How to Thicken Liquid Castile Soap

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Greetings fellow soapers! I hope everyone is staying healthy and well. Sure is a good time to know how to craft your own soap, huh? :)

I feel like I finally got the liquid castile soap making down and have been using it to clean dishes, as a shower gel and shampoo base (though for this I super fat at a higher rate so it's nice and soft and I blend in a little SCI and xanthum, which thickens the shampoo...if anyone is interested in the recipe and ratios i'd be happy to share...), and even use it mixed with ACV or baking soda to clean the house. One question: is there a way to make the liquid castile soap a little thicker? My hubbie and my close friend who I share my soap with both prefer a little more of a substantive liquid soap. And to be honest, while the soap really cuts grease and does lather well when I am washing dishes, because it's liquidy, it does slip through fingers or drip off the sponge. So I was wondering how to get it a little thicker. I am experimenting with xanthum gum but don't know how to use it yet. And I've tried mixing a little sea salt. It didn't thicken it too much.

I use the Oh The Things We Will Make recipe (see the thingswewillmake.com website) and Tara Lee (search her on you tube), and Humble Bee and Me. The recipes are really lovely and work well...just wondering about thickening...

Cheers from NY!
 

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Try mixing 30 gram of salt with 100 gram of water. Then slowly add to the soap, using spoon, you will quickly see the difference and sometimes even 2 teaspoons would be ok for 500ml of soap, so pour a bit in, mix and check. It will be better than just adding salt into the soap.
Good luck xx
 

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Try mixing 30 gram of salt with 100 gram of water. Then slowly add to the soap, using spoon, you will quickly see the difference and sometimes even 2 teaspoons would be ok for 500ml of soap, so pour a bit in, mix and check. It will be better than just adding salt into the soap.
Good luck xx
Does the salt need to be without iodine?
 

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So far I have used both just normal white cooking salt the cheapest from the shops, and Himalayan pink salt they both worked fine. The only differenece I have noticed is that Himalayan one makes soap more cloudy, while whita table salt not.

Thats all info I can offer really, so far I was jist making liquid soap for me and close friends so never read much into the topic.
 
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Try mixing 30 gram of salt with 100 gram of water. Then slowly add to the soap, using spoon, you will quickly see the difference and sometimes even 2 teaspoons would be ok for 500ml of soap, so pour a bit in, mix and check. It will be better than just adding salt into the soap.
Good luck xx
Thank you so much!
 

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Good night, I too encountered this problem~ I ordered premade liquid soap but the viscosity was to runny and so I googled how to fix, saw the tip on using salt to thicken applied it but it made a thick lather on top and the water stayed at the bottom. Anyone experienced this?
 
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Did you try to forcefully mix it? worked for me

Also whats your oil composition, oils high in coconut oil will be hard to thicken using salt while soaps with high oleic fatty acids (ex. olive oil) will be much easier (at least form what I have read haven't tried this yet)
 

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