Hopelessly Devoted to Soaping

Hopelessly Devoted to Soaping

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Cheap tools for soapmaking

I'm always on the lookout for great little bargains on tools I can use for soaping.  I enjoy browsing through places like Big Lots, Ace Hardware and even Goodwill/Salvation Army in search of things that can be re-purposed for my needs. Suzannemarie of Western Bee Company has started this new blog about soaping on a budget, which reminds us that inspiration can be found in places you might not think of.

Our local Ace Hardware carries a great line of silicone spatulas in lots of sizes, and you can get them for $1-2 every now and then on sale.  I've been buying my lye there since day one, and the manager now orders me a case at a discounted price.  (It never hurts to ask!)  Goodwill can be a gold mine for Tupperware or other kitchen containers that make great soap molds.  I've also discovered that you can get large condiment cups with snap on lids at Party City.  I use these for small amounts of left over soap batter and sugar scrub. They're also perfect for sample sizes of scrubs, lotions or body butter.   Be prepared to buy about 300 of them but - hey - you'll have enough for forever!

Anyone else have a favorite haunt for soap supply treasure hunting?  

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