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John Green, Soft Soap Manufacturer

John Green, Soft Soap Manufacturer

Map Number

Location

Name

Profession

Age

Dates

4

A 821

John Green

Soft Soap Manufacturer

59

1802 - 1861

Soft Soap Manufacturer

Did you know…?

  • Soap was an important commodity in the Victorian era; people were becoming increasingly aware of the importance of hygiene and the connection with health. In 1853 the tax on the main ingredient, tallow, was removed by the government in order to make soap cheaper and thereby encourage people to use it.
  • Tallow is still used in the manufacture of soap as it was in the Victorian era, although some soap is now made using purely vegetable oils.
  • Tallow is produced by heating animal fat with salt and water. When the fat has melted, the mixture is strained to remove any solids, and then cooled to allow the fat to float to the top of the liquid and solidify as tallow.
  • Soap is made by heating your chosen mix of fats/oils (e.g. tallow, coconut and olive oil) with a lye solution (an alkali solution that reacts with the oils to make soap). The type of lye used determines the consistency of the soap: sodium hydroxide is used to make hard soap and potassium hydroxide for soft and liquid soaps. Potassium hydroxide used to be made from the ashes of bracken or wood.
  • Links
    You can see short video clips showing how soap is made on YouTube.


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