The Art Of Soap Making
By James Winston
Soap is a surface active agent used in conjunction with water for washing and cleaning. It often comes in a solid sculptured form, as bars, due to its historic and most usual shape. The use of thick liquid soap has also become common, especially from soap dispensers in public washrooms. Applied to a dirty surface, soapy water efficiently holds particles in suspension so the whole of it can be rinsed off with clean water. In urban areas, artificial detergents have made soap obsolete as a laundry aid.
Many soaps are mixtures of sodium or potassium salts of fatty acids which can be gotten from oils or fats by reacting them with an alkali such as sodium or potassium hydroxide in a process known as the alkaline hydrolysis of a fat or oil to make soap. The fats are made to react with water by the base, sequential in glycerol and an ample soap. Historically, the alkali used was potassium made from the purposeful burning of growth such as scrub, or from wood house moss.
The soap making recipe is a derivative from either oils or fats. Sodium tallowate, a common kind in many soaps, is in fact derived from drained beef fat. Soap can also be made of vegetable oils, such as olive oil. Soap made from such oils, is called castile soap. The use of the word "soap" has become such a natural name that even cleaning compounds for the body that don't have soap in the makings are referred to as soap.
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