Natural, Non Toxic Cleaning: Zero Waste DISH & LAUNDRY Coconut Oil SOAP Recipes

Natural, Non Toxic Cleaning: Zero Waste DISH & LAUNDRY Coconut Oil SOAP Recipes


Hello Zero Wasters and welcome to Bottega Zero Waste! On this channel I will share everything I know about how you can make things yourself to live a little bit more zero waste, with less. today we’re gonna make soap using just one oil: coconut oil Coconut oil is very very cleansing, so it’s perfect to use to clean your dishes or even in your laundry It’s very important that you really familiarize yourself with the safety measures before attempting to make your own soap (more info in the description box below) safety goggles (always wear them when handling lye) reusable rubber gloves (wear them throughout the making) apron respirator (as the lye will produce a few fumes) 1 glass bowl to measure the coconut oil 1 pyrex (or stainless steel) bowl for the lye solution (sodium hydroxide + water) 1 tablespoon & 1 silicone spatula 1 high precision scale 1 glass bowl to weight the sodium hydroxide 1 stick blender silicone moulds of your choice (I used 5 small moulds for 250 grams of soap) First we’re going to weight the coconut oil in a glass bowl then our sodium hydroxide (also called “lye”) – *wear goggles and gloves! 0% super fat is a way I formulated the recipe so that it’s a little bit less moisturizing but it’s very very cleansing which is perfect for our purpose here We’re going then to weigh some cold tap water and, after that, we’re going to add the lye to the water Remember never the opposite! if you add the water to the lye the temperature of the water would rise dramatically causing the lye water to erupt out of the container once the lye has cooled down I will add it straight to the coconut oil so that the heat of the lye will melt down the coconut oil while forming the soap during the saponification reaction this is an advanced technique but if you want you can simply first melt the coconut oil and the temperature is the same as the lye water or they’re not more than 10 degrees apart then you can add the lye to the coconut oil I will use a stick blender to complete the saponification reaction not for too long because otherwise the soap batter will become way too thick and once the soap becomes thick, there’s no coming back point! it will just start to solidify As you can see the lye has now fully reacted with the oil It’s fully incorporated we call this “medium trace” We are now ready to pour into the mould! We can now leave the soap to harden in the mould for about 24 hours coconut oil is quite a hard oil so it would set up quite quickly it will also heat a little bit so we don’t want to cover it with anything at all just leave it at room temperature just go back to it the day after and you will see it will be quite hard you ready to unmould it! normally soap has to cure for at least 40 days but since this is a cleaning soap it can actually be used straight away we don’t mind it being a little bit alkaline just make sure you’re wearing gloves so that you protect your hands or the soap could be a bit drying to the skin 100% coconut oil soap can also be used as a laundry soap I follow the recipe from the “Green Kit” which is a cleaning kit by the brand “The Green Boutique” in the green kit recipe book it’s recommended to use 100% olive oil soap which is called castile soap but in this recipe we are using 100% coconut oil soap flakes which we are going to grate from the soap bar we’ve created and I think is gonna work as great because coconut oil soap is super super cleansing so it’s perfect to use in your laundry not just for your dishes! *add directly into the drum, before the laundry to complete the laundry soap recipe we’re gonna use sodium carbonate which comes with the kit It comes in a completely compostable plastic bag and also is quite a big quantity so I’m sure it will last a very long time! *add into the main wash detergent
compartment of the washing machine Check the notes to see more options and variations to this recipe! So that’s it! I really hope you enjoyed the recipes let me know what you think in the comments below if you want to learn more about the soap making and zero waste living you can visit my website bottegazerowaste.com or also my Instagram @bottegazerowaste

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