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I thought liquid soaps were made w/ potassium hydroxide, not lye? Still caustic, anyhow...
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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