Pineapple (Ananas comosus) skin and Dusol (Kaempferia galanga Linn.) Rhizome As Antibacterial Organic Soap
A Science Investigatory Project
Romi Necq S. Abuel
Bansud National High School
Regional Science High School for Region IV -MIMAROPA
Pag-asa, Bansud, Oriental Mindoro
Many soaps in the market offer different kinds of benefits such as whitening the skin, treating various skin problems and removing bacteria from skin. But some may still produce bad results and some can be too expensive to purchase. But there are other options that can be made to have healthy skin. Pineapple is an abundant tropical fruit commonly found in humid and hot regions. Citric and malic acids are found in good quantities in pineapple fruits while ascorbic acid is found in moderate amounts in pineapple fruit. It has antioxidants and immune support. Other health benefits of pineapple is firming skin (by boosting the production of collagen), sloughing off dead skin cells, evening out skin tone, and making tiny wrinkles less noticeable. On the other hand, “Dusol” is a smooth stemless herb arising from tuberous aromatic rootstocks with fibrous cylindrical roots. It is common in the Philippines and it has the resemblance of gingers and turmerics. Its rhizomes are used for medicinal purposes. Dusol plant has antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and wound healing properties. These two ingredients are the main ingredients that will be used for a better antibacterial, germicidal and organic soap.
THE PROBLEM AND ITS SETTING
Background of the Study
Soap is a substance used for many different kinds of cleaning. It also comes in many forms and content based on its uses. Bar soap is the most common form of soap which is usually made by treating fat with an alkali, as sodium potassium hydroxide, and consisting chiefly of the sodium potassium salts of the acids contained in the fat. The soaps may also have different purposes aside from cleansing, such as skin whitening, moisturizing and most of all, treating skin diseases like psoriasis, rashes, acne, ringworm and others. But many different kinds of harmful materials are added to commercial soaps that can cause various health problems if left untreated. This study aims to produce the soap that cannot be harmful to the human body. It is pure organic and made of pineapple skin extract and dusol rhizome extract that is proven to be non-toxic and has antibacterial, medical and moisturizing property. It is also known that pineapple is now widely used as an additive for different kinds of skin care products and Dusol plant is widely used as treatment because of its many healing properties. Objectives
The general objective of this study is to find out if the pineapple/dusol bar soap can be a better alternative bar soap that has healthier benefits that commercial bar soaps in the market. Specific
The specific objective of this study is to know whether the pineapple extracts and dusol rhizome extract be a good combination that treats many different kinds of skin diseases and problems.
Statement of the Problem
1. Can the experimental soap be an effective antibacterial soap or soap alternative? 2. What will be the basis of applying research methods and statistical treatments used in the study? Specific
What could be said of the difference between the experimental product and the commercial one in the aspects of: a. Solubility or Water Absorption
c. pH Level
The independent variable is the formulas used in the soap solution. These are 25% pineapple extract and 75% dusol extract; 50% pineapple extract and 50% dusol extract; and 75% pineapple extract and 25% dusol extract. Dependent Variable
The dependent variable is the solubility, hardness and pH level of the solution.
Significance of the Study
This study is aimed for consumers and common people who...
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