No, no, no! You want COSMETIC grade lye!!! (This is just a joke!!!)Godiva said:I'm looking at the lye on AAA Chem - I am assuming that Food Grade is a better lye because it costs more - but you know what happens when you assume. What do or would you use?
I buy a ton of it, my local family owned store agreed to sell it to me cheaper if I agreed to buy it regularly.Lovehound said:Wow! Good price! My Roebic's costs about $7 per 2 lb container, $3.50/lb, almost twice what you pay.
It didn't help with me. The supplier stopped selling it to the store! I get it from Rainbow Meadow, but I don't know what grade it is.Deda said:(To prove you aren't running a meth lab!)
We don't have local stores here. They were all run out of business by the big chains: Home Depot, Lowe's, OSH. They'd look at me like I was from outer space if I told them I was making soap. A more believable story would be "I'm making meth."Deda said:Ask your local store, can't hurt. Oh, and don't forget to bring them a nice bar or two every now and again. (To prove you aren't running a meth lab!)
You made my heart stop for a sec!Lovehound said:No, no, no! You want COSMETIC grade lye!!! (This is just a joke!!!)Godiva said:I'm looking at the lye on AAA Chem - I am assuming that Food Grade is a better lye because it costs more - but you know what happens when you assume. What do or would you use?
Seriously, you'll pay way, way more for food grade (food grade?) or reagent grade or hugely more for USP grade. Instead what you want is (drum roll...) drain cleaner grade!
Not all drain cleaners are alike. Look for a brand that contains 100% sodium hydroxide (NaOH). (Some brands contain dangerous heavy metals, others contain no NaOH at all.) Roebic's is such a brand, commonly found in stores like Lowe's (hardware, home improvement).
It may sound funny that we all make our soap by combining animal or vegetable fats and oils with drain cleaner, but it's true. Please observe proper safety precautions before using lye. Please ask if you don't know the procedures.
And welcome to the forum!
That sounds like a good price although as a beginner way too much quantity for me. I just used up my first 2# container a day or two ago, but I've only been soaping two weeks, 7 batches.Godiva said:I decided to go with the Tech grade - got 32 lbs for $80 including shipping - which is about $2.50 per lb, much cheaper than buying Roebic's at lowes. I know this 32 lbs will last me a while.
My kind of people! I've just started and I must have purchased $300-$400 of oils and other expendable materials. I too plan on playing a lot. I'm an amateur chef in my other hobby and you can't cook if you don't have the ingredients.Godiva said:I plan on playing - a lot.