Soap, candles, and toiletries from deer fat

Here’s a hack with more of a survivalist flair to it. [Ligament] and some friends used the fat from butchering a deer to make soap, candles, and toiletries.

It’s hunting season and [Ligament's] dad is processing the deer which he harvested. Wild game doesn’t have the amount of fat you’d find on a domesticated animal, but there is still a fair amount. The group cut off as much as they could before cutting up the rest of the meat. The trimmings are put in a pot with water and boiled until the fat starts to rise. It is ladled off and strained through some cheese cloth. The fat hardens overnight and can be picked up out of the container as a big disk. It is reheated and strained through a mesh coffee filter to achieve the final product. From there the fat was used as an ingredient in the recipes for candles, soap, and things like lip balm. For details on that heck out the comments for each image in the gallery linked above.

It’s a good thing to waste as little as possible. But this skill will be indispensable once the Zombie Apocalypse comes. You might also want to know how to chlorinate your own water.

[via Reddit]


  1. qwerty says:

    “Wild game doesn’t have the amount of fat you’d find on a domesticated animal”

    Kitten soap joke in 3..2..1.. :)

  2. randomdude says:

    didn’t german experiment with making soap from concentration camp inmates?

  3. Simbo says:

    Has a Fight Club-esque ring to it!

  4. Willaim says:

    The real important part about the soap and candles from fat is rendering it with lye which can be made from water filtered/poured through ashes I don’t think the fat source really matters much.
    This is the way lye soap has been made forever? well at least since the pioneer days.

  5. xorpunk says:

    Goat milk and fat is usually used..

    Nice word play on demonizing hunting too. You should see what happens to the eco-balance if nobody hunts deer in north america…

    It helps to learn outside of the suburb and university..

    • Darren says:

      Was it ‘butchering’ the ‘word play’ you’re referring to? I could see using another term, which would be less clear and require more assumptions to interpret… ?

      • Hitek146 says:

        Yea, “butchering” is simply the term used to refer to the harvesting of the valuable and tasty contents. I guess it does seem like a term that could “stir the pot” of some people that view hunting to eat and supply as barbarous…

    • n0lkk says:

      I’m missing the word play demonizing hunting, as well. I Iived my life in a rural are,hunt,but never deer because I have no need for such a large animal The only reason hunting would be needed to maintain an eco-balance is because the activity of humans have created an eco-inbalance.

      • draeath says:

        He’s forgetting that the word ‘butcher’ means exactly what it means, and when you forget that it leaves behind only the negative meanings of the word people ‘assign’ to it.

    • xorpunk says:

      I was merely stating that not deer hunting destroys the eco-balance in parts of North America.

      Seeing as the level of comprehension here is fail though, forget it..

      BTW I’m sure your lives reflect all this supposed superior intellect you’re all trying to insinuate you have over me or others.

      PS: It’s called carbon, you learn about it in the first 4 years of grade school, and has no relevance to deer over-population…

  6. Coda says:

    Can you cite/link the zombie apocalypse? :P

  7. NewCommentor1283 says:

    pure lye plus distilled water = alkaline battery

    PS: it doesnt give you acid burns, it gives you alkaline burns!

    • NewCommentor1283 says:

      pure “hardwood” ash + distilled water = aquaius lye
      aquaius lye + boil off the water = pure lye

      caution! use gloves AND eye protection.
      peoplle DO go blind from lye!

      • Letihoa says:

        ‘Lye’ is actually Sodium hydroxide(NaOH)
        While wood ashes yield a mixture of mainly (caustic) potash which is potassium hydroxide(KOH) with some sodium and other alkali hydroxides in the mix as well.
        It doesn’t matter a whole lot which you use if your only goal is soap or biodiesel as saponification( the reaction that makes soap and glycerol) will occure with just about any of them. KOH does however tend to yield softer even liquid soaps which depending on the goal may or may not be desireable.

  8. truebassb says:

    In a Zombocalypse i wont be losing time in making soap,as this ain’t no better than FAT BIODIESEL!!!!!!!!!

  9. limon93 says:

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