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Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)

  • Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)

Product Name: Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)

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Lye, also known as caustic soda, is the common name for Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH). Some common household products that use lye in the manufacturing process are soaps, detergents, oven cleaners and drain cleaners. Pure sodium hydroxide is a white solid which is available in flakes, pellets, beads and granules. It is highly caustic and care should be taken with storage and handling. 

People have been using lye as a detergent or soap for thousands of years! Up until the 18th Century, the old-fashioned ingredients for making soap were: wood ashes, water, animal fat and salt. This was used all around the globe. Simply described - ashes, soaked and heated in water is the way to make lye. The lye, then mixed with fat, through a process known as saponification, creates soap.The added salt is what hardens the soap.The American Colonists brought soap with them when they settled and then, after a while, at butchering times, began to make it for themselves. Our Sodium Hydroxide is 99% pure.



People have been using lye as a detergent or soap for thousands of years! Up until the 18th Century, the old-fashioned ingredients for making soap were: wood ashes, water, animal fat and salt. This was used all around the globe. Simply described - ashes, soaked and heated in water is the way to make lye. The lye, then mixed with fat, through a process known as saponification, creates soap.The added salt is what hardens the soap.The American Colonists brought soap with them when they settled and then, after a while, at butchering times, began to make it for themselves. Our Sodium Hydroxide is 99% pure.

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