Safety Precautions: Please read before you attempt to make soap.

You may get a little frightened by these precautions, but there a thousands that safely make soap each and everyday. Once you are past the warnings then itís time to make soap.

The most dangerous part of soap making comes from the lye. You cannot make soap without lye. No lye, no soap. Lye is Sodium or Potassium Hydroxide, which is a caustic material, which can burn if it comes in contact with the skin.

Lye should be kept tightly capped.

If the lye absorbs water it will become weakened and will form a solid lump. It should not be used at this point.

Contact with metals such as aluminum, magnesium, tin, and zinc cause formation of flammable hydrogen gas, do not use these metals. Sodium hydroxide, even in fairly dilute solution, reacts readily with various sugars to produce carbon monoxide. Safe containers for lye are: glass, stainless steel, plastic, and heatproof stoneware.

Lye label

Lye can remove paint. If lye or lye/water comes in contacted with painted surface, wipe up immediately using old rags.

Keep lye, Fragrance oils, and Essential oils in a locked cabinet, away from children.

Always wear protective gear: Gloves, goggles and proper clothing.

Keep children, pets and feeble-minded people out of your soap making area. They should not have contact with your soap making supplies.


Whether you should use any of the recipes or tips I leave to your common sense and good judgment. Especially for subjects involving potentially dangerous substances (electricity, natural gas, toxic cleaners, lye, etc.), before acting on a suggestion you should verify its feasibility and review necessary precautions with an expert. Whether or not you recognize any potentially unsafe element in a recipe you read here, I, Cynthia Williams expressly disclaim any legal responsibility for any injury to a person or property caused by anyone's use of the recipes or tips.

When you use these recipes or act on any of the tips on this web site you assume any risk involved. There are no implied or other under-takings given in this material. References to 'medicated', or the nature of any soap's effect on human beings is entirely conditional upon each individual's allergies and other health considerations.


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