Purpose of using Potassium Hydroxide in Saponification?
1. What is the specific purpose of using potassium hydroxide during the saponification process?
Potassium hydroxide is preferred over sodium hydroxide in some soap-making processes because it produces a softer, more water-soluble soap. This makes it ideal for creating liquid soaps or other soap products that require a more soluble, easily dispersible soap. Additionally, KOH tends to produce soap that is less harsh and less drying to the skin than sodium hydroxide, which can be beneficial for people with sensitive skin.