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Sodium Hydroxide (LYE)

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Our pure sodium hydroxide (lye) has countless and meets Food Codex Specifications.   Furthermore, 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 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.


Soap Making

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.

Usefully Destructive

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.


Pure Lye

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 something that should be handled with extreme care. We recommend having supervision and wearing appropriate protective (i.e. full arm gloves, eyewear, respirators, etc.) 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 handling.


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  1. Well packaged 5 star review

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    I was pleased that the lye was packaged and shipped in a separate box from the rest of my order. Despite the shipping company being a bit rough with the box, everything arrived perfectly intact. Very pleased with the price as well.

  2. Outstanding! 5 star review

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    The delivery was fast and it was accurately weighed. It's a must have for soap making and manufacturing and at a reasonable price with shipping.

  3. GREAT LYE AND THATS NO LIE!!!!! 5 star review

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  4. Best value I have found 5 star review

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    I had done a lot of shopping for lye, looking for the best value; i.e. price and quality. I chose to buy a 50 lb pail for my soap business. Lye attracts moisture, so the easy open and close lid was important on a pail of this size. I put it on a rolling planter stand, so I can easily pull it in and out of its safe storage area.
    I will definitely buy this again.

  5. Great product 5 star review

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    This was my first attempt at making soap. It turned out perfectly. Can't wait to do more. Good price, quick delivery from BA.

  6. just like i ordered 5 star review

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    I ordered 8 lbs. It came on time. Inside the box was 4 - 2lb containers inside a plastic zip lock bag.

  7. Really good lye... be careful when handling 4 star review

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    First, I will say this is great lye. Dissolves perfect and you can't beat the price (and shipping time!).

    I purchase the 2-lb bottles (mostly because I don't have a way to store the bigger bucket of lye and like to prebatch my lye four lbs at a time). The smaller bottles are packaged inside a large plastic baggie and there are little bits of lye in the baggie and there are bits on the outside of the bottles. So, be sure to be gloved and goggled when opening the BA box and then opening the bag inside.

    I cut the bag open and pull out a bottle and stick it in the sink, so as to leave the lye beads inside the box and to prevent beads from all over. I also pour the lye into a pitcher, inside a sink. With my previous lye supplier, the bottles were clean and I could handle them without gloves on and I could store the bottles -- unboxed -- in a shelf. If I could do that with the BA lye, I'd give it 5 stars. Still I plan on buying my lye from BA, because I've been really happy with the price and the order turnaround.

  8. Good deal 5 star review

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    Good deal

  9. Best price for lye! 5 star review

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    Easy, convenient packaging. Best price around and shipping was super quick.

  10. Best price for lye! 5 star review

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    Fast shipping and safe packaging. I searched alot of websites and found that Bulk Apothecary carried everything I needed for my soaping adventures!

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