How do you calm lye phobics

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soap_rat

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I mention that I do use lye, which all soapmakers must use, even the glycerin and all-natural ones. I say that lye is like baking soda, it's a chemical used up in the process of making the thing (see, now I'm gently telling them they eat chemicals all the time). And that I use food grade lye, the kind used for pretzels, since it is the purest. It's gone well so far.
 

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Ha. Do what I did when I had a fear and accidentally splash some soap batter on yourself and realize that the tingle is not so bad and then calmly pour vinegar over it.
No. Don't. Rinse it off with cool/cold water, and save your vinegar for non-skin spills. Neutralising it directly on your skin will worsen the situation, and can cause worse skin damage.
 
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