If you are a bacon lover and you have extra bacon grease hanging around the kitchen, put it to good use! This 100% lard soap recipe is great for the skin not to mention it makes a nice, hard bar of soap with lots of bubbles and a creamy lather.
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What you'll need:
- 6 Cavity Soap Mold (or any plastic container will work)
- 2 Mixing Bowls (Stainless Steel or Plastic)d
- Stick blender
- 2.5oz Lye
- 5oz Water
- 18.5oz Lard
Safety First: Protect yourself! Make sure to work in a well ventilated area, and always wear gloves, goggles and a mask when making soap.Working with lye can be dangerous as it releases fumes and cause chemical burns.
Step 1: Slowly and carefully add the lye to the water and stir until clear. Let it set until it reaches 100-120 degrees Fahrenheit. (To quicken the cooling process you can place the lye container in an ice bath using another container with ice and water. This will help it cool when the lye is added to the water.)
Step 2: Fully melt the lard and use another stainless steel or plastic bowl to strain the oil and remove any pieces of bacon that may be left in the fat. Then, add the lye and water mixture to the oils once they are both at 120 degrees Fahrenheit or below. (I like to wait until they are both below 100 degrees or below.)
Step 3: Use a stick blender to blend to a light to medium trace.
Step 4: Pour the soap into the molds and tap down to release any air bubbles. Wipe away any excess soap on the edges with a paper towel.
Step 5: Let the soap set for 2-3 days or until it will easily remove from the molds and allow it to cure on a rack for 4-6 weeks. Enjoy!