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Word of the Day – Sodium Palmate

Sodium Palmate: the salt found in palm oil used as a gentle cleanser and a by-product of the soap making process.

Used as a base ingredient in soap making and cosmetics. Sodium palmate is a core ingredient in many types of soap and is made from palm oil.

It is often combined with sodium cocoate, coconut oil sodium salt and the sodium salt of animal fat, sodium tallow. Together these three are one the major constituents of modern soap base. Base soap is the pure soap that has had no additional ingredients like color and scent added to it yet.

As base soap ingredients the hardest formulas use a mix of all three (sodium palmate, sodium cocoate, sodium tallow) in various combinations

source: www.fourstiks.com, http://en.wikipedia.org

To read more on the changes environmental groups are trying to make to the farming of palm oil, try this site http://www.voxy.co.nz/business/food-and-grocery-council-joins-roundtable-sustainable-palm-oil/5/52642.  There are various debates on the impact of farming palm oil.  There are vastly different views and so many opinions that I can’t tell who’s done the most research. 

I feel it is import for us to informed and know what the impact our product choices have on the planet.  It doesn’t hurt to be educated, some food for thought 🙂

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Word of the Day – Sodium Tallowate

Sodium Tallowate – salt extracted from animal fat and is found in many commercially made soap products. It is inexpensive and plentiful, and has been known to clog pores.

Meaning soaps with this ingredient are not animal friendly and/or have been tested on animals.

Definitely will take this popular soap off my list and another good reason to try make your own. 

source: www.experts123.com

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Weendend Experiment

Every weekend, I’ll be experimenting with a recipe for homemade cleaning materials as we start to phase out the commercial stuff in preparation for our grey water recycling system.

Each weekend, I’ll make and use a recipe which I’ve found on the net, in a book or heard about. I’ll test the recipe to the max with our busy house as the test ground. I’ll give my honest findings and tweaks to the recipes, at the end of the following week, I’ll rate the recipe out of 5 stars.

To kick off the weekend experiment segment, hubby helped me make dishwasher detergent powder last night. I found a few versions of the recipe on the net. Most with the same basic ingredients, I’ve made the no frills recipe. We made a small batch to start off with…

Homemade Dishwasher Powder
100g Bicarb
100g Borax
100g Salt
20g Citric Acid

Directions: 2 Tbsp per load

Combine all ingredients in a bowls with a lid and shake vigorously. The mixture has a “wet” texture to it. I shake it well before spooning into our machine.

A few recipes had essential oils, like tea tree, lemon and orange. I skipped this as I wanted to see if it made an difference.

The results:
The first load had a few oil dishes from fried chips. This left a bit of an oily feel to the load, but on a whole, the dishes were clean and glasses were shiny.

The next load I did I add a squeeze of fresh lemon to the powder before I closed the machine. I also add vinegar to the raise aid compartment. It helped and there was no smell of lemon or vinegar on the dishes.

The next batch I make I will try some lemon essential oil. For the time been, I’ll see how long the small batch lasts and how clean the dishes are.

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