Soap Making Safety

Soap Making Safety

One of the most important parts of making soap is safety…when making soap and using lye (sodium hydroxide) safety is a very important part of the soap making process.  Lye is a caustic soda and can be very dangerous if not used properly so make sure to follow the soap making instructions and understand the use of lye in soap making.

Lye Soap Making

What to do if you get lye on your skin

When making soap it is important to have the right safety gear which would include safety glasses or goggles, gloves, long sleeves and a good apron.  Also, remember when using lye the lye is added to the measured water never the other way around!

Below you will find some great safety gear.  I would recommend purchasing some before making soap – when it comes to your eyes and skin you need to make sure your are safe.

Some people wear cheap safety glasses and regular rubber gloves, but I use chemical resistant googles and gloves, because after all we are dealing with chemicals.

These Safety Googles below are chemical resistant googles, making them my #1 choice for eye safety.

Chemical Resistant Googles

ONV Safety Goggles HD Clear Adjustable Safety Glassed Goggles Chemical Splash Impact Resistant Safety Goggle Anti-Fog Anti-Dust Anti-UV Clear Lens Eyewear for Eye Protection Wide Vision – Clear

Chemical Resistant Gloves

These chemical resistant gloves are long and come in both cotton lined and unlined.  The choice would be yours.  I like the lined myself which is just my preference.

Showa 730 Cotton Flock-Lined Nitrile Chemical Resistant Safety Glove, Large (Pack of 12 Pairs)

Showa 727 Nitrile Unlined Chemical Resistant Safety Glove, Medium (Pack of 12 Pairs)

As well as safety glasses and gloves, make sure to wear a long sleeve shirt and an apron.

You don’t want any open skin because a lye splash can really burn.  To learn more about that read  What to do if you get Lye on your skin? 

Chemical Resistant Apron


Surblue Waterproof Apron Chemical Resistant Work Safe Clothes (Black)

The top three are my choice of safety gear in my soap room, below you will find links to other safety gear.

Have fun making soap and be safe.

Where to buy safety glasses

I buy safety glasses, rubber aprons, and glove on-line thru Amazon.  I find they have a great selection and the prices are very reasonable.  Plus we live in a small town where my supplies are very limited.

Disposable Safety Glasses

Tebery Safety Glasses Eyewear Personal Protective Equipment/PPE for Construction, DIY, Home Projects & Lab Work, ANSI Z87+ Standards, (4-Pack)

Industrial Rubber Apron

I have used these Aprons before and they work very well.

Homsolver Heavy Duty Vinyl Waterproof Apron Durable Ultra Lightweight Extra Long Black – Industrial Grade Material for Ultimate Protection

Be sure to use your safety gear when making soap, and keep your children and pets away when using lye and making soap.

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4 Responses to Soap Making Safety

  1. Suz says:

    Ah, I have always wanted to make soap by myself because if the possibility that I could have to sell it to other people who can buy them from me as well and I can make gains for them for myself too. Really happy to know that there might be some dangers in making soap and how to do iy safely.

  2. Justin says:

    Hello there, thanks for sharing your thought on this really nice article and I have to say I’m pleased to be able to see it. Many people looking at this business of soap making may see it as really small but its not. I really like this article and how you have shared this knowledge. My wife would be glad to see it 

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