Use caution as cover: How to deal with 6 hazards of Sodium Hydroxide

Posted by Editor on October 22nd, 2014 under Lye Facts, Lye Health HazardsTags: , , , ,  • No Comments

For all its benefits, domestic and industrial uses, Sodium Hydroxide or lye is not a chemical to be handled easily. It is the strongest base (NaOH) that can be extremely dangerous to the human body when exposed to skin or ingested or inhaled. White and odorless in color, it is a non-volatile aqueous solution when [...]

Lye Hominy: Nutrition, cooking tips and some old Indian food-lore

Posted by Editor on October 19th, 2014 under Food Processing, Uses of LyeTags: , , , ,  • No Comments

Corn is a great grain today, but this was not the case in the ancient times. European colonists learned to cook corn only from the Native Americans. It is the Natives who turned corn into hominy (also called Nixtamal) and made it what it is today. Corn cannot become Hominy unless it is treated with [...]

Lye drain cleaners: 17 dos and don’ts you need to know

Posted by Editor on October 15th, 2014 under Cleaning, Uses of LyeTags: , , ,  • 1 Comment

Lye is a powerful drain cleaner that has a variety of industrial and domestic applications. Most of the chemical drain cleaners available in the market have lye or sodium hydroxide as a chief ingredient. Some of them are liquid, while a few are in powder form. In most cases, the powdered chemical drain cleaners are [...]

Stop itching, start soaping: 4 steps to beat eczema with eczema lye soap

Posted by Editor on October 12th, 2014 under Lye Soap uses, Uses of LyeTags: , ,  • No Comments

Red swollen skin. Intense itching. Social embarrassment. Non-stop scratching. End-result: ugly, bleeding wounds. Eczema is equal to everything said above and millions in the United States are struggling to find a solution for this itching skin condition. Eczema does not occur to everyone, and only those suffering from it now the pain and shame involved [...]

Lye versus Baking Soda: Cooking, cleaning and other uses

Posted by Editor on October 9th, 2014 under Lye Facts, Uses of LyeTags: , , ,  • No Comments

If at all lye has an opponent in the cooking, cleaning and other departments, baking soda is a noteworthy contender. Unlike sodium hydroxide (lye), baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is not toxic or hazardous and is often used as a substitute for lye water. Though baking soda is hailed supreme for its use in a [...]

No more dirty laundry: 2 lye laundry soap recipes to try at home

Posted by Editor on October 6th, 2014 under Lye Soaps - Tips, RecipesTags: , , , ,  • No Comments

Everyone knows that lye is one of the best cleaning agents available in the market. It used for cleaning everything from cast iron cookware to relics to drains and fabrics. It is a heavy duty detergent that works great on any kind of dirty laundry you may have. Though caustic, when used in the form [...]

Fishing with lye: 7 steps to make lye soap catfish bait

Posted by Editor on October 2nd, 2014 under Lye Soaps - Tips, Recipes, Uses of LyeTags: , , , ,  • No Comments

If you thought that lye can be used only for sober applications like soap making, industrial processing and manufacture of petroleum products, vegetable oils etc, think again. Sodium Hydroxide or lye can even be engaged in a fun activity like fishing. For years, the old timers used only special lye soap as bait for catching [...]

Lye Bagels: The story of how Polish dough came to rule American palates

Posted by Editor on September 29th, 2014 under Food Processing, Uses of LyeTags: , , , ,  • No Comments

Bagels. Beugals. Old Yiddish bread. Whatever the name, Bagels have a special place in the American gastronomical history. Originated in Poland, the bagels migrated to United States and Canada along with the Eastern European immigrants. Traditionally, a round-shaped yeasted wheat dough which is boiled and baked, bagels are dense and chewy inside and brown and [...]

Glycerin to lye soap: 10 steps to make lye soap from biodiesel byproducts

Posted by Editor on September 26th, 2014 under Lye Soap uses, Lye Soaps - Tips, Recipes, Uses of LyeTags: , ,  • No Comments

We know that lye plays a significant role in the making of biodiesel. But what most of us don’t know is lye soap can be made with the byproducts of biodiesel. Yes, glycerin, a byproduct from the manufacturing process of biodiesel can be made into lye bar soaps when appropriate contents are added to it. [...]

Making biodiesel with lye: 12 foolproof guidelines to follow

Posted by Editor on September 22nd, 2014 under Industrial applications, Uses of LyeTags: , ,  • No Comments

Biodiesel is an alternative diesel that can be directly used in your diesel engines. It has a high level of viscosity which makes it a great lubricant in diesel engines than your regular petroleum diesel. It also reduces emission levels drastically, making biodiesel the best of its kind biofuel for a greener and better environment. [...]