Tuesday, February 28, 2012


We are really busy here right now. Several things going at once. 
We are working on new products. You'll see in a blog post tomorrow.  Today I am working on labels for them.
We just got over 200 chicks in last week. Layers and meat birds. Really excited! They are sweet!
Our school year is drawing to a close. For which I am thankful. Gardening will soon be here and we need more time to do it. 
Making lots of soap this week. 15 batches is our minimum goal. We are 1/3 there. Yeah!  New bars coming soon! In March we are bringing back a bar we used to sell. Excited to get it back in here!
Also working on the website. We are trying to get it set up so we have the ability to add product as needed. That should be up here soon! Really liked the look of our last one. Wish we could have left it. But we need it to be functional on our end without asking for help. The look is growing on me. ;)


Tuesday, February 14, 2012


   When making soap you mix your Lye and oils and stir til you get a 'Trace' or 'Trailing'. Here we have a trace. You can see it is thick. You want it as thick as pudding. When you lift the spoon and let the drips fall they should remain on top of the soap mixture. If they do not keep stirring.
   At this point when you are at a trace you can add in your scents (we use essential oils) and herbs or other additives. Then pour into your molds.
    When you get a trace, you have started the chemical reaction called Saponification. After the soap is in the mold for 24 hrs it is ready to remove. (Use gloves, it is still caustic) When 3 days have past it is no longer caustic and can be handled.  It is then best to let it continue to dry for 3 weeks. The dryer the soap the longer it will last.
  We also use a soap dish that drains well.It helps to extend the life of the soap. We enjoy making soap and love to answer questions and inspire you to try it. If you'd rather not, you know where you can buy! ;)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Soap in the garden...

We have had friends hang soap in their fruit trees to deter bugs. The idea sounds like a winner. I have been reading up on it. I am hoping to get several fruit trees at some point. But also would like to use this same idea on other plants.
  I have been reading about making a soap spray to kill bugs. From what I am reading looks like it kills bugs only when they are directly sprayed. And it doesn't cause problems for other creatures. Sounds good.
 One recipe I saw said to dissolve 1 TBS of grated soap in 16 ounces of water.May need to be strained. So wait til cooled, Put in a spray bottle and use as needed.  Easy.
   The spray is good for organic gardens. Use care though, it will kill on contact it says. So watch out not to kill spiders,ladybugs, mantis or other beneficial  bugs. Just spray directly on bad bugs.
   This also should work in your home on ants and such.
  I am ready for garden time. Ready to try this out!


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Soap Talk... What all is it used for?

Been reading online here today about soap.Came across a few funny talks on some forums. Some things made me curious to know if they work and others I knew and believed. Some just sounded funny! Here are a few I read today...

1:best for dirty mouthed kids (funny... and uh no thanks)

2: kills fleas & dander on pets (Hmmm)

3: lather hides human scent for hunters (seems true from our experience)

4:put on hook for catfish bait (really? Guess bottom feeders like something clean once in a while ;)

5:better than bleach on whites and removes stains- wet, rub, wash (mmm we like it for our laundry!)

6:tied in old sock at backs of tree prevents insect invasion (known customers to do this- seems like a winner!)

7:relieves pain and itching from sunburn, mosquitoes or chigger bites & athlete's foot, just lather on and let it dry on skin (yes and this is what we also do for poison ivy)

8:keeps mosquitoes & chiggers away -rub in let dry on skin
(huh, Bugs don't like a mouth full of soap??)

9:poison ivy & poison oak rash -rub in let dry on
(yep yep! AND if you know you will be around it lather up and let it dry ahead of time. If you might sweat then avoid your face with it ) < you may react like my husband in his head shaving video... AHHHH Soap in the eyes!>

10:psoriasis, eczema & acne (YES! We love it!)

11:kills head and body lice (hmmm... Anyone care to be a guinea pig here for me??)

12:Lye Soap is also an effective cure for bad stomach aches, as unlikely as it may seem. take about a 1/4th a teaspoon of lye soap and dissolve it in four cups of warm water. Let the water cool, and after it has cooled consume the four cups of water a cup at a time throughout the day (one in the morning, then noon, etc.)
<Hmmm... She said it worked for her.... again anyone want to volunteer to try it out?>

OK that was fun! Have you found any other natural soap uses?We'd love to hear about them!


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Customer reviews....

Welcome to Simply Cleansing Blog! We are a small family home based business. Our soaps are made from only plant oils, 100% Essential Oils. Our bars weigh 3 to 3.5 oz. We ship all orders the next business day.

Here are some articles that will help you know more about our soap.

Does your soap help with Eczema?
What are the benefits of Tea Tree Soap?
What is Lye?
What is Food Grade Lye?

We look forward to your business! 

Here are a few of our Customers Reviews:
     My husband and I ordered soap a couple of weeks ago from Simply Cleansing and it is wonderful! We love it and the whole family uses it!! We will definitely continue to buy from them and we highly recommend it…even without the fantastic Valentine’s sale.  
     Amanda B.

Their soap is totally fantastic. As a diabetic I continually fighting skin fungal problems. Guess what, since removing commercial products and going with the Tea Tree oil soap from these folks, not one single problem. And oh yeah, it leaves the skin soft and squeeky clean. I even use the bar soap on the scalp and the dandruff has disappeared. Great job Emily. Saving my change up for a custom knife from Patrick btw. Thanks for all that you do.
  Mike in OK

Thank you for your wonderful soaps! They truly are gentle on our family's sensitive skin. :) 

My daughter was unpacking your homemade soaps for me and said "All of these soaps smell so good mom! Mmm, this one smells like the 'experiment' gum we used to have!" Thanks for the yummy soaps, in particular the spearmint :D (and btw, I noticed when I started using the Patchouli that the smell of it made me think of Bottlecaps candy! And it does kinda smell like Coke!)  
I keep meaning to post about how much I love your soaps! I've used the lavender and lemon so far and am in love! I keep the lemon bar in the kitchen and am so impressed with how it cleans up my sloppy eater! Butter seems to be one of the worst smells to get off of his little face without giving him a bath but your soap take the smell away with just one wash and wipe! :) I'm sold. (It also helps his face not break out from some harsher soaps that do get the butter smell off!) Thank you! ♥
Tried the spearmint soap today. Loooved it. I used it on my hair and it was left feeling soft, light and clean. Honestly, I washed twice because it was so great! :D I also love that I didn't get that tight feeling on my face after my shower that I usually have. I'm so looking forward to trying the other scents!
We have been very blessed with customers that enjoy our soaps and keep coming back for more! Thank you all so much! 

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