I have been making soap for 6 years now. I have always used the 'Red Devil Lye' that you find in a grocery store. Just recently they have taken all the lye in powered form out of the stores around this area.
So, I'm wondering how do you get lye b/c I know they don't ship lye to anyone, how do you get it?
I'm out of lye and have soap to make!! Please help
Try calling around to the different stores and ask if they can special order you some. You will probably have to buy a case, but it sounds like you will need it ongoing. You will just need to find a really safe dry place to store it.
Well, I do...I called around and found a place to order a box of lye.
I had a chance to get a box of lye uncontained, but what a mess that would make, especially having a youngin' around!
Thanks for the reply and suggestion!
HAve you looked for Rooto brand Lye? They started selling it in Oct but check the label before you buy it, they said it would be a while before all stores got the new stuff. (the old stuff had other junk in it too)I bought some in Pennsylvania, but the stuff in Tenn. is still the old stuff. I know Ace HArdware carries Rooto.
Yes, the search for lye. I've made over 40 phone calls to chem companies, labs, plumbers, and various stores in my city with no luck. There are no local sources for me. I heard good things about this company on a soap forum and just placed my order yesterday. If you order the 2 lb containers, you can avoid the hazardous materials shipping charge which is a killer. 2 lb containers are much more practical for a small time soaper like me anyway. Even with shipping, the cost is about 50% of what I was paying locally for Red Devil. If you call them, they will give you a quote including shipping with no pressure to buy. http://boyercorporation.com/
I had good luck with the Rooto Brand. Even though it took forever to trace, I crossed my fingers and poured at 3.5 hours! Also, the color upon mixing the oils and the lye water was really orangey. In the past it's always a gold/flaxen color. But, after a week of curing, it all seems to be turning out fine.
I don't use a stick blender - although a friend of mine does and has had good luck. I've never had a batch take so long to trace before this one, so I didn't mind the manual stirring...but that may change.
I did contact the fine folks at Rooto Corp. via phone this past week, and they mentioned that their "pre-October 2005" product should not be used. And they also confirmed that what they sell is 100% sodium hydroxide.
Hey I just wanted to let you know that I just recently purchased red devil lye at a local feed store in my neck of the woods. If you live anywhere near a farming community this might be some place you just might want to try and contact. I would call first though, because upon calling around it seemed to be a 50/50 ratio of sellers.