When I get soda ash, I just rinse the top of the soap while it is still in the mold and then let it dry before I unmold it. I also steam it off.
A good water discount will eliminate soda ash, but not to be attempted until you have more batches under your belt.
Hi everyone! I haven't posted in years. Something popped up in my email and I decided to come back and log in. I'm still making soap, I now have three kids, and we live in Georgia.
Hoping to get acquainted with some old faces, and new ones!
Here are some of my latest creations. The last...
I think I would just pass it up and stick with using the Chromiums that have tested stable for soap making. I suspect that the colors we use are maybe mixed with an additive that allows them to blend easily in any liquid.
I would in the phone book for chemical suppliers. Call around and see if they sell lye, they may call it caustic soda. A lot of plumbing equipment companies will carry it too. I buy my lye from a company a few miles from me at $35 per 50lbs.
Using glass is very dangerous, and you should always pour the lye into the liquid, no matter the size of the lye flakes. Your glass container experienced thermal shock, which caused it to shatter. I am really glad you were not hurt! That must have been scary!
Pyrex is also very breakable...