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seannasmommy

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Hi everyone! I would love to see pics of how everyone stores their soap, both during curing and after. I'm trying to come up with a good system at my house that will allow the soap to breath after curing but not increase the likelihood of the blending of the scents of different soaps.

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Hello there Seannasmommy!

I don't have pics, as everything's been taken down for my move. I had a great and nearly cost free solution to curing. I knew I needed some racks, but shelving can be a bit pricey. Being an avid recycler, I was dropping off my recycle one day and spotted a bunch of old refrigerators and stoves that people had thrown out. I asked the gal overseeing the yard if I could check them for racks. I ended up with about 25 sturdy wire racks for a cost of $0, that I separate with wood blocks (about $10.00). Because they are so easy to assemble/disassemble I can move soaps away from each other easily. Although I've never had soap cross scent or blend during cure, I worry about it, especially with freshly cut soap. If you're not averse to scavenging...
 

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I cure soaps in these shallow plastic crates I scavenged out of the dumpster at work (I think they were originally fruit bins). Unless they are pure castilles, after a month they move to various cardboard boxes. Fancy huh?
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This time around i am using bread crates, they can hold up to around 150 bars each if i stand soaps up on skinny end
 

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To cure my soaps, I use these stackable cooling racks from Pampered Chef: http://www.pamperedchef.com/our_products/use_care/detail.jsp?productId=2093 I have quite a few of them because a family member of mine used to work for them.

To store my soaps, I use these BCW-800 baseball card storage boxes (one scent per box): http://www.shop.hobbiesdepot.com/On...UNIT-802.htm?gclid=CNKetImHpb8CFQEHaQodrV8AAg I love them because they accommodate a 2.8 lb batch perfectly (my usual size batch), with just the right amount of room left over to give each bar a little breathing space. The boxes stack nice, too.

For storing my smaller test-sized batches, I use the BCW-400: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000K3XQ8U/?tag=skimlinks_replacement-20


IrishLass :)
 
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Years ago, my girlfriend moved to Montana and couldn't take the cabinet her grandfather had built. She was about to leave it at the curb, but I said I'd take it. I couldn't stand the thought of something her grandfather had built getting thrown away. It has drawers on one side, and space on the other, where there was a pole for hanging clothes. Over the years, I used it in my spare bedroom to store extra clothes, but when I started making soap, I moved it to the craft room, removed the pole, built some frames, covered them with screening material, and have been using it ever since as a curing cabinet. Once my soaps are cured, I store them in baseball card boxes. No pictures, though.
 

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I use a baker's rack that is on wheels - it is the same kind used in bakeries. It is like the one pictured here: http://www.peachsuite.com/107706/ru...u^107706-adType^PLA-device^c-adid^46473458099

Instead of full size pans, I use half-size because they are lighter and easier on my back. I got mine at a restaurant supply store for $250.00 - it was a return. After my soaps are fully cured, I store them in plastic shoeboxes I get at Wal-Mart. I drill holes in the side for air. Some I go ahead and wrap and label and put in baskets on empty shelves on the baker's rack.

I know a lot of people use the corrugated strawberry boxes from Costco - they stack and are free.
 

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I cure soaps in these shallow plastic crates I scavenged out of the dumpster at work (I think they were originally fruit bins). Unless they are pure castilles, after a month they move to various cardboard boxes. Fancy huh?
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This time around i am using bread crates, they can hold up to around 150 bars each if i stand soaps up on skinny end
To cure my soaps, I use these stackable cooling racks from Pampered Chef: http://www.pamperedchef.com/our_products/use_care/detail.jsp?productId=2093 I have quite a few of them because a family member of mine used to work for them.

To store my soaps, I use these BCW-800 baseball card storage boxes (one scent per box): http://www.shop.hobbiesdepot.com/On...UNIT-802.htm?gclid=CNKetImHpb8CFQEHaQodrV8AAg I love them because they accommodate a 2.8 lb batch perfectly (my usual size batch), with just the right amount of room left over to give each bar a little breathing space. The boxes stack nice, too.

For storing my smaller test-sized batches, I use the BCW-400: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000K3XQ8U/?tag=skimlinks_replacement-20


IrishLass :)
Years ago, my girlfriend moved to Montana and couldn't take the cabinet her grandfather had built. She was about to leave it at the curb, but I said I'd take it. I couldn't stand the thought of something her grandfather had built getting thrown away. It has drawers on one side, and space on the other, where there was a pole for hanging clothes. Over the years, I used it in my spare bedroom to store extra clothes, but when I started making soap, I moved it to the craft room, removed the pole, built some frames, covered them with screening material, and have been using it ever since as a curing cabinet. Once my soaps are cured, I store them in baseball card boxes. No pictures, though.
I use a baker's rack that is on wheels - it is the same kind used in bakeries. It is like the one pictured here: http://www.peachsuite.com/107706/ru...u^107706-adType^PLA-device^c-adid^46473458099

Instead of full size pans, I use half-size because they are lighter and easier on my back. I got mine at a restaurant supply store for $250.00 - it was a return. After my soaps are fully cured, I store them in plastic shoeboxes I get at Wal-Mart. I drill holes in the side for air. Some I go ahead and wrap and label and put in baskets on empty shelves on the baker's rack.

I know a lot of people use the corrugated strawberry boxes from Costco - they stack and are free.
I use shoe boxes - open topped until I consider them cured enough, then the top on but with some holes in the sides.
Hello there Seannasmommy!

I don't have pics, as everything's been taken down for my move. I had a great and nearly cost free solution to curing. I knew I needed some racks, but shelving can be a bit pricey. Being an avid recycler, I was dropping off my recycle one day and spotted a bunch of old refrigerators and stoves that people had thrown out. I asked the gal overseeing the yard if I could check them for racks. I ended up with about 25 sturdy wire racks for a cost of $0, that I separate with wood blocks (about $10.00). Because they are so easy to assemble/disassemble I can move soaps away from each other easily. Although I've never had soap cross scent or blend during cure, I worry about it, especially with freshly cut soap. If you're not averse to scavenging...
Thank you all so much for the great ideas! Gini, I know a place exactly like that! I'm going to ask them about the racks inside! And Irish Lass, I'm going to buy some of those boxes at Amazon today!

Thank you all so much :)
 
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