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    Has anyone tried making soap out of them....and if you have , what did you think of it. ?

  • #2
    Never heard of that one, we do collect them for games with the grandsons though.
    If I'm not on here, I'm probably fishing.

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    • #3
      Burnie , look it up on u-tube....

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Ms-T View Post
        Has anyone tried making soap out of them....and if you have , what did you think of it. ?
        No, but you've given me an idea! Will go looking for horse chestnuts in the local parks tomorrow.
        Location: London

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        • #5
          I can remember tasting one when I was young.
          It was a pretty bitter pill so I spat it out never to try one again.

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          • #6
            I am almost positive conkers ( horse chestnuts ) are poisonous !!!!

            Are you sure you can make soup from them?

            Sweet chestnuts yes...but I'm sure horse chestnuts/conkers are toxic
            "Nicos, Queen of Gooooogle" and... GYO's own Miss Marple

            Location....Normandy France

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            • #7
              Ah...look at this.....

              https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blo...u-eat-conkers/

              quote ...."Can you eat conkers?


              No. Conkers contain a poisonous chemical called aesculin. Eating a conker is unlikely to be fatal, but it may make you ill. They are poisonous to most animals too, including dogs, but some species such as deer and wild boar can eat them. Curiously, conkers are also poisonous to horses despite the tree being named after them.


              "Nicos, Queen of Gooooogle" and... GYO's own Miss Marple

              Location....Normandy France

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Nicos View Post
                I am almost positive conkers ( horse chestnuts ) are poisonous !!!!

                Are you sure you can make soup from them?
                Soap not soup
                Location: London

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                • #9
                  The trees are named after horses because the leaf scars on the twigs look like hoof prints.
                  Last edited by Plot70; 14-09-2020, 10:33 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Soap... Not soup ...do not eat.... Poisonous.....yuk

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                    • #11
                      Hand soap

                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ToF...hereOurHeartIs

                      Conker laundry detergent/soap

                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnx0...heLemonadeFarm



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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by MelanieSW View Post

                        Soap not soup
                        oooops! ..thanks for that

                        "Nicos, Queen of Gooooogle" and... GYO's own Miss Marple

                        Location....Normandy France

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Ms-T View Post
                          Soap... Not soup ...do not eat.... Poisonous.....yuk
                          sorry about that Ms-T....forgive me. Pretty please?

                          Interesting link!

                          "Nicos, Queen of Gooooogle" and... GYO's own Miss Marple

                          Location....Normandy France

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                          • #14
                            I've come across a website in Spain that recommends boiling them briefly so you can peel them, then grinding them to what looks like ground almond texture, and then simply using the powder:

                            For washing hands, just the powder
                            For laundry, put two conkers' worth of powder in a sock and then bung that in the machine (doesn't work for very dirty clothes, apparently)
                            For washing up, mix five conkers' worth of powder with a litre of water, boil for two minutes and then filter. Needs a generous dose of the filtered water.
                            Shampoo, 200 ml of the washing-up mixture above.

                            Apparently it doesn't always smell very nice so a drop or two of essential oil is recommended. Watch out, I guess, if you're going to use it for shampoo that you don't get any in your eyes if it's got certain essential oils in.

                            Might be worth an experiment... Maybe...
                            Living in north-east Spain, where the sun is too hot, the rain too torrential, the hail too big, the wind too windy and the snow too deep.

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                            • #15
                              Thanks Snoop,... i don't think i would try the shampoo....but just a bit of fun as the conkers are about now....just making some to spry on my beans , to get the black fly and the ants.

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