Friday, April 25, 2014

Preventing Soda Ash

Soda Ash is a harmless white powder that can form on top of cold process soap.  It's completely harmless, but just not very pretty.  The cause is believed to have something to do with soaping too hot or too cold and also from improper insulation.  I don't insulate so I suppose that would be considered very improper! 
 I believe the soap heats up for the gel phase (quickly if you're using milk - which I do!) and then the surface cools down too rapidly causing the ash if the top isn't covered to prevent air from
getting to it. 
This is a short video sharing my trick for preventing soda ash on the surface of my soap.
It may me very helpful for those who like me, don't like to insulate.


  1. That's a great tip Kia, thank you!

  2. Thanks for the tips, Kia! I can often steam ash away if I get it, but it's better to prevent it in the first place. I've had good luck with plastic wrap. I've heard about using 91% rubbing alcohol, too, but haven't tried it yet. I should, though, because it seems like such a simple step to take to avoid ash. Rubbing alcohol and plastic together seem to work great!

  3. Thanks for sharing! I am going to try this for my next soap since I struggle so much with ash as well



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