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Make soap out of horse chestnuts

Conker Soap / Viking Soap


1 – Peel approximately 24 conkers with a sharp knife. Conkers are a kind of horse chestnut and are easily available in the fall from trees or from gourmet nut stores. Discard the brown peels and rinse the white innards gently.

2 – Grate the white conker innards with a cheese grater. You can also dice them, but grating is faster and results in uniform pieces. Press firmly and grate slowly to avoid injury.

3 – Fill a bowl with warm water and drape a piece of cheesecloth over it, pushing the cloth down so it touches the bowl’s bottom while hanging over the sides of the bowl. Pour the grated conkers into the water and let them soak for an hour or two.

4 – Gather the edges of the cheesecloth into a bundle and pull it out of the water. Squeeze the conker pieces to remove excess water and then pack the soft pieces into a rectangular soap mould. Press firmly for best results.

5 – Let the soap dry in a warm, dry space overnight. Turn the soap bars out and try them in the shower or bath.


Peal 20 Conkers per 6 litres of water. Add to water and blend to make a gentle clothes soap.


Keep the water from making bars above for liquid clothes soap.

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