I’m new to the site and to formulation. So hoping to get some questions answered.
I’m working on a making a solid dish soap/ detergent instead of liquid form mainly to make the detergent last longer.
First off, is grease cleaning mostly dependent on pH of the detergent? So a pH of 9-10 would clean better than pH 8?
I have a basic formula of SLS, CAB, sodium carbonate and fragrance oil (lemon). I’ve seen videos of people melting the mixture in double boilers to make a paste. I’d like to take this one step further to make a solid “soap” (for lack of a better word). Is this possible?
Upon further research, apparently saponification of vegetable oil could also produce a pH of 8-10. I wouldn’t need to add sodium carbonate unless I wanted to increase the pH even more? I’m wondering if this saponified soap would work well on grease and oil for dish and pot cleaning?
Then I started thinking if I could combine the two techniques and include some fat into my SLS mixture to saponify it into solid soap? But I’m wondering if this would make using SLS redundant since I would already have soap from the saponification.
Thanks in advance and apologies if I sound too naive.
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