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 [...]

It’s lye all over: 9 common and less-known industrial uses of lye

Posted by Editor on August 11th, 2014 under Industrial applications, Uses of LyeTags: , ,  • No Comments

If you think that the use of lye is circumscribed only to soap making and domestic cleaning, you maybe wrong. Lye or caustic soda has an array of industrial applications too. An essential ingredient in multifarious industrial processes, lye is normally produced by the chlor-alkali process which involves use of brine solution. When manufactured through [...]

When your whites turn yellow: Pros and cons of bleaching with lye

Posted by Editor on August 7th, 2014 under Cleaning, Uses of LyeTags: , ,  • No Comments

Imagine your favorite white T-shirt turning yellow or cream or a shade of gray. Whites are not white if they fail to have a gleam in them. The initial newly-bought gleam fades away and all our white clothes turn yellow in course of time. To restore the whiteness of our clothes, we use bleaches. Bleaches [...]

Touch wood: 6 tips to use lye to refinish your old wood furniture

Posted by Editor on August 4th, 2014 under Cleaning, Uses of LyeTags: , , ,  • No Comments

What do you do when your wood furniture starts showing signs of age? Aged wood has a lot of marks, stains and blotches on its surface. It is often ugly to look at and may not sync in with new wood if you want to make some new piece of furniture with old wood. This [...]

An arsenal of lye: 3 dangers in using lye to unclog drains

Posted by Editor on August 1st, 2014 under Cleaning, Uses of LyeTags: , , ,  • No Comments

Lye is not all about cheerful things. Of course, it helps in soap making, chemical processes, manufacturing of industrial products and a whole array of applications and uses. Though all these bring cheers to one, it is not a benevolent element like water. It is as harmful as a chemical like sulphuric acid. Often one [...]

Making pretzels with lye: 2 yummy recipes for American kitchens

Posted by Editor on July 28th, 2014 under Food Processing, Uses of LyeTags: , ,  • No Comments

If you are a die-hard fan of pretzels, you know how it feels to have that yummy little delicacy run down your tongue and food pipe. Pretzels are well-known in American kitchens, but not all pretzels made in the United States are true German ones. Originally a local German delicacy, the German pretzel entered into [...]