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Why Do My Finished Soap Bars Get Water Droplets?

Have you ever noticed tiny water droplets forming on your handmade soap bars after leaving them out on the bathroom counter? This phenomenon, known as soap sweating or glycerin dew, is a common occurrence, particularly in humid environments. The culprit behind this moisture buildup is glycerin, a natural humectant found in soap.

Glycerin's ability to attract and retain moisture from the air is what makes it an excellent skin moisturizer. However, in humid conditions, this property can lead to the formation of water droplets on the surface of your soap. The higher the humidity level, the more likely it is for soap sweating to occur.

While soap sweating is harmless and doesn't affect the soap's quality or performance, it can make the bar feel soft and mushy. To prevent soap sweating, consider these tips:

  • Store your soap bars in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat sources.
  • Use a soap dish that allows for air circulation around the bar.
  • Wrap your soap bars in breathable materials like paper towels or muslin cloth to absorb excess moisture.
  • If you live in a humid climate, consider using a dehumidifier in your bathroom.

 By following these simple measures, you can keep your handmade soap bars dry and prevent them from sweating, ensuring they remain in top condition for extended use.


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