Making soap isn't too scary
When I first made soap, I didn't have all that safety gear. I didn't want to spend any more money than I should. So I made soap without the gloves and eye protection. But I was certainly careful. Over the years, I have been very lucky to not have splashed the soap base in my eyes, although I have splashed it on my skin.
Having said that, I have had lye crystals get under my finger nails and burn. When those crystals get under there, you cannot get them out. Also, when I would wash the soap making pots after, the still caustic soap base causes anything from red skin, to a serious hot itchy skin where a rash-like irritation later occurs.
So you know yourself, and don't trust the kids and pets to stay out of your way, because they won't. Think worse-case scenario and plan your soap-making. To help you get started, here's things I learned:
- don't lift the stick blender out of the pot until it has stopped turning;
- rinsing all the pots and utensils with hot water first lowers the amount of caustic soap base;
- stick blenders are top-heavy and may fall over;
- lye is staticy, and likes to fly around just a little bit;
- wear gloves when you wash the equipment;
- the skin on the inside of your wrist burns alot easier;
- the soap base is often the same temperature as you and you won't feel the initial contact.
Just be careful and use common sense, I've seen other soapmakers with burn rashes up their arms. So for the amount of money for the goggles and gloves, get some and be careful.