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dlockart

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I am new to CP soap making. I used a #5 plastic container to mix the lye solution. There was a hard crust at the bottom that I couldn't get out with the spatula. Plus, how does one clean up the container? I ended up throwing it away, but that's not right, nor good for the environment.
 

hellogorgeous

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The hard crust could've been unmixed lye. Did you stir it until it was all dissolved? If you don't stir completely, the lye will settle and form a crust. Don't ask me how I know ... :)
 

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I just rinse my lye bucket out with hot water to clean it. I used to wash it with detergent until I read on the forum about someone getting "floaters" in their lye mix and they determined it was the detergent leaving a residue. I used a permanent magic marker to write LYE all over the bucket and it's stored with my other soaping stuff so it's never used for anything but lye.
 

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I tried putting lemon EO in a plastic container whie I was mixing the soap. By the time I got the soap to trace, the EO had crusted and now dynamite wouldn't get it out.
 

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