Odor neutralizing hand soap, perfect for the kitchen!
I've been meaning to do this soap forever. The ingredients have been sitting here looking at me for months! So coffee is known to neutralize odors, which makes it perfect for use in the kitchen. It seems like even after you wash, that garlic or onion smell still lingers on your hands. I thought I'd give this a try as hand soap but you could definitely use it in the shower to wake you up in the morning. It would also be great as garden soap since the texture from the coffee works great to scrub your skin clean.
If this post seem a little wordy, it's because I've made melt & pour soap before and have gotten lots of questions. I just want to make sure I try to answer them all here first. See my Honey Almond Chamomile Soap Recipe!
- I chose a goat's milk soap base, but you can use whatever you like or have available. I purchased my soap base from Michael's craft store.
- I used orange scented soap fragrance, Art Minds brand. You can choose to substitute essentials oils for the fragrance, but keep in mind that the measurements may change. Whichever scent or brand you choose, follow recommendations for yours. The Art Minds brand says to use 5 drops per 1 oz of soap, Since melted soap base starts to cool pretty quickly, I measured the drops out ahead of time into a disposable cup. The tsp measurement is an estimate of the drops I counted out.
- I live in a very dry climate plus it's winter, dry hands are a huge problem for me. Adding a little olive oil couldn't hurt right? According to some of my research, it's recommended to not add more than 1 tsp of oil per pound of soap or you risk your soap not hardening properly.
- My coffee is freshly ground, not brewed. I ground this on the espresso setting because I wanted it fine and not too gritty feeling. There is still a slight exfoliating texture.
- I originally wanted to mix in ground cloves but I didn't have any and I didn't feel like going to the store. I used 1 tsp allspice but you can't really smell it. If I make this again, I would definitely add more. If you don't have allspice, you could just forget it or substitute with cloves or cinnamon.
- Get your mold(s) ready before you start. Because I like the look, I pour mine all in one large mold and then cut into bars, you can also purchase individual molds. I prefer to use a box lined with wax paper as my mold because it has 90 degree angles. When I cut my soap its uniformly shaped.
2 lbs Goats Milk Soap
1/2-1 tsp Orange Fragrance(Art Minds)
1 tsp Olive Oil
2 Tbsp finely ground coffee
1-2 tsp. Allspice
I would recommend using bowls and utensils that you do not plan to use for food again. Begin by cutting up the soap base. The kind I purchased comes in a block, scored into cubes. You should cut smaller than the cubes for better melting. Since this is a large batch, you can microwave for 1 minute, stir and repeat. When you see that it's getting more melted reduce microwave time to 30 second intervals, stirring in between until soap is completely melted. Quickly add your ingredients and stir well. The soap begins to cool quickly so you can't take your time. As soon as it's combined pour into mold.
The soaps sets fairly quickly, I usually wait a couple hours before I cut it. After I cut into bars, I like to wait a few days before wrapping in plastic. I've heard people say their soap has gotten moldy in plastic wrap. I always make sure it's had time to set and dry out and have never had a mold problem even after months.
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