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Safe Soaping!



Just a few reminders on how to make soap safely.



As you know, lye is a very dangerous chemical, so it is important to remember a few things when working with lye in order to stay safe.



1) Always wear protective eyewear
2) Always wear long sleeves and long pants
3) Always wear gloves
4) Always add lye to water and never the other way around.
5) Always run your recipe through a lye calculator, such as the one at Herbal Soaps By RJ orMMS
6) Always make sure to measure your ingredients carefully and accurately. Remember that you are using the weight, and not the volume.
7) Test your soap yourself before giving it to other people. You can do this by applying a pH strip to the soap or a more cost-effective method would be to touch your tongue to the soap. If it tingles, you canít use it for washing your body. Give it another few days and try again. If it still tingles, use it for laundry soap, and not for your body. Generally speaking, soap is soap after the first 24 hours, but some recipes (high olive oil content) may take longer to cure the lye out.
8) When washing your soap pot and utensils, put those gloves back on. The soap that is still in the pot my not have saponofied all the way and may be lye heavy. Better safe than sorry!
9) If doing HP or CPHP soap, do not fill your pot or crock-pot more than half way in order to try to aviod a volcano.




Remember, we are trying to make a safe and better product, one that is more gentle than the store bought. For this reason, it is very important that you soap safely.


Happy Soaping!



Just a few reminders on how to make soap safely.



As you know, lye is a very dangerous chemical, so it is important to remember a few things when working with lye in order to stay safe.



1) Always wear protective eyewear
2) Always wear long sleeves and long pants
3) Always wear gloves
4) Always add lye to water and never the other way around.
5) Always run your recipe through a lye calculator, such as the one at Herbal Soaps By RJ orMMS
6) Always make sure to measure your ingredients carefully and accurately. Remember that you are using the weight, and not the volume.
7) Test your soap yourself before giving it to other people. You can do this by applying a pH strip to the soap or a more cost-effective method would be to touch your tongue to the soap. If it tingles, you canít use it for washing your body. Give it another few days and try again. If it still tingles, use it for

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