Bar Soap? - Page 3 - Survivalist Forum
Survivalist Forum

Advertise Here

Go Back   Survivalist Forum > >
Articles Classifieds Donations Gallery Groups Links Store Survival Files


Notices

Disaster Preparedness General Discussion Anything Disaster Preparedness or Survival Related

Advertise Here
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-04-2019, 06:38 PM
Justme11's Avatar
Justme11 Justme11 is online now
Wile E Coyote, Genius.
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Houston
Posts: 32,282
Thanks: 37,148
Thanked 83,961 Times in 24,276 Posts
Default



Advertise Here

Quote:
Originally Posted by shado View Post
Of course you'll make soap IF you have the fat to do it with. But stocking up on 200-300 bars of soap isn't terribly expensive and will last a long, long time.
Back a million years ago when I was a kid, I remember that bar soap would dry out, get cracks in it and sort of half evaporate if it was left on the shelf for a few years. (maybe because it was made from dinosaur fat).

Not sure if the new stuff has that issue anymore or not. The liquid stuff in the gallon jugs seems to endure the passage of time without any ill effects.
Quick reply to this message
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Justme11 For This Useful Post:
Old 09-04-2019, 07:25 PM
bunkerbuster's Avatar
bunkerbuster bunkerbuster is online now
VIP Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Out west
Posts: 10,355
Thanks: 6,134
Thanked 31,462 Times in 8,463 Posts
Default

For our rural home we just use store bought soap.

This is the basic recipe my wife uses to make bar soap for the BOL.
(we have pigs @ our BOL & render a LOT of lard)
She adds some things she prefers.

https://www.frugalandthriving.com.au...ade-lard-soap/
__________________
Itís dangerous to be right, when the government is wrong. The price of freedom can be seen at your local VA hospital.
Quick reply to this message
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to bunkerbuster For This Useful Post:
Old 09-04-2019, 08:18 PM
shado shado is offline
Target Shooter
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 537
Thanks: 436
Thanked 1,306 Times in 349 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Justme11 View Post
Back a million years ago when I was a kid, I remember that bar soap would dry out, get cracks in it and sort of half evaporate if it was left on the shelf for a few years. (maybe because it was made from dinosaur fat).

Not sure if the new stuff has that issue anymore or not. The liquid stuff in the gallon jugs seems to endure the passage of time without any ill effects.
I'm sure it depends on the soap. The oldest bars of this soap I have are about 10 years old and just like when they were new. It's still the finest - and least toxic - soap I've ever used.
Quick reply to this message
The Following User Says Thank You to shado For This Useful Post:
Old 09-04-2019, 08:21 PM
IamZeke's Avatar
IamZeke IamZeke is offline
Beer Truck Door Gunner
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Texas
Posts: 29,603
Thanks: 37,134
Thanked 63,693 Times in 21,644 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Justme11 View Post
Back a million years ago when I was a kid, I remember that bar soap would dry out, get cracks in it and sort of half evaporate if it was left on the shelf for a few years. (maybe because it was made from dinosaur fat).

Not sure if the new stuff has that issue anymore or not. The liquid stuff in the gallon jugs seems to endure the passage of time without any ill effects.
Dry out is exactly that. As the water content leaves the bar splits and makes soap harder. It doesn't lather up as fast either. You have to rub it longer to get more suds.
__________________
Need more info? Try this:

Search using Google, type "site:survivalistboards.com" in Google's search box, followed by the search parameters. You can use all normal conventions, limit searches by date, etc. Works quite well and beats the native search function.
Quick reply to this message
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to IamZeke For This Useful Post:
Old 09-04-2019, 08:28 PM
lasers lasers is online now
Survivor
 
Join Date: May 2017
Posts: 2,640
Thanks: 39
Thanked 3,509 Times in 1,608 Posts
Default

In my experience soap made from venison fat appear to last quite well, we have some about 9 years old and it looks like the day we made it. Although it does get very soft if it is left wet between uses.
Quick reply to this message
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to lasers For This Useful Post:
Old 09-05-2019, 06:17 PM
Mike from Sac Mike from Sac is offline
Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Northern CA
Posts: 16
Thanks: 2
Thanked 6 Times in 3 Posts
Default

Even expensive bar soap is cheaper than cheap body wash. Here's a link on an article about this (and there's a lot of articles saying the same thing). Good soap is good for your skin and you can use it as shampoo. Also, if you're married, the wife likes it and it's cheaper than most women's brands of beauty products.

https://lifehacker.com/body-wash-is-...-it-1825919775
Quick reply to this message
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Mike from Sac For This Useful Post:
Old 09-05-2019, 07:02 PM
labellavita's Avatar
labellavita labellavita is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 55
Thanks: 619
Thanked 90 Times in 35 Posts
Default

