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    Default Soap making lye

    Hello,
    Does anyone know if Lowes, Home depot, Menards etc sell red crown lye (or equivalant) for cold process soap? I had almost all my ingrediants together to make my first batch of soap this weekend except the lye. I thought this was a very common product in hardware stores but I guess it's been replaced (lye) with a product that can't be used for soap making. I'll probably have to have it shipped from brushy mountain.
    Thank you

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    Lowes and Home Depot, along with most hardware stores sell it. It is sold as drain cleaner. Search the ingredients until you find the one that says "100% Sodium Hydroxide". That will be the lye you want for soap making. Potassium hydroxide can also be used, but is not as common in the local stores. Do not use any that have additives. 100% Sodium Hydroxide ONLY.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sugar bandit #2 View Post
    I thought this was a very common product in hardware stores but I guess it's been replaced (lye) with a product that can't be used for soap making.
    It is my understanding that many of the lye products were removed from stores because it (lye) was one of the main components used by meth labs. I'm not sure if its a fact but the stuff sure disappeared from the store counters around here quickly.
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    So the story goes beeman.

    Potassium hydroxide is used for liquid soaps. Sodium for bar soap. Lowes and home depot neither carry any kind of pure lye. The only hardware around here that I've found that carry's it is ACE. I forget the brand, but they replaced red devil with it when it was pulled off the shelves.
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    Both lowes and home depot carry it here. It is not red devil, but does say 100% sodium hydroxide.

    sugar bandit #2, if you can't get it there, pm me and I'll send you some.

    The brand name is ROEBIC. It says CHRYSTAL DRAIN OPENER
    It is a 2 lb. container. I've forgotten the price, but I think it was 7 or 8 dollars.
    Last edited by iddee; 12-13-2008 at 04:48 PM.

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    anyone here ever make their own lye using wood ashes ?
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    If you make your own, you don't know exactly what you'll have for strength. The sapponification charts base amounts on close measurements and a known strength of lye

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    Default Found it @ Lowes

    Hello and thanks for the help.
    I did find 100% Sodium Hydroxide @ Lowes last Sunday. I think it was $7 or so. The brand name is Roebec.

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    My wife found at Lowes too. Roebic K-67 Granular Bacterial Drain & Trap Cleaner.

    I looked up the web sit for roebic.com, for their MSDS sheets. I don't think this is the right stuff.

    I will keep looking for the real lye.

    http://www.roebic.com/msds.htm


    I did find this though... http://www.lyedepot.com/index.html

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    Texas bee, that isn't it, but go to your link and look at the 13th msds down. Chrystal drain opener. It is 100% sodium hydroxide. That is what you are looking for. Check my post above.

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    Thanks iddee.....

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