Miller's Homemade Soap Pages:

Easy Recipes Using Liquid Measures

For those who don't have a scale

NEW! May 2002 - Glenn Murray, a soaper who likes working with spreadsheets, added a liquid measures feature to the Chris Mathes Spreadsheet that is available for download on another page of this site. To download the spreadsheet that has been edited by Glenn to include fluid measures...

NEW! Click Here - SoapsheetGM(Glenn Murray).xlt NEW!

In Zip Format: SoapsheetTemplate(Glenn Murray).ZIP

Rachael said to just take her information down and put up his spreadsheet (the numbers are a bit different)... but I'm leaving them both for now and you can compare. Her recipes below are still helpful for those without a scale.

If you can't download the Glenn Murray spreadsheet for some reason... email me and I'll attach it to an email for you. Please tell me what operating system you use (Windows or Mac) so I can send it with the right encoding... and be sure to specify that it's the "GM Spreadsheet".


Date: 11/04 1:07 PM
From: Scott Rothstein

Hi. Just wanted to mention that there shouldn't be a problem downloading the Excel file for the Mac. Just control-click on the link, and there will be a popup window with the option to "Download link to disk." This should transfer the file without any problem. It will likely not have the type/creator codes associated with it, so the file will need to be dropped onto the Excel application icon.

I have a Mac running OS 9, and it worked seamlessly for me.

Contextual menus were introduced with OS 8. With MS Internet Explorer, clicking and holding the button down should also pop up the menu, and, I think, will work on pre-8 systems (i.e., not needing the control key). This trick will work anytime a file doesn't download properly--that is, when you get the screenful of gibberish.

Here's another:

Date: 06/21 9:34 AM
From: JoEllen Nahra
I do not have Excel on my Mac but I was able to open the GM spreadsheet by use of MacLink. I downloaded the zip file and opened it with Stuffit. Then opened that with AppleWorks with MacLink Plus Translator. Worked like a charm. Thanks!


These were generously sent to me by Rachael L. for those of you who want to make soap but have trouble with weighing ingredients or don't have a scale.

-Kathy Miller-

From Rachael L.:

Liquid Conversion Chart

To use the following chart, take the ounce measurement from your recipe for the fat you are using (such as what you'd print out from Majestic Mountain Sage) and divide it by the number provided for that fat below. This will provide you with the number of fluid ounces you will need of that fat, using a liquid measuring cup. With solid fats, it is better to have them in a melted state before measuring them.

For example: If my recipe called for 16 ounces of palm oil, I would divide 16 oz. ÷ .9386 = 17.047 (thank goodness for calculators!). This I would round off to the nearest ounce (or half ounce if using a smaller recipe), which would mean 17 ounces of melted palm oil, measured in a liquid measuring cup. Does that makes sense?

Rachael is still working on some numbers for a few animal fats and they will be added when she gets them.



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sweet almond



Recipes Using Fluid Measurements:

All of these are liquid measurements (measure in your liquid measuring cup, like a pyrex one with a spout), except the ones marked "BW." Those are by weight and come in containers in that weight... just look for them.

Here are a few simple combinations to choose from:


Temperatures for ALL recipes:
Lye water: warm (feel side of container)
Fats at 110 degrees.

If you have coconut:

48 Crisco (or generic soybean cottonseed or canola, usually in 3# cans) BW
16 lard (box in oils aisle, 1# box any brand) BW
20 coconut oil (melt and measure)
4 oz. soybean oil
12 oz. lye BW
21 oz. cold water


Have no coconut yet? Some high olive and some high in castor:

4 oz. castor oil (one 4 oz. bottle from pharmacy or drugstore)
32 oz. lard BW (2 one-pound packages)
34 oz. soybean oil
24 oz. olive oil
12 oz. lye BW
23 oz. cold water
48 oz. Crisco shortening (a 3 pound can) BW
8 oz. castor oil (2 4-oz. bottles)
32 oz. lard (2 one-pound packages) BW
6 oz. soybean oil
12 oz. lye BW
23 oz. cold water


For 14oz. jars of coconut oil (such as Spectrum Oils) in health food stores:

14 oz. jar coconut oil
30 oz. sunflower oil
12 oz.corn oil
32 oz. lard (2 one-pound packages) BW
12 oz. lye (1 can Lewis) BW
22 oz. cold water
14 oz. jar coconut oil
12 oz. olive oil
48 oz. Crisco shortening (a 3 pound can) BW
16 oz. soybean oil
12 oz. lye BW
22 oz. cold water

This page last updated 7 February 2003.
If you still have questions, please read through the information on the Troubleshooting Help page, MOST Frequently Asked Questions and Modern Procedures. More can also be learned through the Botched Batches and Soapy Success pages. Many common problems have already been addressed on the site and it's difficult for me to keep up with emails these days and get anything else done. If your question involves my looking up information that you can also research, or going over numbers and recipe calculations, I might not respond if in the middle of a project around our home and garden. I apologize for this, since I've enjoyed my correspondence with people and don't like to ignore emails of any kind. Thanks! :-)