- Oct 19, 2020
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I haven't done the math to figure if it's cost efficient, but I loved my experiment! I found a spray hand sanitizer that is 66% ethanol, the rest being deionized water and glycerine, and wanted to experiment with using it to rebatch soap. I took all my scraps from a year of soaping, put them all in a heat-safe container, then thoroughly wet down the scraps, with a little standing liquid in the bottom of the container. I wrapped the top up tight with heat-safe plastic wrap and microwaved on and off with a lot of stirring inbetween, and the soap dissolved easily and became pourable, like melt and pour! Now I have a batch of solid bars drying instead of a quart ziplock of scraps too small to be easily used. I'm going to let the ethanol and extra water evaporate out for 6 weeks, and see how the bars feel after that. I love chemistry!