I like Dr. Bronner's castile soap, it is healthy and you can use it from head to toe, but I had two issues with it, 1) it really dried out my hair (maybe if I kept my hair short with lots of trims I wouldn't have noticed but my hair is long so I did, conditioner was the same, only thing changed was the soap/shampoo), and 2) whenever I refill my glass soap dispenser near the sink the soap always dries and clogs the pump. Mrs. Meyer's soap does not do that, only the Dr. Bronners. I use the Bronner's in cleaning my house. And for the body, I buy a healthy shea butter soap. It is more expensive but it is a hard soap so it lasts longer and doesn't melt so easily. I had a friend who told me about the shea butter soap, she used it from head to toe... I've not tried it yet to see if it is gentle on my hair, but I love it on my body. I have over 20 bars but need more, was reading yesterday about the experiences of a man who lived through the war in Bosnia in the 1990s, he was talking about how important hygiene was in that grid-down situation.
Quick reply to this message
Old 09-05-2019, 08:31 PM
pop401k pop401k is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 106
Thanks: 800
Thanked 121 Times in 61 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Henrykjr View Post
I wasn't sure where to put this post here or on the homesteading section.

As par of my preps I do stockpile bar soap....mostly of the store bought kind (zest, coast, irish spring etc).

Since I have limited space and I know the brands above are pretty low quality and melt relatively quickly in comparison to higher quality bar soap.

I know Castille soap may be an option.....so what I am looking for is a reasonably priced high quality soap that will last 2-3 times that of the cheaper stuff.

What are the recommendations? I normally stock around 20 bars.

HK

Take the soap out of it's packaging and store it "naked". That will let it dry out and it will last a lot longer.
Quick reply to this message
Old 09-06-2019, 01:50 AM
IamZeke's Avatar
IamZeke IamZeke is offline
Beer Truck Door Gunner
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Texas
Posts: 29,603
Thanks: 37,134
Thanked 63,693 Times in 21,644 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by pop401k View Post
Take the soap out of it's packaging and store it "naked". That will let it dry out and it will last a lot longer.
While soap bars that have dried do indeed resist the shower melt effect better they are also harder to lather up and you have to rub them longer.

I personally think it works out about the same for most soaps.

But I will admit that it works well on softer bars like Ivory. Ivory just melts away like crazy unless you dry the bars out.
__________________
Need more info? Try this:

Search using Google, type "site:survivalistboards.com" in Google's search box, followed by the search parameters. You can use all normal conventions, limit searches by date, etc. Works quite well and beats the native search function.
Quick reply to this message
Old 09-06-2019, 11:36 AM
NY Yankee NY Yankee is offline
Prepared
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 385
Thanks: 33
Thanked 294 Times in 168 Posts
Default

Kirk's, Ivory, Dr Bronner's, Dial. All good. Wrap tight in plastic wrap and store in a rodent proof box, watertight.
Quick reply to this message
The Following User Says Thank You to NY Yankee For This Useful Post:
Old 09-06-2019, 08:58 PM
BigJim's Avatar
BigJim BigJim is offline
Master Mason
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: The Repbublic of TEXAS
Posts: 2,606
Thanks: 7,496
Thanked 7,329 Times in 2,038 Posts
Default

I load up on Irish Spring and Yellow Dial.

I smell purity.
Quick reply to this message
Old 09-06-2019, 09:24 PM
Cat wrangler Cat wrangler is online now
Survivor
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Northern New York
Posts: 2,308
Thanks: 5,072
Thanked 4,643 Times in 1,743 Posts
Default

The liquid Castile soap or shampoo, along with some baking soda does a decent job of removing gunk from sink, tub, etc. as a scrub. I try to keep some of that around since it is multiuse. I too like Dr Bronners bar soap. Also like Dr Woods bar soap. They both seem to last a long time.
Quick reply to this message
Old 09-06-2019, 11:46 PM
pop401k pop401k is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 106
Thanks: 800
Thanked 121 Times in 61 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by NY Yankee View Post
Kirk's, Ivory, Dr Bronner's, Dial. All good. Wrap tight in plastic wrap and store in a rodent proof box, watertight.
I've never done a comparison on how long it lasts, but I know ivory floats because there is air "foam" in the bar, that's why it floats, and hence not solid soap (20%? air). Is it a measurable factor in cost/use? I don't know, but thought it worth mentioning.
Quick reply to this message
Old 09-08-2019, 09:22 AM
catlady12 catlady12 is offline
Hunter
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 1,867
Thanks: 1,119
Thanked 2,415 Times in 1,113 Posts
Default

I stock bars and have them stashed everywhere. We are getting away from plastic containers so these work great for us, they also donít take up that much room.

