Rain & Snow, & Soap To Go

I was looking outside at the snow the other day–yes, we still have snow, and I wondered if anyone had ever made soap using it.

I thought snow soap sounded like an intriguing idea, and even a great marketing concept, but then wondered about how one would filter the snow and “clean” it.  Would it have to be distilled?

My next thought was rain.  Catch rain in a clean receptacle and make soap.  The challenges would remain the same as for snow, but what a marketing angle!  Imagine snow soap from Alaska or a rain soap from Washington.  I think the public would take a second look at a product of that nature.

That brings me to my question.  Have you ever made soap from snow or rain?  How did you clean it? Did  you distill it?  What other unusual or downright zany soapmaking ideas have you used?  You can even tell us about the ones you’ve thought of, but didn’t try!


6 Responses to “Rain & Snow, & Soap To Go”
  1. Colette Souder says:

    I always made soap from rainwater years ago when i first started. I did nothing to clean it. It was better than regular water.

    Colette Souder
    Rainwater Farm

  2. Dawn Jones says:

    I have not personally used snow or rain. I have set my soap pot at the back door on a cold day so it would go to trace faster. Last year I went to a farm and art market in Hutchinson, Kansas. There was a soap vendor there that was selling soap made with rain water. I do not know their name.

    Dawn Jones

  3. Michael says:

    Check out Kona Soap company in Hawaii. they use filtered rain water in there product all the time. its one of there selling points.

    I use the water from the dehumidifier in the soap drying room, its a clean water source.


  4. SavonTalk says:

    Thank you for your responses, Colette, Dawn, and Michael. I knew somebody must be doing this, but the issue of cleaning it was what made me wonder. I can see why companies use rainwater as a selling point. It sounds pure and natural! I’ll be there’s someone out there who makes soap with snow, too.

    The dehumidifier, Michael. Now, that’s clever.

  5. Jan says:

    Since we’ve had an abundance of rain here this year, I’ve collected a barrel of rainwater to test its use in soap making. I caught the rainwater in large plastic pots and then filtered the water into the main barrel using six layers of cheese cloth. The main barrel is dark, heavy duty plastic and is sealed to prevent light from penetrating (which can cause the water to turn green) and to discourage bugs and such. To use, I bring about two gallons of rain water to boil in a large pot, cover and let it cool down. I then store that water in gallon jugs which have been rinsed with a very, very mild bleach solution and allowed to air dry. So far, the soap I’ve made has turned out just fine. In fact, I’ve just purchased two actual rain barrels to catch water during next year’s storms.

  6. SavonTalk says:

    That’s exciting, Jan! What a great idea.

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