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Suds
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« on: April 16, 2012, 11:13:03 PM »

Hi
I'm new to soap making (haven't made my first batch yet) and on the request list, is a soap that will remove motor oil/grease, etc.

Anyone have any tried recipe's they'd like to share with me?

Thanks! Grin
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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2012, 03:53:51 AM »

I have never made one, but I would go for 50/50 olive/lard, corn meal, or coffee grounds, or oatmeal incorporated at trace.
It doesn't need to make a lot of bubbles, it needs to clean and scrape the mechanic's dirty hands.
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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2012, 04:55:34 AM »

I have a recipe that I sell to a couple of mechanics and as Velvet suggested it does contain an exfoliant.  I suggest using a higher cleansing oil to remove grease such as coconut. I would probably use it at 30% and then use other oils to help with conditioning such as olive, rice bran, sunflower and castor.  i would throw some stearic in to harden the bar if you get low numbers there.  I would superfat  as oil dissolves oil.   
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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2012, 06:34:02 AM »

I made one with orange essential oil and ground annatto seeds in it. I was going for a bar with similar smell and texture to the GoJo liquid mechanic soap. Turned out great.
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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2012, 08:01:47 AM »

I sell a bar that's high in coconut, contains a charcoal swirl to help with odors, plenty of pumice to help clean, and citrus fo.  People compare it to the old Lava soap bar and it's very popular with men or women buying for men.
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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2012, 03:49:40 PM »

Thanks everyone, time to go shopping again  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2012, 01:11:39 PM »

try adding a nice oil absorbing clay....i use that in my shop soap bars, helps absorb the grease and grime, along with ground pumice and try tea tree oil, it really helps to combat gasoline, diesel and grease odors, in my personal opinion, even a bit better than citrus scents...hope these suggestions help!!  Good Luck and let us know what ya come up with!!
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« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2012, 05:26:30 PM »

Here is on from the Cole Brothers site that I really like:

8 ounces olive oil
4 ounces Coconut Oil
4 ounces Palm Oil
1 ounce of lanolin added at trace
1 teaspoon finely ground pumice added at trace
1/8 cup finely ground expresso added at trace
2.3 ounces Lye
7 ounces water
1 teaspoon Sandalwood Fragrance oil

(I use cold coffee instead of water for the liquid.)
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« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2012, 04:19:12 AM »

Thanks for everyone's suggestions.  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2012, 10:00:00 AM »

This has been an interesting topic for me. Both my brothers are diesel mechanics as was my father before them. They literally come in from work covered head to toe in grease. I am very interested in trying a soap that will work for them out at the garage sink but am positive that a bar will not be the best medium to deliver to them. Currently, they use a pump dispenser or a tub of a popular mechanics soap.  I can just see a bar of soap sitting in the bottom of the garage sink covered in grease and very quickly melting down the drain.

I'm wondering how I can make a soap which will be soft enough to put in a tub or pump for easy use.
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« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2012, 03:00:20 PM »


I'm wondering how I can make a soap which will be soft enough to put in a tub or pump for easy use. 

Tammy, sounds like you need to look at liquid soap.  I don't make it so I know very little about it, but I do know you use potassium hydroxide instead of sodium hydroxide.

You could probably do a web search for some recipes and instructions.  Maybe start with the Brambleberry Soap Queen stuff - she has a lot of tutorials on different toiletries.

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« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2012, 05:32:02 AM »

Tammy, maybe you could try a cream soap recipe.  That would be better in a tub and could contain pumice and ground coffee.
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« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2012, 09:04:58 AM »

lsg:
Cream soap is exactly what I had in mind!
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« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2012, 09:20:33 AM »

Hi Tammy, I'm a newbie to the forum, but would like to share my recipe for mechanics/gardeners or anyone who works hard with their hands!

I use Sweet Orange EO - to cut through grease, Tea Tree EO - to kill any bacteria in cuts and Lavender EO to soothe & heal (it has analgesic qualities).  I also use ground pumice to get into the nooks & crannies, ground nettles as it is an astringent - also to help with grease, poppy seeds and French green clay to draw out impurities.  It may sound a little complicated but it makes a lovely soap.  I also use similar additives to combine with cream soap base, which I whip and put in a container.  Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2012, 05:20:53 PM »

I too am interested in a good mechanic's soap. I work in a fabricating shop running a break press and sometimes my hands get real nasty too. I just started making liquid soap for laundry and such and may try to add something like the pumice to it to help with cutting through the grime. I do have one question though: where is the best info on cream soap? I have read a few discussions on it here and still don't really know anything about it. 
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