Kitchen Garden Recipes: soap from scraps

Stephanie Hafferty
Thursday, 29th July 2021

No dig gardener, Stephanie Hafferty, shares her recipe for turning soap scraps and garden herbs into a new bar of soap.

We keep a dish in the airing cupboard for odds and ends of soap scraps, ready to be melted into new bars.

Saved slivers of soap
1 tbsp oatmeal per cup of soap (if you don’t have oatmeal, grind some oats in a food processor) or 1 tbsp coffee grounds
1 tsp ground dried herbs per cup of soap (e.g. mint, lemon verbena, rosemary)
Dried flower petals to decorate
Water (infused with herbs if you wish, and strained)
A glass bowl and pan, or a double boiler (a bain marie)
Soap moulds – use items from around the house: e.g. muffin tins, small food tins

Grate or finely chop the soap. 

Measure the grated soap into the glass bowl. For each cup of flakes, add ¼ cup water. 

Place over a pan of simmering water to melt, stirring continually. You may need to add more water to help it all melt. The amount of water needed depends on the type of soaps you are melting, so add the extra water a little at a time until it is thick and creamy. 

Any small lumps that are refusing to melt do not matter, they just add to the charm of a homemade soap.

Once the soap is melted, remove from the heat and stir in the oatmeal and dried herbs.

Stir to thoroughly combine and pour into your moulds. 

Gently press on dried flowers, petals and herbs if you wish.

Leave to dry for 24 hours before removing from the moulds.

Creative%20Kitchen-cover.jpgRecipe taken from Stephanie's book, The Creative Kitchen: Seasonal Plant Based Recipes for Meals, Drinks, Garden and Self CareA guide to cooking seasonal, plant-based meals, as well as drinks, soaps, balms, and store cupboard ingredients like vinegars and essences.

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