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Bamagirl

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So far, I have made 4 batches of soap. When I make them, I add all my oils to a plastic dollar tree mixing bowl and melt them in the microwave. Today, I started to wonder if this was the best idea? The reason I do it that way, is to keep all my soaping supplies separate (my OCD mind doesn't want to use any of my cooking stuff for soap- even if it is stainless and supposed to be ok).
 

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So far, I have made 4 batches of soap. When I make them, I add all my oils to a plastic dollar tree mixing bowl and melt them in the microwave. Today, I started to wonder if this was the best idea? The reason I do it that way, is to keep all my soaping supplies separate (my OCD mind doesn't want to use any of my cooking stuff for soap- even if it is stainless and supposed to be ok).
Pretty much what I do, but I use plastic paint containers from Home Depot.
 

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Those are fine. Just watch as the handles do have a tendency to crack after awhile. I use them to melt my oils.
 

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+1 on paint buckets in the microwave. Just noticed that some of mine are cracking from age and use, so keep an eye.
 

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For what it's worth, this is my favorite soaping bowl. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ANY6UW/?tag=skimlinks_replacement-20 It doesn't look like it would be all that steady, but it has a nice gripping bottom and hasn't even tried to tip on me.

I microwave all of mine, and after several years of use my old ones were starting to crack, leaving me fearing a break while in the microwave or a handle breaking off while moving the bowl. What a mess either would be!!!
 
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I do the same Bamagirl, melting oils in microwave in dollar tree plastic bowls. I'm just careful to hold the handle and the bottom of the bowl with 4lbs of oil! I also use the same bowls to make my lye. I have the red bowls for that. Keep in mind that I use frozen gm for my lye so the red bowl doesn't get scary hot.

Sounds like you're destined to be a champion soaper Bamagirl! :)
 

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Your method is just fine, but just in case, for whatever reason, you can't use your plastic bowl, know that for years I've been using a stainless stock pot as my soap pot, and a stainless saucepan to mix my lye, and I use both of them, (well washed of course) for food all the time with no ill effects. I would not do this with any material that's porous, but stainless is fine.
 

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I nuke all my hard oils in the microwave inside of $1 painter buckets from Home Depot. Like other folks mentioned, they work a treat. I add my oils that are liquid at room temperature afterwards to quickly cool down everything .
 
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