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Ten Safety Rules When Making Soap

September 24th, 2018 Leave a comment Go to comments

Making soap requires you to use ingredients that need to be respected. Once you understand how to follow some simple safety rules for soap making, you’ll be just fine.

  1. Wear eye protection – get a pair of safety goggles and use them. The smallest amount of lye and even the vapors of the lye solution can cause damage to your eyes. If you feel any discomfort or burning in your eyes at any time, stop immediately and flush them with running water.
  2. Wear a face mask – I strongly urge you to wear a face mask at all times during the soap making process. The fumes from the lye can hurt your lungs as well as your eyes. You can buy these at any hardware store.
  3. Work in a well ventilated area – the more you can have those noxious fumes disperse, the safer you will be.
  4. Wear rubber gloves – lye is a very strong solution and can cause a severe burn if it gets on your unprotected skin. Get a pair that will protect your wrists and forearms from splashes.
  5. Keep a half gallon of white vinegar handy – if you accidentally get lye splashed onto your bare skin, immediately apply vinegar. The acid in it will help to neutralize the alkaline lye. Then rinse with water.
  6. Use care when handling your lye – lye absorbs water from the air, so as soon as you open your container, this process begins and will weaken your lye and even make it clump up. Only open the container to weigh out the amount you need. Then seal it back up right away.
  7. Clean up spills – immediately clean up any spills of lye, lye solution or your fresh made soap. Wash the area with water and detergent, rinse with water and dry.
  8. Access to running water – only make soap where you’ve got some kind of access to running water whether it’s a sink or a hose.
  9. Store all your soap-making equipment in a safe place – keep utensils, container and freshly made soap away from children and pets.
  10. Focus – don’t start a batch of soap if you think you’ll be interrupted or distracted. Always make it at a time when you can dependably know you’ll be able to focus on the task from beginning to end. You’ll need a couple of hours of uninterrupted time.

Remember that you’re using a very strong chemical when you use lye. Never become complacent with following the safety rules.

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