Making Natural Soap, and Other Soap Myths

Making Soap with Baking Soda Instead of Lye Just Won't Work

Making Natural Soap, and Other Soap Myths
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 4 minutes Do you dream of making natural soap at home? Unless you are willing to collect ashes to make your own lye, chances are that at least some portion of your natural soap will be laboratory created, or at the very least refined. Perhaps you have heard the rumors about making soap with baking soda instead of lye. In the other direction, you might have been told that antibacterial soaps leave you cleaner than handmade soap. Someone told you that soap is drying to the skin, and now you find yourself using a “beauty bar” but still feeling dry after a bath. We will explore these and other soap myths in the following article.   Lye For Soap: There is no substitute for sodium hydroxide, also called lye, in making solid soap. Making soap with baking soda instead of lye sounds too good to be true, and it is. When it comes

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