Pioneer Woman at Heart

One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Friday, February 3, 2023

Cold Day ~ Pouring Travel Soap

We are to have a very cold day today (yesterday's sunrise).  However, we are to warm up after that, so it's not staying long.

One more winter job off the to-do list - making travel soap.  

I am slowly working items out of my closet (total chaos).

The soap base was in solid blocks, so I grated it first.

I decided, after trying both sizes, that the rectangle soap makes a smaller soap, and better for travel.  the oval is perfect for a spare bathroom or gift giving.

I decided to get those made, and soap stored for any traveling this year.  Very easy to make and are great for adding to gifts such as a crocheted washcloth and face scrubbie pad.

Not all of the soap is in that photo, but the bars came out to about $.57/each minus adding essential oil.  I did not (obviously) add any coloring.  I am also sharing some with the kids, but perfect for travel trips/camping and gifting.

In hindsight, I should have made a few regular sized bars, but that job is done.  I have had the soap base for at least 2-3 years now.  The last few years have been rough, so I guess 2022-2023 is a "get'r done" year for us.

A reader asked about melting down slivers of leftover soap.  I do not know about store bought soap (non handmade).  I mentioned you could put your soap slivers into a soap saver bag made with 100% cotton.  

Once you add the essential oil and pour to a mold and then use, I don't think you can melt them down again (with the oil in them).

Photo of a soap saver bag:  HERE

I could not find a photo in my computer photos, so I went looking for a blogpost.  I do not have any here at the homestead.  What I have left is still at the museum gift shop.  There are several patterns online for them as well.


Katie C. said...

Is this something that can be done with all those leftover bits of regular soap? If so , how?

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Katie C, this is a specific melt (add essential oils) and pour into molds type of soap base. The ones you buy at the store (non homemade) are made differently. I'll post a photo of the soap saver bags I crochet. You put all your leftover bits (store bought or homemade) into the bag and scrub away. I use cotton yarn to make mine.

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Katie it will not let me post a photo here in comments, so I will add it to the blog post

Carol said...

Love the soaps and yes, it looks as though you are getting a lot accomplished this year.

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Thank you Carol

Katie C. said...

Thank you

Debi said...

I made several soap savers for my daughter in law. She had a special soap to use for a skin condition and wanted to make sure that it dried out between uses. I never thought of putting the bits of bar soap in them but I surely will now! Thanks for the idea!

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Debi, I know many people like to put a bar of soap in the crocheted bag for a wash cloth, but the original use of it was to put all your soap bits in and then use after the bag was full. Works great by the way.