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  • Soapmaking Ingredients - Small Notebook
    bars The total cost of ingredients per ounce of soap was only 15 cents This is for a pure unscented bar This would not include the cost for any essential oils for fragrance which can be expensive More notes about ingredients I purchased the olive oil and coconut oil locally I purchased the palm oil shea butter and lye from The Soap Dish I did purchase some of the oils in large quantities for a better price but I know I will use them Many people are concerned about using lye but the fact is you have to use it I found that as long as you are careful there is nothing to be fearful about The lye reacts with the oils to create soap This is called saponification If you measure your ingredients properly there will be no lye remaining in your final soap product This brings me to my next point always double check someone s soap recipe to make sure it has the right amount of lye Each oil requires a certain amount of lye per ounce You can calculate it yourself using a saponification table or by using an online lye calculator such as this one

    Original URL path: http://smallnotebook.org/tutorials/beginner-soapmaking/ingredients/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Soapmaking Tools - Small Notebook
    Stainless Steel Pot Stainless steel is recommended for your soapmaking pot The lye will react to an aluminum teflon coated or cast iron pot An enamel covered pot could work well but I would be concerned about the stick blender chipping the enamel Bowls a couple of bowls for measuring and mixing At least one needs to be stainless steel or pyrex so it can withstand high heat Use stainless steel glass or plastic for your bowls and spoons Do not use any made of aluminum or wood Spoons for measuring and stirring I use my stainless silverware spoons Do not use wooden spoons Thermometer a candy or cooking thermometer Soap Mold a wood or plastic box Your soap mold can be any container I used a wooden plant box from Ikea Some people have even used milk cartons or pringle cans Freezer Paper to line the soap mold so the soap won t stick Cardboard Box large enough to cover the soap mold Knife Use a kitchen knife with a large blade Glasses Gloves for safety when handling lye I wore an old pair of glasses Rubber gloves will protect your hands from becoming irritated by the lye This

    Original URL path: http://smallnotebook.org/tutorials/beginner-soapmaking/tools/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Soapmaking Finish - Small Notebook
    will remain insulated 18 An hour after it was poured the soap is starting to harden 19 I keep the soap in the cardboard box overnight 20 The next morning the soap is hard and opaque It s ready to cut but I don t have time so I ll do it the next day 21 When it s ready to be cut lift the soap out of the mold and peel off the freezer paper Use a knife to score the soap where you plan to cut it 22 The knife smoothly cuts the soap into bars Some people will then use a potato peeler to bevel the edges but I don t mind the natural cut edges of the soap 23 Line the bars of soap in rows in the cardboard box so they can dry and age The box keeps the soap away from drafts but it shouldn t be air tight 24 The soap feels nice and smooth but it needs to age for at least 4 weeks before it can be used 25 Four weeks later I was very excited to try my soap It turned out great It has a nice silky texture It

    Original URL path: http://smallnotebook.org/tutorials/beginner-soapmaking/finish/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Blog - Small Notebook
    size and scope to our apartment One is listed at 239 900 and the other is 249 900 We think they will be lucky to get 200 000 from a buyer so I will use 200 000 in my example Monthly costs to buy similar townhome Terms are a selling price of 200 000 with a 30 year fixed mortgage at 6 interest and a 20 down payment to avoid paying PMI Mortgage 959 HOA dues includes some utilities and yard service 240 Property insurance 40 Average utilities 100 Property taxes 2 5 417 Minus the tax rebate for interest and property taxes above the standard deduction average from first year assuming 25 income tax rate and a standard deduction of 10 700 for married filing jointly 80 Total monthly cost to buy 1676 Monthly savings by renting 721 Annual savings for the first year 8 652 This is just a monthly example for the first year and it does not even include the huge expense of fees and commissions when you buy and sell a home It also does not include having to pay for maintenance or repairs Only 164 of the 1676 for the townhome goes to principal each month for the first year A payment of 1592 per month goes to interest taxes and fees and then you get 303 back in taxes A renter on the other hand would get 223 back in taxes just by taking the standard deduction so the tax advantage for owning is really only 80 After the first year it gets complicated with appreciation and inflation rates so I used this online calculator to model it According to the charts after thirty years the townhome appreciates to 461 000 more than double The invested rent savings have grown to over 2

    Original URL path: http://smallnotebook.org/blog/page/193/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Simplify | Small Notebook
    Survival Guide to the Holiday Hustle Bustle Put Down the Label Maker and Write with a Pen TV Off for a Silent Night Simple Living Myth Real Life is Real Simple 1 5 6 7 8 9 11 Advertisements Hi I m Rachel I ll help you simplify your home Share this site Pin it Get new posts delivered to your inbox Subscribe by email For Winter How to Deal

    Original URL path: http://smallnotebook.org/category/simplifying/page/7/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Homekeeping | Small Notebook
    to Prep Your Home for the Weekend Undoing the Mess Who Taught You How to Clean No Time to Clean What to Do Cleaning Products Are you spending more than needed 1 2 3 4 6 Advertisements Hi I m Rachel I ll help you simplify your home Share this site Pin it Get new posts delivered to your inbox Subscribe by email For Winter How to Deal With the

    Original URL path: http://smallnotebook.org/category/homekeeping/page/2/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Organize | Small Notebook
    Peak at August How to Organize Digital Photos the easy way Before the Trip Checklist Managing Daily Responsibilities and Actually Doing Them 1 5 6 7 8 Advertisements Hi I m Rachel I ll help you simplify your home Share this site Pin it Get new posts delivered to your inbox Subscribe by email For Winter How to Deal With the Keepsakes You Shouldn t Save Want to Simplify Start

    Original URL path: http://smallnotebook.org/category/organizing/page/7/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Organize | Small Notebook
    Sometimes Getting Organized is a Big Fat Waste of Time Organizing Recipes Kickin It Old School My Real Life Practical Daily Routine Welcome 2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 Advertisements Hi I m Rachel I ll help you simplify your home Share this site Pin it Get new posts delivered to your inbox Subscribe by email For Winter How to Deal With the Keepsakes You Shouldn t Save

    Original URL path: http://smallnotebook.org/category/organizing/page/4/ (2016-02-10)
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