Liquid Soap Making


There are several reasons why liquid soap should be used in the house.

Basic hygiene with soap

Today, hygiene is important to us all. In a world of constant exchanges it is important to wash our hands frequently to keep germs away. As a public health policy, the use of soap has for long been part of basic primary school education.

The uses of liquid soap

Most parents are worried about hygiene at home and encourage the family to wash their hands after all trips to the bathroom. Providing liquid soap seems the best means to achieve this goal. Compared to bar soap, liquid soap dispensers equipped with a pump are very convenient and safe as your hands don’t come in contact with the soap others are going to use after you. Liquid soap is particularly recommended with young children who have difficulty in holding large bar soaps. Liquid hand soap has a place all through the house: kitchen, washbasin, toilet, etc. Liquid soap is also found as a body wash in the shower, which is very handy with the appropriate dispenser.

The risks with commercially-produced liquid soaps

There are worrying problems linked to the use of commercially-produced liquid soaps. Many of the additives manufacturers put into their soaps are useless, or ineffective, or worse, dangerous. For example, a 2000 study has found that up to 75% of liquid soaps contained some type of antibacterial agent and Triclosan was the most common agent found. For more details about the dangers of Triclosan, please read the article “The Ubiquitous Triclosan” published in 2004.

Make your own homemade liquid soap

So why buy at your supermarket liquid hand soaps and body washes that could potentially hurt you and your loved ones? Make your own homemade liquid soap and be always sure that your family is safe with the natural products your have personally chosen.
It’s fun! It’s easy! It’s safe! It’s healthy!
Give your liquid soap the fragrances, the colors and the features you want, and choose the dispensers you like!
Give it a go! Learning the secrets about liquid soap making is made easy for you through this link to Liquid Soap Making Technique.


How Soap Works


Soap making results from the saponification chemical reaction which occurs when caustic alkali (lye water mixture) – either sodium hydroxide, NaOH (also known as caustic soda) or potassium hydroxide, KOH (also known as potash) – is mixed with animal or vegetable oils or fats. From the reaction between these soap ingredients a new matter is created, SOAP, in which there is no more alkali or oil, but which is made of carboxylate salts (R-CO2-Na), water and glycerin. Glycerin is a by-product of saponification that can be taken away. However it is recommended to keep it in the soap mixture as it brings its moisturising property to soap. To find out the details on how to make soap, follow this link to Soap Making Technique.

Soap is a surface-active product. Carboxylate salts molecules are amphiphilic: they are made of a long chain of atoms, one end of which, negatively polarised, is hydrophilic – attracted by water – while the other end is lipophilic – attracted by fats.

Here is the miracle of soap: the lipophilic end of soap molecule catches fats and pull them from their support, thus cleaning the skin (or any other object to be washed), while the other end is attracted to water. As a result fats caught by the soap molecules are taken away by the rinsing water.

During washing, soap removes fat constituting the hydrolipidic film that covers the skin, protects it and retains its water. Fat is taken away by water along with the dirt contained in it. Therefore washing dries your skin until the hydrolipidic film is restored after several hours. The removal of the protective film by a stripper washing such as the one of commercially produced soaps weakens skin, which, without it protection, is highly exposed to external factors.

A superfatted soap is a soap enriched in fats, such as vegetable oils. The presence of these oils limits the drying up of your skin due to the removal of the natural hydrolipidic film.