Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Recycle old cooking oil

So cooking oil is something that is very hard to dispose of. You can't really throw it down the drain or it will clog your pipes and make a big mess. Can't throw it outside as it's not good for lawns and plants. So what CAN you do with it? Well how about some soap! Here is a great soap recipe I came upon while reading one of those Brazilian magazines for women that my mother owns.

Soap Recipe

- 5 liters of used cooking oil (make sure to remove impurities)
- 2 liters of water
- 200 ml of softener
- 1 kilo of lye

Put lye carefully in a large plastic container, and slowly pour the boiling water over it. Mix it slowly until all of the lye has been diluted. Add the cooking oil, and mix again. Finally, add the softener and mix once again. Once you are done, pour the mixture in soap molds and let dry.

BE CAREFUL when handling lye. Make sure to always wear gloves and keep lye and soap mix out of reach from children and pets!

I translated this recipe from Portuguese, but I'm pretty sure I've gotten everything right. Now think twice about discarding your old oil!