Our pure food grade sodium hydroxide (food grade lye) has countless uses and we offer it for the absolute lowest prices online. If you find a better price on pure Sodium Hydroxide anywhere online, let us know and we will do our best to beat that price. *** This item can only ship UPS Ground or LTL due to item being a Hazardous Material. *** Important Note: Please keep in mind that by pressing the order button below you are agreeing to the fact that you are over 18 years of age and are using this LYE for Soap Making or another legal use. We keep full records of where we sell our sodium hydroxide and cooperate completely with local and federal authorities when approached. Please also note that the information below is for research purposes only and we highly recommend that no one uses lye based on the information below. This product is very dangerous to work with and all proper precautions should be used before use. KEEP FAR AWAY FROM CHILDREN. LYE CAN CAUSE SEVERE CHEMICAL BURNS AND EVEN DEATH IF NOT HANDLED PROPERLY!
Pure Food Grade Lye
Sodium hydroxide, also known as Caustic Soda or Lye, is a product that is used in the creation of soap, detergent, paper, textiles and drinking water. It is a chemical base and comes packaged as a white solid.
Sodium Hydroxide (Lye) – Uses and Benefits
Having become an incredibly versatile and useful ingredient in everything from food preparation to drain cleaning, it’s no wonder that the world produced 60 million metric tons of sodium hydroxide in 2004. A brief overview of the many uses include:
Food – It can be used to wash or chemically peel fruits and vegetables. Furthermore, it is often used to soften foods like olives or baked goods.
Cleaning – In liquid form, it is used to de-clog drains, dissolve metals and strip paint off a surface. It can also be used to de-grease stainless steel and glass bake ware.
Hair – In liquid form, it is mixed with other ingredients to create a hair straightening substance (often referred to as a “relaxer”).
Tissue – It is often used to dissolve tissue, specifically to break down the tissue of dead animals in carcass removal.
Paper – It is a key ingredient in the creation of paper from wood pulp.
Soap – Typically for cold-process soap making, lye is essential. It can also be used in hot-process soap making when mixed with the appropriate fat and oils. Caustic soda (lye) creates a chemical reaction known as saponificiation. This process is what breaks down the oils and turns them into soap.
History of Sodium Hydroxide
Ancient Egyptians and Babylonians used a form of lye (using ash) around 4,800 years ago and recorded it’s use on a clay tablet. For much of history, water was run through wood ash then mixed with animal fats in a primitive attempt at soap making. Lye wasn’t truly identified and understood until Sir Humphry Davy discovered it in 1807. At first, believing it was one of the basic elements; he later went on to discover sodium.
The term “lye” was an old English word meaning ‘wash stuff’. Original lye soap was very harsh and often left the users skin red after use. This was because too much lye was used in comparison to the amount of oils. Too little can cause the oils in the soap to go rancid and smell bad. When you find a good recipe for soap making, make sure you stick with it.
Fats and oils, by themselves, do not mix with water. Sodium hydroxide breaks up the triglyceride in fats and oils and turns the fatty acids into sodium salts. The salts reduce the surface tension in liquids and allow grease to be easily washed away with water. Try making a pure soap with no perfume, fragrances, dyes or additives that can irritate your skin. Using a pure soap with only the glycerin can cleanse and improve your skin condition – no matter what that condition is. Pure lye soap will sooth insect bites and actually repel insects with its residue. Try shaving your lye soap and using it as a laundry detergent, or rub a bar directly on a problem stain. Lye soap has been found to be as effective as commercial products on the market.
Harnessing the power of caustic soda can be very useful to the resourceful individual. The same properties that convert oil and fats into soap can be put to use in dissolving the grease and hair that slows down (or completely clogs a drain). Put a heaping tablespoon on a slow running drain and slowly poor in just enough water to dissolve. Remember to allow for adequate ventilation, let sit for 10 minutes, and then flush with hot water for a couple of minutes to clear the pipes.
Mix one (1) cup of lye, one (1) cup of cornstarch and two (2) gallons of water to make an effective paint stripper. Try some experimentation to give painted items a rustic or distressed look.
Make traditional soft pretzels by bathing them in one (1) quart of water with one (1) ounce of sodium hydroxide mixed in for thirty seconds. Your finished product will be a dark brown, soft and delicious. The finest bagels are similarly boiled in a lye solution making them soft and chewy. Many recipes attempt to substitute sodium hydroxide with baking soda, but reviewers agree that the ‘lye bath’ produces much finer results.
Make sure you know what you are putting in, and on, your body. While commonly stocked in hardware stores as drain cleaner, it can also be mixed with other chemicals you don’t necessarily want in your food or soap. Don’t trust a product, intended only to clean drains, to make something you plan on putting in or on your body. Our product is 100% pure and you can be confident that you are using only the finest ingredients.
Sodium Hydroxide, or Lye, is very strong and caustic ingredient. It is not something that should be handled without extra care. We recommend having supervision and wearing appropriate protective (i.e. gloves, eyewear) when using. This products needs to be kept FAR away from children. Make sure you don’t have any allergies to the product and that you are using pure ingredients. Pregnant women should consult with a physician before using.
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by Autumn – 20th May 2013
This was my first order from bulk apothecary and I love them! They shipped fast, package arrived very well packed, the prices are great and I am very pleased. I ordered the 8 lb quantity and was pleased to find that it was 4 - 2 lb bottles so they were very easy to use. Next time I will order the 50 lb container and see how that goes. Thanks for such great service, prices and quality!
by Cheryl Dunham – 1st May 2013
First time I ever used lye when I made my lye soap. Was very surprised at how hot it got, but now will know what to expect. It worked just as promised.
by Nyota Ferguson – 7th Apr 2013
I do a lot of comparison shopping and this is the best price by far!
by violetbird – 7th Apr 2013
I've not purchased your product yet, but wanted to "thank you" for your clear and concise information and duly noted precautions in regards to this product. I want to make soap and am a neophite. You have 'educated' me - well- in regards to the handeling and precautions when dealing with lye/sodium hydroxide.
by sterlingsue – 5th Apr 2013
When I poured the lye out of the bottle, it was like it had static electricity....the crystals were jumping all over the place. It was messy. Otherwise, it worked well and price is right.
by Plain Old Soap – 1st Apr 2013
Price was the lowest I found through all my suppliers and the quality is great. Shipping was fast and much better than the other suppliers too.
by Azor & Judy Israel – 26th Mar 2013
We order this months ago and been using and making products with this Sodium Hydroxide (Lye) and it work better than any we have used, it dissolves quickly and very clear, heats up nice and make great soap. We will stick with this product!
by Backwood's Basics Lye Soap – 21st Feb 2013
I love the tall thin bottles that are easy to hold as you pour the clean uniform powder into the scale container. This is the best quality lye I have seen. No searching for impurities and straining the solution. I will definitely be back for more! Thanks Bulk Apothecary!
by Debbie – 18th Feb 2013
I have been making soap for 13 years and ordered from several suppliers and I was thrilled to find Bulk Apothecary only 4-5 from me!! I was very happy with the service and with the product! I ordered a very large amount and had not used lye from buckets before only 2 lb bottles. So icalled customers service with a few concerns and they were very helpful! Thank You for a great product and a great service :)
by Susan – 12th Feb 2013
I love the the size, which is easy to use. Priced right. Reasonable shipping cost. I make a lot of soap so... ya I love it!
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