No more bad hair days: The truth about lye and no-lye hair relaxers

Posted by Editor on September 13th, 2014 under Lye Facts, Uses of LyeTags: , , , , ,  • No Comments

“Beauty draw us with a single hair.” (A. Pope). “The hair is the richest ornament of women” (Martin Luther). “A hair in the head is worth two in the brush” (Oliver Herford). How important is hair in our lives! The bald man seizes every therapy to grow hair, while the African woman tries her best [...]

Acne? Blame it on your soap. 3 facts that make lye soap an acne cure

Posted by Editor on September 9th, 2014 under Lye Soap uses, Uses of LyeTags: , , ,  • No Comments

Acne has become a headache to many in the United States. Everyone, right from teens to people in their mid forties, suffer from it and are constantly seeking cure for it. Though doctors and dermatologists offer cures in the name of therapies and treatments, not every cure works as desired. Some fail miserably, while some [...]

DIY with lye: 7 great reasons to make lye soaps, cleaners on your own

Posted by Editor on September 6th, 2014 under Lye Facts, Uses of LyeTags: , , , ,  • No Comments

Buying things from stores is not that difficult and many prefer it to messing up with things as a do-it-yourselfer. True. DIY advocates often mess up with things. But they do so only in the initial stages and ultimately come out as experts in their art. When you make a product out of a caustic [...]

Lye soap for Poison Ivy malaise: 5 tips to treat Poison Ivy dermatitis

Posted by Editor on September 3rd, 2014 under Lye Soap uses, Uses of LyeTags: , ,  • No Comments

Millions are infected with the poison ivy malaise every spring or summer. The plant is very harmful and poisonous to the human skin, causing a condition that can result in inflammation, blisters, lesions and even fever. Since prevention is better than cure, it is better to avoid contact with the poison ivy plant and thereby [...]

How to clean cast iron cookware with lye: 11 practical steps

Posted by Editor on August 30th, 2014 under Cleaning, Uses of LyeTags: , ,  • No Comments

Cast iron cookware is an age-old kitchen item. Prevalent since the times of our grandmothers and great grandmothers, it was one of the most valued and much used cookware then. Later, with the advent of modern cookware, its application deteriorated. But now, it is staging a comeback. Thanks to its excellent and versatile appeal, it [...]

The ubiquitous lye: How to use lye soap for everything at home

Posted by Editor on August 27th, 2014 under Lye Soap uses, Uses of LyeTags: , ,  • No Comments

For all its toxic properties and harmful effects, lye or Sodium Hydroxide in soap form can be made ubiquitous at your home. Lye soap, which was once conceived to be a brutal and rough detergent and not a body soap, has grown to become a bath soap that is soft and gentle on the skin. [...]

Making cold process lye soap: 17 guidelines that work without hiccups

Posted by Editor on August 24th, 2014 under Lye Soaps - Tips, RecipesTags: , ,  • 1 Comment

Cold process method of soap making is a versatile method when it comes to working with creative recipes which include both oils and fats. It allows you make soaps that are milder and more natural in texture and work better than their commercial cousins. However, you need to follow your recipe to the last detail [...]

Grandmother’s recipes: 3 lye-lard soap recipes you would love to try

Posted by Editor on August 20th, 2014 under Lye Soaps - Tips, RecipesTags: ,  • No Comments

When one talks of lye soap, one talks of grandmother’s soaps. Though lye is used as an ingredient in many soaps, today it would be considered a bit old fashioned to make purely lye-based soaps. However, lye can be made into soaps for the same reasons our colonial ancestors used it. With modern science, we [...]

Food Grade Lye and Making Pretzels

Posted by admin on August 17th, 2014 under Uncategorized • No Comments

Lye is used in the baking of pretzels, in order to create the glaze on top of the pretzel. You allow the pretzels to sit in a lye bath, and the lye will cake the glaze right on it. Here’s an example recipe: For this recipe you’ll need: 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon yeast 1 [...]

Sodium Hydroxide and soap making: 5 uses of lye soaps you just can’t ignore

Posted by Editor on August 14th, 2014 under Lye Soaps - Tips, Recipes, Uses of LyeTags: , , ,  • 1 Comment

Sodium Hydroxide is used variously in all sorts of domestic cleaning and laundry products. The most common use of lye is in the soap making industry. Soap makers simply cannot do without a lye soap, so much so that there are some who say, all soap is lye soap. As an alkali, lye reacts strongly [...]