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Georgia Journal of Science

Article Title

GREEN SYNTHESIS OF SOAPS: UNDERGRADUATE CHEMISTRY LAB PROJECT

Abstract

Batches of soap are synthesized and wasted every year in Middle Georgia State University’s chemistry labs. This is due to the high pH of the soap which made it caustic. It was theorized that adding weak acids extracted from various fruits during synthesis would neutralize this effect. So with this knowledge and the resources at hand, the synthesis of soap began in the lab using the hot process. Weak acids were added during synthesis, and a variety of soaps were produced. These soaps were tested for their pH and physical properties, and several of them met or exceeded standards set by a commercial antibacterial hand soap. In conclusion, green soap can be synthesized using the resources in the lab, and soap made by chemistry students yearly will no longer be wasted.

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