All About Soap Making
Laura Lee - June 30, 2022

Soap is one of the essential items required for proper hygiene. Many people get it from superstores but did you know that you could make your own favorite soaps by adding in your desired scents and favorite essential oils. If you wanted to search for your creative side this summer, you landed at the right place. This article will not only give the recipe to make your soaps but will also give you tips and tricks to ensure that your experiment goes foolproof.

 

Soap Base. Homemade Soap

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Soap making is not only a fun activity with your friends and family but also can help you to save money as homemade soaps are much cheaper. Soap constituents of fat and alkali. People prefer fats that are extracted from plants, however, cheaper forms of fats include fats excluded from animals. The alkali is also known as lye which is a sodium hydroxide compound. However, if you want a liquid soap you will have to use potassium instead of sodium. The process of making soap is known as saponification. This process includes the heating of the chemical compound with the lye.

 

Furthermore, there have been significant concerns raised against lye which is known to cause irritation on the skin however, note that after heating lye doesn’t remain in its original form. The chemical composition is changed to another form which is not irritating at all. There are two types of soap-forming processes. Hot and Cold Process. Hot processes require external heat. They are much quicker as the soaps are ready in a day. However, cooler soaps use the internal heat to form. They take around 4-6 weeks to solidify. Furthermore, it is essential that while making soaps you work in a ventilated space. Also, ensure that you do not touch any of the components with your bare hands.

 

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