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  1. Hi!
    Could I replace some of the coconut oil with olive oil? Would I have to change the amount of KOH?

    1. Yes, you will need to recalculate the recipe in a lye calculator. Any time you change oils the amount of KOH is likely to change.

  2. I’ve made the soap twice with different kinds of oils like tallow, canola, olive and sunflower. Each time I get a nice paste that makes a clear soap on the clarity test. However after adding 35 Oz by weight of water my soap is THICK. I had to dilute it twice more with the same amount of water – 70 Oz total. It is was ridiculously thick. When it cooled off it had a skin and was the consistency of pudding. Anyway it lol tripled the recipe output the 2 times I made it. But hey, I have lots of dish soap now. Had to save containers like lemon juice and oversized vanilla bottles but I have 8 large bottles of soap now. Thanks! Was lots of fun to find this blog with an actual recipe.

    1. That is so interesting. It’s been a while since I’ve made this. I’m wondering if I could have thinned mine more. My one complaint is that it clogs at the bottle opening. Perhaps thinning it more would help. I guess you’re set on dish soap for a minute!

  3. Do we have to add essential oils? Can it be left unscented? We used a lot of unscented soap for washing milk pails and such.

  4. My soap paste keeps separating but it is glossy. Dilution test comes back translucent but not absolutely clear. Help please.

    1. Hopefully you got my email. As long as you have cooked it for the right amount of time and it has changed consistency you could go ahead and try to dilute half of it and see how it turns out. It really shouldn’t be separating though, it’s hard for me to know what is going on with that.

  5. I have an abundance of tallow and lard. Is there a reason to stay away from that kind of fat for this dish soap recipe? I understand I would need to recalculate the amounts in a soap calc. if I changed the fat. Just hoping I could save the money on buying coconut oil IF it made as good of a product as you made with coconut oil.
    Looking forward to checking out your Etsy shop- I’m on the lookout for a good (and pretty) homestead /home school planner.

  6. Linda did you try making this with lard. I too would like to try that and wondering how your calculations came for the lye. How much did you use?

  7. After more research, I don’t believe you can use lard and get a consistent result. It is my understanding that it will likely come out cloudy and possibly separate.

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