I tried WalMart and Home Depot with no luck... then went to a local Ace Hardware - there it was... right on the shelf.
Are you sure your friend puts lye down in the stalls? Lye is VERY dangerous. You must observe strict safety precautions when using it. I have heard of lime being used to neutralize urine, and ground limestone isn't dangerous (hydrated lime can be) Maybe just a misunderstanding between lime and lye?
Best place to start is to look locally at chemical supply places. I got in the yellow pages under chemical supply. You'd be surprised who sells sodium hydroxide, and which business's buy it all the time.
I paid 43.00 for 50 pounds, and was paying 20 for 2 pounds through www.snowdriftfarms.com it's hard to find on the internet,without having to pay the hazmat fee, through snowdriftfarms you can buy 2 pounds at a time without paying the expensive hazmat fee. I split my lye with a friend down the road who I taught to make soap. It was such a tremendous expense buying it on line. but for one whos only making a little at a time, go to snowdriftfarms , and buy the 2 pounds of it.
I recommend getting lye from www.Certified-Lye.com They sell lye in small quantities--as little as 20 ounces. That should be enough for you to make about 10 pounds of soap, which will be about 40 regular bars of soap. I think their 20-oz jars are less than $4 and they have the best shipping. They ship by air, so it's very fast, but costs less than $10. Good luck with your soap!
Tami- I have no idea where New Caney is, but do you happen to have a Brookshire Brothers? It is a chain on the East TX side. If you have one, they have lye there- for a steal too! I paid something like $1.50 for 16 oz of it!!! I was thrilled :)
SoaperDave- are you the same SoaperDave on other forums? Either way- welcome to our little neck of the woods :)
We have a Brookshire bros right here in New Caney. I'll try there this week. Thanks so much for the lead. I still need to check Ace Hardware as well. Our Son is getting married next month and things have been crazy. I hope to make my soap mold this week and get some made.
I found my Lye here localy after Trish mentioned it. Cheep and right here in town. I still need to make my first batch of soap. I think I'll make my husband help and we will do it outside on the Camp stove. Thanks everybody for your help.
Hi there. I had trouble finding lye. I tried Lowe's, for Roebic, and many other retailers, as I wanted to save shipping costs if I could. Finally, Sear's Hardware advised me to call a "farm store." I called a local farm & agriculture store, and was able to purchase Rooto household drain opener. The label says 100% lye. I am waiting on the MSDS from Rooto to confirm this. But...try a farm/ag store!
Thanks to all the East Texas folks for posting where they are finding Lye.
I'm just a little West of Palestine so kind of in between New Caney, TX & Jacksonville, TX.
Just reading a lot about making soap haven't tried it yet ...
But will be growing Loofas this year and want to make loofa soap.
If you purchase a case or more at Ace Hardware they will give you a 10% discount. If you're looking to purchase larger amounts (50 lb. bags) go to Google and search for "sodium hydroxide chemical company (your state)". You may have to show them a tax ID number.
Its understandable how someone may prefer to pick up their products, but in this occasion, Lye is mostly only available on the internet anymore and on that note if you havent had any luck at your local stores, you may want to visit www.essentialdepot.com, i buy my lye from them because its so simple to order, and its delivered quickly!
Hey everyone, id love to hear what great concoctions you guys are coming up with, i know lye is used for many things, if you have any cool recipes or or soap making tips and hints please feel free to share them with me, im always lookin for new ideas and tweaks on recipes.
Bulk Apothecary is my hero. It's VERY reasonably priced (probably unbeatable, actually. Whether you're buying by the pound locally, or online).
But if you're just getting started and don't know that you want to commit to eight pounds of lye at the outset, you could also try Soapgoods.com. https://www.soapgoods.com/product_info.php?products_id=593 The price-per-pound on their lye is not as good, but they have all sorts of goodies and they sell in smaller quantities. They also have VERY nice shipping policies. The rates aren't too high, and it gets to you quickly.
I have never had good luck finding lye locally, so I ALWAYS order mine online.