Ever wondered what is glycerin used for?
I used to also, until I found out its uses for cleaning and stain removal in my home and yours.
First of all, some of you may be wondering what glycerin is, in the first place.
Glycerin is a natural by product of soap making, and comes from generally vegetable or animal sources.
Typically, when discussing natural soaps, we tend to use vegetable glycerin, instead of glycerin which comes from animals.
One of the first uses for glycerin was to make nitroglycerin, which is used to make dynamite. Of course, to use glycerin in this way additional processing and chemical reactions need to take place and the glycerin you buy for home use is not explosive, and is safe to use in your home.
Glycerin, in its pure form, is called "glycerol," meaning it is a type of alcohol. It is a colorless thick liquid, which is hygroscopic, meaning it absorbs moisture from the air.
As a type of alcohol it is a very good solvent, because many things dissolve into it easier than they do into either water or even rubbing alcohol.
But you may still be wondering, "what is glycerin used for?" now that you know what it is.
One of the answers to the question, "what is glycerin used for?", is that it is used for stain removal.
Glycerin's quality as a solvent, along with it being hygroscopic, make it good for cleaning and stain removal. These qualities allow gylcerin to soften hardened and set stains, so that even old stains can be more easily removed.
Here are some examples of instructions on this site which have suggested using glycerin for stain removal:
Removing Coffee Stains From Clothing
Removing Berry Stains From Clothing
Remove Self-Tanning Lotion From Clothes
Remove Lipstick Stains From Clothes
Remove Mustard Stains From Clothes
Get Latex Paint Out Of Carpet
Glycerin is not only useful for removing stains, but also as part of certain homemade cleaning products.
For example, glycerin is used in several homemade laundry detergent recipes.
One of the best ways to use glycerin in your home, for cleaning, is to make your own homemade soaps with it.
These homemade soaps, known as melt and pour soaps, can be quite beautiful and also very moisturizing for your skin.
In fact, one of the most common uses for glycerin in commercial products is in lotions and other beatuty products because glycerin helps moisturize and soften your skin.
I recently began reading the book Soapmaking the Natural Way, which provides 45 melt and pour recipes using natural ingredients, including herbs, flowers and essential oils.
This is a great introduction to using vegetable based glycerin for making soaps. The pictures are exquisite, and it has inspired me to try a couple recipes to make as gifts for my friends and family.
Glycerin is available in many stores, including health food stores and craft stores, which sell it for soap making.
It is also available on the Internet, such as on Amazon.com.
I have provided several answers to the question, "what is glycerin used for?" However, I am sure there are even more ways to use glycerin for cleaning, stain removal, soap making and in other homemade cleaning solutions.
So, if you have a recipe for a homemade cleaner using glycerin, or had success removing a certain stain with glycerin, or any other use, please share your uses of glycerin here, or read even more uses I've already collected, such as for beauty and fun.
Now vegetable glycerin photo courtesy of Amazon.com
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