Ivory, Dial, scented ones, charcoal based ones. When I see a sale I stock up. Itís going to be a big barter item.
Quick reply to this message
Old 09-12-2019, 08:54 AM
faif2d's Avatar
faif2d faif2d is offline
Hiker
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Wilds of NE Texas
Posts: 586
Thanks: 6,792
Thanked 585 Times in 344 Posts
Default

One of the first things I did when I retired 10 years ago was to buy 4 boxes of Zest soap. My thought was, this will never go bad, the dollar will continue to go down so it will never be as cheap. So far those things have proven true and I have not run out yet. Also Sam's quit carrying it. The other thing I purchased was aluminum foil. Still haven't run out of that either.
Quick reply to this message
Old 09-16-2019, 11:06 PM
citizendino citizendino is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 232
Thanks: 3
Thanked 256 Times in 104 Posts
Default

Dr Bronners
Quick reply to this message
Old 09-17-2019, 12:36 AM
Wyobuckaroo48's Avatar
Wyobuckaroo48 Wyobuckaroo48 is offline
Prepared
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Northern BC Canada
Posts: 264
Thanks: 0
Thanked 354 Times in 154 Posts
Default

We also stock bar soap. We have a couple 20 liter of so tote with good, tight lids we use to store it in.

We buy a variety of brands, as it is on sale, mostly at Costco. Then rotate out of the totes.

I also keep a "soapy" in the shower. A large, good quality wash cloth folded over and sewn on two sides. The remaining open side has a draw string. This is for all the sliver end of bars to use to the maximum.

No one in this household has any sensitivities to any brands, so nothing special is required.
Quick reply to this message
Old 10-27-2019, 11:09 AM
Hemp's Avatar
Hemp Hemp is offline
Gun Luvin Hippie
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 231
Thanks: 3
Thanked 266 Times in 113 Posts
Default

I made super hard castille soap from Olive oil purchased at Costco. The total cost was about 25% more than the plain Suave brand soap I usually buy from Target. A pure olive oil soap will be very hard but also takes 9+ months to cure before use. Add a little beeswax and the soap becomes even harder.

My soap foams/lathers much less then regular soap, actually doesn't lather at all, but easily lasts 4+ times longer. The lack of lather can be negated by adding other "foamy" lipids like coconut oil (which will soften soap). Or small amounts of castor oil which won't effect hardness but isn't cheap.

If it wasn't for the long cure time I'd be selling this stuff as "Forever"" SHTF soap😜. Not too costly as a DIY especially considering you can add genuine frangrances like tea tree, peppermint, rosemary, Bay leaf eyc, all which bring additional benefits.

Beeswax can be added to any soap recipe to make it harder, a little goes a long way.
Quick reply to this message
Old 10-27-2019, 10:41 PM
IceFire's Avatar
IceFire IceFire is offline
I have control issues
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Southeast AZ
Posts: 5,813
Thanks: 8,611
Thanked 9,209 Times in 3,547 Posts
Awards Showcase
Outstanding Gardening Post or Thread 
Total Awards: 1
Default

I have quite a bit of Fels Naptha soap stocked - I use it (along with washing soda and borax) to make laundry detergent. I also keep some Kirk's Castille Soap bars, and Grandma's Lye soap. The other soap I tend to keep on had is Lava soap - it's great for removing garden grime from my hands.
Quick reply to this message
Old 10-27-2019, 11:00 PM
IamZeke's Avatar
IamZeke IamZeke is offline
Beer Truck Door Gunner
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Texas
Posts: 29,603
Thanks: 37,134
Thanked 63,693 Times in 21,644 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by IceFire View Post
The other soap I tend to keep on had is Lava soap - it's great for removing garden grime from my hands.
C'mon, admit it. Gojo and Fast Orange do grime better, but pumice soap just feels better using it.

Love my Lava bars. But every girlfriend and family female who finds the used bars just go yuck, and use a towel to grab it and throw that dirty bar away while you aren't looking. Since porn is now on the internet instead of magazines, I have to hide my used Lava bars harder than anything else.
__________________
Need more info? Try this:

Search using Google, type "site:survivalistboards.com" in Google's search box, followed by the search parameters. You can use all normal conventions, limit searches by date, etc. Works quite well and beats the native search function.
Quick reply to this message
The Following User Says Thank You to IamZeke For This Useful Post:
Reply

Bookmarks



Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Survivalist Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Gender
Insurance
Please select your insurance company (Optional)

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:26 AM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright © Kevin Felts 2006 - 2015,
Green theme by http://www.themesbydesign.net