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Is there such a thing...for maybe liquid soap?

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PS I mean recipes for me to make my OWN natural liquid soap without lye...


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Lye saponifies when it's turned into soap, and it isn't a hazard at all at that point. Natural soaps have lye, commercial detergent soaps do not.

So you basically have a choice between Lye-based soaps or hand liquid soaps or you have something coco-betaine, SLS, SLES, or some other detergent based soap. You can opt for something sanitizing like alcohol, but that dries out your skin even more than lye soap does.
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Thank you, Spastica! I am asking about recipes to make my own without lye...cuz it freaks me out...forgot to say that!
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What will you be using the soap for? There may be non-soap alternatives.
Could you use soap nuts?
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What will you be using the soap for? There may be non-soap alternatives.
Could you use soap nuts?
I just want a general soap for taking showers..and cleaning...like Dr. Bronner's...but want to stop buying things that get shipped on trucks if I can help it, KWIM?
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bump!

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i swore there were liquid soaps that needed no lye!
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I thought liquid soaps were made w/ potassium hydroxide, not lye? Still caustic, anyhow...
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According to the soapmaking books I've read, without lye there is no soap because soap is saponified oils/fats, and lye is what causes them to saponify. Bars of soap are left to cure for 3 weeks (or more) because after that time, the lye is totally deactivated or evaporated or whatever. It's gone, leaving only the saponified (or soap-ified, if you will) oils. Sign up for a soap-making class in your area or contact a fellow soapmaker. I think you'll feel a lot better if you go through the process with a teacher the first time.

Or just buy ready-made liquid soap like Dr. Bronner's.
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According to the soapmaking books I've read, without lye there is no soap because soap is saponified oils/fats, and lye is what causes them to saponify. Bars of soap are left to cure for 3 weeks (or more) because after that time, the lye is totally deactivated or evaporated or whatever. It's gone, leaving only the saponified (or soap-ified, if you will) oils. Sign up for a soap-making class in your area or contact a fellow soapmaker. I think you'll feel a lot better if you go through the process with a teacher the first time.

Or just buy ready-made liquid soap like Dr. Bronner's.
Thanks guys!

I want to marry Dr Bronner soap. I use it all the time and it is all I will buy now...but I want to eliminate things I buy that are shipped or freighted... so I wanted to make my own. I just am scared of having lye around the kids and dh is NOT good at keeping them occupied.
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