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CupcakeKisses

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ok, who covers their soap with plastic before putting on lid? I use the small plastic tubs until my wood mold comes, and I have used plastic to cover and prevent "soda ash". so what do you guys do? if I make "dollops" on top I dont want them smashed, but I dont want soda ash either. and when I get the wood mold do I plastic it or just put the top on? help!
 

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I do!!

I either use wax paper or plastic wrap and then cover that with a towel for insulation :)

and when you use a wood mold, all ive been doing is putting the cover on and leaving it..seems to have worked so far...
 

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No, I dont. I think they may cause overheating if you cover it too much.

Perhaps just tried wood :) or even cardboard
 

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helpwithsoap said:
No, I dont. I think they may cause overheating if you cover it too much.

Perhaps just tried wood :) or even cardboard
so, how do you prevent soda ash?

Waxed paper, thanks for that idea. I hate trying to stretch the plastic straight. lol
 

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youve got to seal it off from the air, ash is a biproduct of the saponification process that occurs when the forming soap is exposed to air (oxygen)...either cover it with a piece of wood, or cardboard (preferably after you put wax paper or similar over the top of the soap) I usually wait a little until gel goes underway to cover it so the top is kind of harder to indent, then I just press it onto the soap and flatten the air bubbles out of it with my fingers...works real nice :)
 

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So what do you do when you want the whipped up dollop look? Since flattening the wax paper over it would ruin the look...
 

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if you want the whipped up look id say put a larger piece of cardboard on top so it covers the mold hws suggested, then you dont have to worry about smooshing them :)
 
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