Thursday, March 6, 2014

Crafting gone wrong

My sisters birthday is this weekend and we're going over for dinner to celebrate.  Gift giving isn't a big deal because she basically has what she wants or the means to get it.  She also has a tendency to get pissy.  Last year for Mother's Day Princess Bear (PB) gave her a tray of sweet pea starts for her garden.  She got upset because she didn't want to have to plant them or worry about where to put them.  Made me want to throttle her 30 different ways!  So basically we just do a gesture gift and hope it doesn't create drama.  My sister is a neurotic hand washing germaphobe.  So PB and I decided to make her homemade hand soap.  I have tons of Dr. Bronners bars of soap around.  Easy peasy right?  NO!  As I was funneling it into the milk jug we were going to give her I jokingly looked at PB and said "Happy Birthday Aunt Kate!  We made you snot!".  It really looked like snot.  The recipe I used said to use 1 gallon of distilled water and 2 grated bars of Dr. Bronners soap.  Okey dokey.  You heat the water to almost boiling and then stir in the grated soap.  Mix until the soap has melted and let sit for 12-24 hours (stirring occasionally).  Then you can add in whatever essential oils you'd like.  At first it was SUPER watery and I thought it was never going to thicken.  Fast forward about 6 hours and we had snot.  I bottled up the snot and was hoping for the best.  Well, I checked it this morning and it's gelled up even more.  Color me so unhappy.  So I went to that playground called pinterest and checked out DIY hand soap recipes on there.  Most of them call for 1 gallon of water to 1 bar of soap.  I'm wondering if I should try to get the gelled soap out of the milk jug and add it to a warm gallon of distilled water or just start all over again.  UGH!  I absolutely hate it when you try things that you've found online and they don't work well.  Couldn't you update your blog post???? (The recipe I used was from a blog).  Guess it's back to the drawing board! 

6 comments:

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

you should be able to reheat it and add the water. That's the reason I have decided not to make my own dish soap. I wasn't happy with the consistency. Hope it all works out!!

Sarah said...

Staci- Thanks for your input! I made a new batch for my sister and was debating what to do with the first one. I'll give it a whirl. If nothing else I can put it in the Libman mop to do the floors. Thanks again!

Leigh said...

It's been eons since I made soap! Your post really made me chuckle though. Like everything else, I reckon there's a knack to it. :)

Sarah said...

Leigh- glad that I made you chuckle! A laugh a day, right? :) I think you're totally right and either you have a knack for it or not.

MariClaire said...

Ohmygosh! Have you read the latest Farm Kings magazine (March issue)??? They had an AWESOME soap recipe in there! You should try it! It'll make even the most dramatic sister happy (I would know, I have one myself) ;);) Happy Crafting((:

Sarah said...

MariClaire- I haven't subscribed to the Farm Kings Mag just because it seems a bit pricey but the blurbs that they've shared on FB seem interesting so maybe I'll suck up the cost and subscribe! Aren't those dramatic sisters fun??? ;)