Part of avoiding disease is to maintain personal hygiene.
Where shopping may be difficult, making your own soap is an alterantive.
What’s in the recipe for soap?
There are many different soap recipes, but the various ingredients are all basically similar.
The recipe for soap combines fats and oils with a solution that basic in pH. The most commonly used basic solutions for soap making are sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide. Either of these scientific terms can be referred to as lye, though it is much more common in modern times to make soap from sodium hydroxide rather than potassium hydroxide.
Where can I get a good recipe for soap?
There are many exciting homemade soap recipes to try online. These include ingredients that both cleanse and nourish the skin, including olive oil, shea butter, coconut oil and almond oil to name some substances that work as the “fat” component of soap.
You can add pulverized herbs such as lavender and rosemary to your homemade soap recipes. Homemade soaps can be scented with essential oils for their aromatherapy benefits and healing, antioxidant properties.
Why is soap made from fat?
Fat acts as an attractant for impurities, dirt and toxins, drawing these out so that you are able to scrub and wash them away with water.
The hardness of your homemade soap has to do with the type of fat that it’s made from. Polyunsaturated oils such as olive oil make a softer soap that melts more quickly in water, though it does tend to be more nourishing to the skin due to the presence of omega-3 fatty acids.
Harder soaps are made from saturated fat, such as coconut oil.