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How lye and fat keep us clean

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By JENNIFER NEMEC/Courtesty of Grit magazine

“Let me get this straight, you want me to wear gloves and eye protection, and then I’ll use what we make on my skin?” The first time I made soap, I was a touch wary. The warnings about lye are serious – the words “chemical burn” are not ones I ever want associated with me. But I truly enjoyed watching these two somewhat disgusting substances (rendering tallow is not a fun experience) become something useful – and, as usual, that led me to find out exactly how this was possible.


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