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Old 01-11-2016, 08:13 PM   #21
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I mentioned this thread to an herbalist lady friend of mine who suggested the possibility of using turpentine as opposed to kerosene...in her mind closer to a plant based product as well as with its own set of beneficial properties, as opposed to a petroleum based product...in my mind petroleum is a plant based product but thats just me...just throwing that out to you folks for feedback...


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Old 01-11-2016, 08:19 PM   #22
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I mentioned this thread to an herbalist lady friend of mine who suggested the possibility of using turpentine as opposed to kerosene...in her mind closer to a plant based product as well as with its own set of beneficial properties, as opposed to a petroleum based product...in my mind petroleum is a plant based product but thats just me...just throwing that out to you folks for feedback...
I saw this mentioned in one of the threads I was reading. I haven't ruled out making some with turpentine, but wanted to try the kerosene as my husband has used it, so he knows it works well. I may try a batch with turpentine the next time I make him some hand soap and see if there is any difference and which he likes better.


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Old 01-11-2016, 08:29 PM   #23
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Bren ... I don't think kerosene consumes lye when the two are mixed together. It's not a triglyceride, so it doesn't make soap. A quick check on google doesn't show that it reacts otherwise w lye., so I don't think you need to worry about that....
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Thanks DeeAnna.

Sorry for the left turn, Bamagirl. I'm really interested in your results since Hubby gets really dirty working on the hot rod, and we are almost out of the orange smelling gel cleaner he got from work and we can't find anywhere...
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I have nothing useful to add except that this is a really interesting idea I'm filing away to try out someday. I've caught DH using straight gasoline to clean his hands as his great grandfather taught him to do after working on a car. He hasn't done any shade tree mechanic activities lately, but we are considering a move to a bit more land that will most likely involve tractors and such.

Be sure to let us know how it all comes out so I can bum the idea from you and save DH's stubborn fingers.
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I make a coconut oil and turpentine stain stick that works quite well.
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I would think that turpentine would work as well as kerosene.
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The entire turn on this thread got me thinking about several things.
I have never seen a SAP for any of the fuels or turpentine mentioned. That does NOT mean that they will remain unaffected by lye just that they don't by themselves make good soap.
As far as pouring canola oil or diesel or kerosene down a drain the problems are going to be very similar as to what they do in a sanitary sewer of drain field. These hydro carbons are digested by bacteria that live far enough underground that there is no ( very little) oxygen - anaerobic bacteria. Here in the USA we had problems with old fuel tanks leaking which was a large clean up project which I had a very small part in. The tests for gasoline were actually tests for lead . The "bugs " had eaten all the hydro carbons. Hungry little devils. They did not eat the lead or the benzine both of which can cause problems especially for children and the pre born.
Bottom line with any solvent or oil is to be cautious and aware as to how much goes down the drain pipe.

I am VERY intrigued by the idea of mechanics soap and will most likely make a batch come spring when I can cure soap in the shop.
Thank you for posting this to the OP!
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I think it is reasonable -- and important -- to discuss potential environmental effects. Can we rise above feeling slighted, and taking sides? We pride our forum on being friendly because we know we are fully capable of that, and it is our intention.

Thanks for considering it.
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I mentioned this thread to an herbalist lady friend of mine who suggested the possibility of using turpentine as opposed to kerosene...in her mind closer to a plant based product as well as with its own set of beneficial properties, as opposed to a petroleum based product...in my mind petroleum is a plant based product but thats just me...just throwing that out to you folks for feedback...
I often think I should be more mindful of things like this, but when I made a similar soap not to long ago (100% CO, 1% super fat) it really just boiled down to availability since I already had kerosene for lamps.


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