|Last week, I was helping a customer with some questions she had about soap, when she asked me how she could get rid of the soda ash on her soap. At first, I had to admit that I was stumped. After all, I had experienced soda ash on my soap before. Personally, I feel the soda ash adds character to the initial bar of soap and I have never had the desire to remove it when the soda ash will wash off the first time the soap is used. However, this is my opinion and not everyone will agree with me.
After I finished talking to the customer, I tracked down the technical support team and asked for more information about soda ash. Let’s start with the basics, what is soda ash? Soda ash is sodium carbonate that has formed when Sodium Hydroxide in the soap has had contact with Carbon Dioxide in the air.
How do I prevent soda ash from forming on my soap? Simply cover the surface of your soap with plastic wrap after pouring the soap into the mold. We prefer Saran Wrap to other plastic wraps since it doesn’t seem to stick to itself as much. Allow your soap to sit for the normal amount of time before you cut your soap. Peel the plastic wrap off your soap and cut. You shouldn’t have soda ash on the top of your soap now. Wasn’t that amazing?
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