We are all aware of those wonderfully delicious foods that leave a less than desirable scent on our hands after preparation. Red onions, tuna, scallions, tilapia, chives, all are staples in my kitchen—Oy vey! Knowing I am not the only cook that loves unfortunately sulfuric foods, this odor-neutralizing kitchen soap is a fantastic gift for my like-minded friends and family. The recipe on Heart~Hands~Home blog started my interest, however I went the easier route to avoid using Lye and a crockpot.
Coffee Kitchen Soap
Makes approximately 10 bars of soap.
• 10 oz unscented melting soap base (I used Opaque)
• 1/3 cup coffee grounds*
*You can save up already-brewed coffee grounds, just save and dry 1 Cup.
• 9 aluminum soda cans (rinsed and dried)**
• A cookie sheet
• Needle-nose pliers
• Thick gloves (not just your cleaning variety, think gardening)
• Sharp-tipped scissors
• One medium sauce pot, preferably non-stick
• A butter knife
• Tissue paper
**These will create the shape of your soap; I thought it would be interesting to re-use something I would normally dispose of. However, you can find soap molds in lots of different shapes—be creative!
Place your pot over medium heat on the stove. The soap base I used was portioned by 2-ounce-cubes. Add 10 ounces into the pot, and let it melt slowly, stirring occasionally with your butter knife. While you wait, bring out the soda cans, and put on the gardening gloves. Utilizing the sharp tip of your scissors, cut into each can about an inch and a half from the bottom, cut all the way around, and discard the tops. Place the bottoms on the cookie sheet, for easy transport (I work in a small kitchen, so I’m constantly moving my projects).
Once the soap base is completely melted, measure 1/3 cup coffee grounds, and stir them in. Allow the coffee grounds to brew in the soap base for 10 minutes; the mixture will become significantly darker. Next, pour the coffee soap liquid into the soda-can bottoms, until each reaches anywhere between ½ and 1 inch high in the mold. Set aside to dry for at least one hour.
For the final steps, please use the gardening gloves again. Using pliers, peel the can away from each bar of soap, taking care not to scratch the soap—although, that’s nothing a little water can’t fix—as well as taking great care to not cut yourself.
I was particularly excited about the shape that the soda cans created—so pretty to wrap with tissue paper! Place each piece of soap on a sheet of tissue paper, eyeball measure a circle about 2 inches beyond the edge of the soap, and cut it out. To fold tissue around the soap, start folding a small portion at a time, into the middle of the circle, all the way around the soap. When the paper is all bunched up in the middle, pinch together and give a little twist (in the same direction you were working), just to tighten slightly. The 1¾ inch scalloped label is perfect for this mold, place it directly on top of the twist, and press firmly. For a bit more earthy flare, I lined my gift boxes with Spanish moss, topped with a delicate bow, and gift tag in the style of Treasury.
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