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Easy Homemade Hard Soap

This is a super easy craft activity to include in a unit on pioneering, home ec studies, depression era living skills, etc. The powder laundry soap will set in about 15 minutes, but you will need to allow it several days to completely harden.


1 Ĺ cups vegetable oil
1 cup powdered laundry soap (not laundry detergent>
heating element
steel pan with lid
mixing spoon
waxed paper


1. Mix the oil and soap together in the steel pan.

2. Allow this mixture to simmer for about 15 minutes with the lid on. Donít remove the lid during the 15 minutes.

3. Take the pan off of the heating element and let it cool.

4. When the pan and soap have cooled enough, you can shape the soap with your hands or in molds.

5. Set the shaped soap on the waxed paper to completely dry. This will take several days.


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