make sure itís all melted entirely.
Remove it from the heat and allow it to cool a little.
When itís cooled to around 130į F (54C) begin to stir it.
Ware your eye protection and gloves to slowly pour the water into a mixing
bowl and carefully add the lye into the water, stirring constantly.
Continue stirring until the lye has dissolved. Cover with a light cloth and
leave to cool to around 130į F (54C).
Pour the lye/water mixture into the oils in a thin stream. The key to a good
soap mixture it constant, slow stirring.
When youíve poured all the lye into the fats, you should find that the soap
starts to thicken. Trickle some of the mixture off the back of a spoon, this
should leave a trace line (commonly referred to as the Ďtrace stageí)
Add any optional coloring and essential oils and stir. Pour your homemade lye
soap into a plastic-lined box or mold. Cover the top with a lid or card, then
wrap it in a towel and allow it to set for a couple of hours in a nice warm
area. The soap should still be soft enough to cut into bars with a table
knife. Donít use anything that will be sharp enough to cut through the plastic
lining and continue to handle with gloves for the first 48 hours.
Once youíve cut your bars, leave the soap to set for a further week before you
remove it from the mold. You will then need to leave your soap in a dry placed
to cure for around a month before itís ready for use.
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