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BronxBoy
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 11, 2008
8:05 PM

Post #4524800

I've been to several supermarkets and Home Depot and can't find it.

BB
pashsoapmakers
Plant City, FL

February 11, 2008
9:28 PM

Post #4525066

Like you I couldn't find it anywhere. I order mine frm Camden-Grey in Miami, I understand you can get it at Columbus foods in Chicago too.
Sharon

























pinkpoodlegirl
Rock Hill, SC
(Zone 7b)

February 12, 2008
12:20 AM

Post #4525749

Lye is used to make meth so in most places you can't find it in the stores anymore. I am lucky and my mom is still able to buy it locally so she will buy it for me but they stopped selling it here a couple years ago.

You can find it online but it is much more expensive.
jylgaskin
Williamsburg, MI
(Zone 4b)

February 12, 2008
4:05 PM

Post #4528212

Google it, you will find several places, you can also get it from a bee supply place called Betterbee. I think they have a website. I bought it online the last couple of years and saved LOTS of money since I can buy it in 5 to 10 bags. I've even gotten it off ebay when I was in a hurry at a price cheaper than buying it by the can. Sometimes Farm supply places can get it, but often only in HUGE bags. Just check around. If you only want a small ammount, go ebay.
BronxBoy
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 12, 2008
4:12 PM

Post #4528242

Thanks

pandora125
Symsonia, KY
(Zone 6b)

February 15, 2008
8:17 PM

Post #4542995

look in your locally owned hardware stores in the plumbing section. be sure to check the label to see that it is 100% lye with no metals added
BronxBoy
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 15, 2008
11:07 PM

Post #4543649

Thanks
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

February 23, 2008
5:18 AM

Post #4576112

I get mine locally from a chemical company. I bought 40 pounds at one time, which is the only way you can buy it, I split it with another soap maker, b ut I have bought lye off the net from snowdriftfarm.com ifyou buy it 2 pounds at a time youdon't have to pay the hazmat fee. If you buy more than that, you have to pay like 75.00 for the hazmat fee.

soaper1218
Gulf Breeze, FL

October 21, 2008
5:38 PM

Post #5699741

Try the chemistry store dot com. They have 2 lb and 50 lb buckets.

Steve
Soap Making Guide & Free Recipes
http://www.colebrothers.com/soap

This message was edited Oct 21, 2008 11:39 AM
SouthpawPatty
Fayette, MO

November 17, 2008
11:25 AM

Post #5800156

I get mine at Ace Hardware store. It's in the same place in the store as the drain cleaners. It's in a white bottle called "ROOTO household drain opener". The name Rooto is small on the bottle so you may have to look close to see it. It's the only store I can find it in around here.
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

November 17, 2008
1:09 PM

Post #5800328

I don't buy mine on line any more, get it locally. 50# bag at a time, Still cheaper than buying on line even if i have to buy that much at a time.

jcoats123
Payson, AZ
(Zone 7a)

December 4, 2008
6:18 AM

Post #5857099

LYE...I checked out Ace Hardware for lye and this is what I found. Price was $3.85 for a can. I had just ordered two cans from Summer's Past in San Diego and paid $25.00, quite a difference. That price was for shipping also. Notice carefully, the can says 100% lye.
Hope this helps you soap makers, as it certainly does me. And thanks to the person who said check out Ace.
Blessings,
JoAnne

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