There was a time when our world was more frugal, when throwing one thing out was akin to breaking the unwritten eleventh commandment. Everything was saved and put to good use. Waste pieces of fabric became quilts, bits of leftovers became a mouth-watering stew, and even those small , useless nubs of soap were transformed into lovely and practical soap balls. Frugality has made a comeback, and with it the art of making hand-milled soap balls. Roll up your sleeves, call the children, apparent off the counter, and get out the soap! You are making cleaning soap balls.
The options for making soap balls are limited solely by your ingredients and your imagination. Follow the basic instructions down below, and then release your creative energies by trying several of the more elaborate variations.
Basic Hand-Milled Soap Balls
You’ll have bar soap, either full bars or ends. Even though unscented is preferred, use whatever you have on hand. You have to a small amount of water, a grater, and a large bowl.
Grate the soap into a bowl, making a reasonable attempt to look after the skin on your knuckles. Add a small amount of water, enough to help make the Organic Coffee Soap stick together when pressed into a ball. You should definitely add only a splash or two at a time, so as not to end up receiving soap soup. Using your hands, ball the soap into the preferred size. (If you do not want soap-covered hands, cover your hands in any type of oil before shaping. ) Allow your creations to harden for two or three days. Congratulations! That you are now an official master of making soap balls!
Now comes the fun part.
Creative Soap Balls
Now that you know how to make baseball soap, free your creative side to explore the unlimited ways for experimenting with the scent and look of your little treasures.
Place in a small amount of your favorite essential oil to the mix in the bowl. Less is way more; add only a few drops, and use caution, reading all forewarning labels. Determine your need or preference, do a little exploration on the benefits of aromatherapy, and choose the scent that would best suit your purpose. Consider lavender for relaxation, peppermint for rejuvenation, or one or a combination of numerous other oils with regard to scenting your soap.
Cut dried herbs or think about into small pieces to spruce up the soap. Often mix the plants in with the soap gratings, as well as roll the finished product in the cuttings. Go seasons by using whatever dried flowers are out in the property.
Your kitchen is a terrific place to explore new thoughts when making soap balls. Grate orange peel into the combination to benefit from the orange oil and the scent. Instead of waters, add coffee and a few grounds to the grated soap. Often the resultant coffee soap is a great odor-remover for stubborn onion and tuna smells on the hands. Use cocoa powdered ingredients for a fun soap that will make your children actually want to shampoo up. Oatmeal is a gentle exfoliant that makes a great supplement to the mix. Dried herbs or cinnamon from the spice drawer are both excellent options.
If you wish to further color your designs, consider a natural colorant. Boil onion skins or blossom petals in water and use this in place of the water with your mix. An option for a deep green is chlorophyll mixed in water, available at a health food store. Also try carrot liquid, beet root, paprika, or anything else that looks lovely.