Soap Making Safety
There are plenty of people who enjoy the hobby of soap making every single day, however without knowledge of soap making safety, this relatively harmless hobby can become quite hazardous to your health. Every single hobby has the potential to be one of the best ways to spend your time, however if you are not careful about the aspects that need your attention, not only do you end up wasting a lot of time, you can even get hurt doing something that you are supposed to enjoy. If anything, not adhering to soap making safety will ensure that you don't enjoy this hobby like you can.
So here are some things that you need to do to ensure that your wonderful little hobby is covered with the safe blanket of soap making safety:
a. The first and most important thing to think and be careful about is using the lye. The lye is a chemical substance that gives your soap that ability to clean up things. Lye is used regularly in the soap making process and letting it touch your skin is the worst thing you can do. Lye is extremely caustic and can lead to skin-burns. You need to keep your skin away from contact with the lye whether you are using the cold process or hot process soap making process
b. Oils are one of the most crucial parts of soap making in terms of adding smells and colours. However, some of these oils can be rather toxic, especially if you are not using natural oils and sticking to the synthetic versions. While they may not have the same kind of effect that the lye might, but they can still have some serious effects on your breathing and skin with contact over a longer period of time
c. Protective clothing always goes a long way in any hobby and while you might not need anything specific, it never hurts to have some rubber gloves and goggles to keep you in the good. They are also great when you are handling lye or simply working with the materials in hot or cold state. Thick outer wear also helps you handle spills carefully, without having hot or caustic material go through onto your skin and causing you harm. A little money spent in this direction always goes a long way
d. The equipment you use in soap making can be found around the house. For example, a simply pot can be used to heat the oils or mix the lye and oils together. What you need to ensure, in this case, is that the pots, pans and utensils you use to mix, stir, store or heat any of the ingredients or materials used, when making soap, are not used elsewhere in regular, everyday cooking or around the house. Since these pots and stirrers can be easily mixed up especially after you clean up, marking them clearly and carefully will ensure that you never have to worry about making a mistake when boiling up some pasta in a big steel pot that you had, earlier, heated up your lye in
e. Vinegar is a great companion to have by your side when you are thinking about soap making safety. It is the best counter to spilling lye on you or coming into contact with lye. If any part of your skin comes into contact with lye, you need to douse that part with vinegar to neutralize the effect!
f. Store things away safely and out of the reach of other individuals than those who are actually dealing with the soap making process and are aware of the soap making safety regulations. If someone is not a part of your project, they will not know what they are putting their hands into or moving around, which means that they should not be anywhere near your work or handling what they don't know anything about
g. Finally, you need to eliminate all distractions from around you and clear your work area of anything that you won't need or use during soap making. An integral part of soap making safety lies in your ability to keep your work area uncluttered and clean, thereby ensuring that you are not distracted by things lying or falling around you or simply blocking your way. Keep things simple and keep things clean - that's the whole way to go about it
Most people don't take up soap making at home because they are worried about hazards of the hobby. However, being aware of soap making safety tips ensures that you don't get bogged down by simple problems that are, if you are careful, quite easy to overcome. Just make sure you keep your wits about you as you handle the equipment and materials used in this hobby and be aware of these simple soap making safety tips to stay safe and enjoy every minute you spend making soap.