Castile soap

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A mild, semitransparent soap made from olive oil and sodium hydroxide or sodium carbonate. Castile soap is used to clean leather (saddle soap) and other items.

Synonyms and Related Terms

castille (sp); Castile soap; Marseilles soap; Venetian soap; saddle soap; jabon de Castila (Esp.); sapo castilliensis (Esp.)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • R. J. Gettens, G.L. Stout, Painting Materials, A Short Encyclopaedia, Dover Publications, New York, 1966
  • Thomas Gregory, The Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Reinhold Publishing, New York, 3rd ed., 1942
  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 732
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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