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Soap and Candle-making: Where do you buy lye?

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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.

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.

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.
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.
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 12, 2008
4:12 PM

Post #4528242


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
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 15, 2008
11:07 PM

Post #4543649

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 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.

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.

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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.
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.

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.

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