Soap Production Area

The Soaps:

The team uses byproduct glycerin from the biodiesel reaction to create soap. Both liquid and bar soaps are made in the lab, and the team gets to experiment with shape, color, and scent. The lab focuses on sustainability and tries to reduce as much waste as possible. For example, soap ends are incorporated into future bars or recycled into dish soap.

Our Recipes

Our Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are created and then tested by students. In general, soap is created by adding a lye solution to a body solution. A basic body solution contains the biodiesel glycerin and other oils such as coconut or castor oil. The lab produces liquid soap, which uses potassium hydroxide for its lye solution, and bar soap, which uses sodium hydroxide for its lye solution.
Small Scale Soap Reaction