So a couple months ago I started making lye soap at home. I just produced my 3rd batch of soap and I've pretty well got the process down. I'm working on making myself a mold so I can make perfect, uniformly sized bars, but for the time being I'm just selling the bars that weigh between 2.3 and 3 ounces, and using the smaller bars to chop into flakes for use in laundry detergent, floor cleaning, dishes, etc.
After my 2nd batch did alright I decided to open up an Etsy shop so people could order my products if they wanted, so I thought I would share with you guys.
You can check out my shop at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/EastKYCrafts
Lye soap can be used to wash your hands with, and in stronger concentrations is also suitable for cleaning floors if you mix it with a little borax. It has historically been used to help cure bug bites, poison ivy, etc. It can irritate your skin if you have extremely sensitive skin. None of the soaps I have in my etsy shop have any scents added to them, they're just lye, animal fat and water.
I'm a computer nerd, but I also love the outdoors and doing things with my hands. I love hunting, fishing, hiking, working on cars, and making things with my hands. Lye soap was just something I thought of that not a lot of people make any more, but a lot of people around here love it if they can find it, especially the older folks, so I decided to try my hand at making it.
If anybody is curious I'd be more than happy to give you the recipe I use for making it. I order my lye off the internet. I know how to make it, but it's easier to calculate an exact strength of soap if you have lye crystals as opposed to filtering water through hardwood ashes for a couple days. The only problem with using crystal form lye is that nobody really sells it in stores any more, at least around here. I went to two stores and called 4 others and they all stopped selling Red Devil lye because apparently people use it to make meth.
Does anybody else on here make any hand-made crafts or have a shop on etsy?