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« on: November 20, 2011 07:16:33 PM »

Hi all,

Had an epic fail tonight. I did very well in covering myself all up for my first CP soapmaking. Had the gloves, long sleeved shirt, even an apron.

I forgot to put on my eye wear.

Just a teeny little splash of lye water got in the corner of my eye (near the duct) while using the hand mixer to blend lye/water and oils.

I ran to the sink and flushed my eye for a long time with saline and took out my contacts.

It is still slightly irritated but I am very lucky to have no vision damage that I can tell. It only looks as bad as it does when I take out my contacts that are long overdue and sightly sore.

Please DO NOT forget EYEWEAR when soaping.

I just scared the crap out of myself!
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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2011 06:21:16 AM »

Dude! I'm so glad you're okay. That is mega scary. I try to be as wary around lye now as I was the first day I tried soapmaking. I want to be hyper-vigilant about it because it's dangerous. I have a big jar of vinegar on the counter where I make lye, with a quick-to-undo lid incase I need it. I think I should invest in some scientist-eyeprotectors rather than rely on glasses, though. Thank goodness you're alright.
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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2011 07:14:32 PM »

I'll respond the way I did when my husband broke his finger while sliding into home..did you get the run??!

in soaping translation..how's the soap??

Girl..at least now you'll remember :/ I'm glad you are ok..I'm so happy you start making your own soap..can't wait to see your journey..

Be safe..
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« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2011 07:45:12 PM »

Oh, you betcha!

Funny thing is normally I wear glasses to do soap for this reason, I was wearing contacts that day and forgot entirely!

I love my HP and might stick with it, it seems safer....but I want to see how the CP holds its scent and color.

I posed pics of the soap on the completed projects board too!
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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2011 06:19:57 PM »

I think I should invest in some scientist-eyeprotectors rather than rely on glasses, though

You definitely should. They're not terribly expensive (usually somewhere around 5-10$). Also, get the kind that's designed for use in a chem lab, not the ones for like woodshop and stuff, because some of them have holes along the sides (they had posters in all the chem labs where I went to college, where they put the goggles on a mannequin and splattered them with red paint. Not pretty.) Also, safety goggles are better than safety glasses.

Also, while vinegar is great to neutralize lye spilled on countertops, floors, etc, the best first aid measure is to run a LOT of water on the affected area- while it *is* basic, and acids will neutralize bases, vinegar is a weak acid and fairly dilute (usually about 5% acid), while the lye solutions used in soaping are fairly concentrated. By putting the area under running water, you dilute the base and wash it off the skin. A lower concentration of base (ie, diluted) has a less basic pH, and when a minuscule amount of base is dissolved in a lot of water, the pH of the water will be neutral.

The first aid measures given in the MSDS sheet (Material Safety Data Sheet- basically tells you how to safely handle and store a chemical) for NaOH (lye) state to flush the area with water for 15 minutes. That's probably longer than needed for a small drop or two, but make sure you've fully rinsed off the area, and remember that it's ok to be a bit too cautious. This just gives a frame of reference for how long to run water over it before you can be *sure* it's good.
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« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2011 12:46:05 AM »

Thanks! Better to have as much info as possible when using caustic/dangerous chems. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2011 09:26:04 AM »

Yikes, that's scary! I'm glad you're ok! A great reminder for some of us who might slack on the eye protection. I always, always tell people to wear it, but I too have been known to soap with just my eyeglasses on. Sad
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