Traditional Method OF Lye Water Preparation


The earliest scientists in the art of soap making were not well acquinted with distilled water and synthetic alkali, but they were known to use soft water which is equivalent to distilled water. This soft water is obtained from rainfall and spring. And the only source of alkali is to burn hardwoods (hardwoods such as Beech, Cider wood and Hickory) to ash. The ash is then parked and put in a waterproof wooden barrel with many holes at the bottom. The barrel will be placed on a stand where container can be used to collect the lye water when the process of lye preparation is started. This process is called potassium leach. Then water will be poured on the surface of the wooden barrel, and the lye solution leach through the holes of the barrel to the container that was placed beneath it. In order to prevent the lye solution from contamination by impurities, they normally used to put gravels and grasses between the ash and the holes of the wooden barrel, this helps to collect lye solution clearly without much impurities.
The lye solution is concentrated by boiling the solution, and density or strength of the solution is determined using Egg floating method. The soap that is made from this lye solution is of high quality and super natural, because all the ingredients used in the manufacture of this soap were obtained or sourced from plants. It is not suprising that our fore-fathers leaved peacefully without much diseases such as cancers, because everything they used is 100% natural, no synthetic products.
Sometimes, they just produce the soap by simple combination of the ingredients. The ash, water, oils or fats and salt are put inside a pot, the pot will be placed on fire, and will be allowed until everything melted and combined with one another. The process is simple, but the soap produced in this way has low quality and does not foam like the soap produced through potassium leach. It also doesn’t remove dirt so easily.




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