It is even more simple than you can imagine. If you ever have wondering what you can do with ashes left after last barbecue party and you would be interested to learn how to make liquid ''Ash soap'' from them, this is post exactly for you.
All you need is some ashes and water and big bucket, do not use metal buckets for it, regular plastic bucket is more than recommended.
First step is separate large pieces of ash from fine particles what we will use to make the ''Ash soap''.
I found simple metal sieve works quite well for it.
When ashes are clean and fine, boil the water twice in volume as your ashes.
For 1 part the ashes you need 2 parts the boiling water.
Pour boiled water on ashes, close the container and leave for 2 days to react and settle down.
This is how ashes looks like after 2 days.
Now you should filtrate ashes out of solution. I used ordinary cheese cloth for this work and it worked quite well. Use gloves if you touch the solution to protect your hands from strong alkaline.
As you see ''Ash soap'' is very strong potassium hydroxide with high value of pH 12,6.
Now you ''Ash soap'' is ready to use.
You can use this alkaline solution ''Ash soap'' or laundry soap to wash your clothes in sustainable and eco friendly way.
You can use this alkaline solution ''Ash soap'' or laundry solution to wash your clothes in sustainable and eco friendly way. This is one of oldest and simplest method to make ash soap and even today many french people use this kind of solution as laundry soap and you can find some ''Ash soap'' sellers in local farmers markets. Their customers come seven with their own bottles, that means they are found this solution not only effective but appreciate its ecological nature.
You can use any ashes for this project, because potassium in ashes in this particular process does not react with any oils, so it is not a real soap in its classical terms. If you wish to make soap with oils and ashes than wood sort is very important, best for your next step would be ashes from hard wood like maple. But that is already other method.
If you feel intrigue to know more how else you can use ash soap read this blog post here.
Leave the comment if you would be interested to try these yourself and feel free to share your experience about it.
-Lita- Soap mentor, chemist, biologist and Liquid Plasma Crystals formulator
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