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Containers & Tools -
Soap making uses ingredients that can negatively react with certain materials, and it is important to select safe containers and tools. First, select a container suitable for mixing lye and water. Most soap makers use plastic containers made from polypropylene plastic (PP) or stainless steel metal bowls. Some metals, such as aluminum, react with lye and create toxic fumes, so make sure the bowl is 100% stainless steel. Be cautious of using glass containers. Over time, lye will etch into glass, and one-day cause the bowl to shatter. (Not what you want if you have raw soap in it!) Second, select small containers for essential oils and fragrance oils. Use glass beakers or polypropylene beakers for these oils. Fragrances will eat through some materials such as plastic disposable cups leaving a puddle on your work surface, or worse ruin your countertop.
Finally, select tools for measuring, mixing and molding including a scale, thermometer, stick blender, mixing tools and a mold. The scale will accurately measure ingredients and ensure that the proper ratio of oils and lye are used. We recommend a scale that plugs into the wall (low batteries can cause scales to measure inaccurately). Mixing tools must be constructed of silicone, plastic or stainless steel. Silicone, wood and plastic molds are most commonly used for molding.
Quick Checklist:
• 2-3 Qt. Heat Resistant Plastic Pitcher - Labeled “Danger Lye”
• Glass or Polypropylene Beaker • Accurate Scale
• Accurate Thermometer
• Stick Blender
• Stainless Steel or Plastic Mixing Spoon • Rubber Spatulas
• Plastic, Wood, Silicone Soap Mold
• Paper Towels
• NO ALUMINUM OR GLASS
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