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How is soap made, anyway?

Melissa Robinson

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How is soap made, anyway?

It's kind of funny, soap.  All it is, is the combination of Sodium Hydroxide (Lye) and Fat.  Very simply put, when Lye comes in contact with fats, it instantly starts a chemical reaction known as saponification.  After a few hours, the process is complete and what you're left with is soap!  Isn't lye highly dangerous?  YES!  In it's initial state, Sodium Hydroxide is a highly caustic metallic base and alkali of sodium.  It's used as a drain cleaner and in the manufacturing of several chemicals.  In fact, I think I read somewhere it's a by-product of producing chlorine?  (Don't quote...


So... soap?

Melissa Robinson

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So... soap?

Welcome to my very first blog entry here at Dreamy Suds!  I thought it might be helpful for those interested in a little behind the scenes action of soaping over here in the Land of Suds. So.... soap?  Why the heck did I start making soap and why am I such a freak over it?  Soap was a complete serendipitous endeavor for me.  A Facebook friend of mine, and someone I went to school with, shared a deeply personal battle with breast cancer very openly and candidly.  In doing so, she opened my eyes a little more into the dark...