Learning How To Deal With Curdled Soap With The Cold Process Method

Curdled soap is an issue that occasionally pops up when making soap with the cold process method. “Help – somebody came in during the cooling process and turned my beautiful homemade soap into cottage cheese!” Oh, the agony of dealing with curdled soap. Many amateur soap makers will encounter this curdling problem, especially in their early efforts at this craft. Curdling can occur when you are cooling basic soap or when you are re-melting basic soap to make hand milled soap. Curdling usually results from cooling your soap too quickly. It can also be caused by poorly measured ingredients, or by putting too many additives or dyes containing sodium into hand-milled soaps. You can try to fix basic soap by following instructions for resolving separation anxiety. If it has cooled too fast this should work, but if your ingredients are measured incorrectly, you are probably out of luck for this batch. If you have too much sodium in hand milled soap, you may be able to fix it by adding more basic soap mixture to dilute the hand-milled soap. However, by doing this you risk losing yet another batch of basic soap, because the hand milled soap may curdle again despite your best efforts. So, use the right ratio of ingredients and take your time with the cooling process. Go to soap making tips for additional information and more soap making tips.
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