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Soap Making Safety
Soap making involves the use of some potentially dangerous ingredients
For this reason, it is important to follow safety precautions when making your soap. That way you ensure that your procedures are safe and fun! Soap making can be easy and enjoyable if you follow some simple rules.
Always use the purest caustic soda (sodium hydroxide) that you have access to. Do not use drain cleaner. While many drain cleaners do contain sodium hydroxide, it also has other ingredients not suitable for soap making.
Caustic soda increases in temperature rapidly when added to water. Be careful that you do not burn yourself.
Caustic soda makes a strong alkaline solution and will burn when it comes in contact with your skin or eyes. You must be very careful not to spill any on you at any time during the soap making process. If you do get any on your skin or eyes, you must immediately rinse it off the area with cold running water.
Always put on your safety glasses or goggles and your rubber gloves before handling caustic soda. It is also recommended that you wear a long sleeved shirt, long pants/skirt and closed in shoes to ensure you do not spill any of the caustic soda mixture on your skin.
Always add the caustic soda to the water and not the water to the caustic soda. Even after you have mixed the caustic soda solution in with your oils and have a soap, this soap mixture can still burn you, as the saponification process is not complete until the soap has fully cured.