Green soap is used for the treatment and saturation of wood, usually floors. It consists mainly of fats from linseed oil or timber oil which are boiled out and saponified with lye. Fats from maize, cotton seed and soya oil can also be used. Small amounts of waterglass and soda can be added; soda increases its washing ability somewhat, but at the same time decreases the effective amount of fats. Green soap is relatively alkaline and hinders the growth of bacteria and mould.
Green soap is based mainly on renewable resources from plants and is free of problems both in production and use. The same is true for the re-use of treated materials, recycling, energy recycling and composting or dumping.
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