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chick-chick
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Liz
New Britain CT
USA
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Posted - Mar 11 2011 :  7:21:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm sure this question has been asked before, but I can't find the answer so I'm gonna ask again, Where do you ladies buy lye for soap making? I have found acouple of places but it seems like you have to buy ALOT at a time and I only need a little ( I don't have anybody that would want to share it with me)and I'd like to know that I'm buying from a reputable place.
Thanks and I'll keep searching for some reciepes
Liz

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Mar 12 2011 :  04:26:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have gotten it from Texas Natural Supply. Menards now carries it again, in our neck of the woods.

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Bonnie Ellis
True Blue Farmgirl

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Bonnie
Minneapolis Minnesota
USA
862 Posts

Posted - Mar 14 2011 :  7:28:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I get mine at the grocery store. It is used for cleaning drains. Good luck and have fun making soap. Bonnie

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LakeOntarioFarmgirl
True Blue Farmgirl

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Brenda
North Rose NY
USA
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Posted - Mar 15 2011 :  03:03:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Liz try your local grocery stores first- although ours don't carry it anymore, in some states they still do. Also, try hardware stores. Do you have True Value?
I believe that I got my last cans from either Tractor Supply or Country Max.
And, I am about to go to our local mennonite bulk food/farm market/fabric store to stock up. They just got a shipment in, and it doesn't last long.
Just keep looking locally. Sometimes some of the older, smaller mom and pop grocery stores are the easiest place to find it.

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Cherime
True Blue Farmgirl

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Cherime
Wasilla Alaska
USA
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Posted - Mar 16 2011 :  10:00:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
you do know that in a real pinch if you pour water through a container of wood ashes, the stuff that you drain out a hole in the bottom of the container is lye. That's a really old fashioned way of getting it. Something my Dad's grandma used to use.

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vegetarian farmer
True Blue Farmgirl

249 Posts

Jane
Freedom pa
USA
249 Posts

Posted - Mar 16 2011 :  10:05:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I get mine at Lehmans. They charge extra to ship the sodium Hydroxide, but it the stuff for making soap. You have to make sure the lye for cleaning drains doesn't contain other ingredients. It should be 100% sodium Hydroxide. This is something you want to be 100% sure on.

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chick-chick
True Blue Farmgirl

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Liz
New Britain CT
USA
322 Posts

Posted - Mar 16 2011 :  3:20:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Ladies I'll keep looking and try your suggestions!
Liz

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OneHippieChick
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195 Posts

Susan
Huntsville AL
USA
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Posted - May 11 2011 :  07:10:03 AM  Show Profile  Send OneHippieChick a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Foodland and some Ace Hardware's carry it in the smaller quantities.

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karla
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karla
Pella Iowa
USA
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Posted - May 11 2011 :  08:08:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I got my last ones at Lowe's/ The ones I got at the grocery store had an flakey additive to it that did not make good soap. Just an FYI.

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countrymommy85
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Krystle
Polson MT
USA
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Posted - May 11 2011 :  08:57:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I found some at Menards in the drain cleaning section of their cleaner aisle. They only sell it in 1 pound containers as far as I could tell. I also found some at Tractor Supply. I haven't tried my grocery store yet since I can get it at those places. The lye at TSC is cheaper than at Menards.

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angela
martinsville indiana
USA
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Posted - May 12 2011 :  11:21:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I found mine at the hardware store. They carry 100% lye for drain cleaning.

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sunflowercritters
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Debra
Springfield Maine
USA
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Posted - May 12 2011 :  2:06:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
All that I have read said to stay away from lye for drains...pure lye is better for you then all the chemicals that is in the one's that clean your drains. It is better to stay more natural for your skin.
I order my lye at snowdrifts


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naturemaiden
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Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
USA
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Posted - Aug 09 2011 :  12:35:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I always use AAA: here is a direct link: http://www.aaa-chemicals.com/sodium-hydroxide.html

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woolgirl
True Blue Farmgirl

900 Posts

Elizabeth
Great Lakes IL
USA
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Posted - Aug 09 2011 :  1:01:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for that link Connie!

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fiddlegirl89
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Kayla
Dunnville KY
USA
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Posted - Aug 10 2011 :  08:00:54 AM  Show Profile  Send fiddlegirl89 an AOL message  Send fiddlegirl89 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
My mom makes soap and she orders from http://www.essentialdepot.com/. She's a careful price shopper so I think that's the cheapest she's found.

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walkinwalkoutcattle
True Blue Farmgirl

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Megan
Paint Lick KY
USA
1675 Posts

Posted - Aug 11 2011 :  1:48:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am so excited! I'm going to the extension office tonight to take a soapmaking class! We're using lye (Cold process) and I can't WAIT to learn how to do it!

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woolgirl
True Blue Farmgirl

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Elizabeth
Great Lakes IL
USA
900 Posts

Posted - Aug 11 2011 :  2:23:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jealous like waaaaaay jealous Megan. Our extension office doesn't do much from what I have seen or heard. Humpf. :(

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countrymommy85
True Blue Farmgirl

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Krystle
Polson MT
USA
836 Posts

Posted - Jan 20 2013 :  1:01:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just bought some "Kleen- Out 100% Lye from BetterBilt CHemicals" today in a one pound container since the stuff that I normally bought is sold out and discontinued. I tried looking it up online and they don't even list the lye Kleen Out on their website. They went to some sulfuric acid stuff. I'm wondering if this stuff is old and once they sell out that is it or what. Anyone have any experience with this brand for soap making? Thanks!

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kysheeplady
True Blue Farmgirl

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Teri
KY
USA
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Posted - Jan 20 2013 :  2:27:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
get mine from the lye guy. always has great sales.
https://www.thelyeguy.com/store.php


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chick-chick
True Blue Farmgirl

322 Posts

Liz
New Britain CT
USA
322 Posts

Posted - Feb 02 2013 :  10:51:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'll have to try the lye guy. Thanks

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ptroupe
True Blue Farmgirl

1089 Posts

Portia
Johnson City NY
USA
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Posted - Feb 03 2013 :  5:35:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just bought some Friday at an ACE Hardware store here in upstate NY.

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Wildcrafter
True Blue Farmgirl

340 Posts

Suzanne
Burlington WA
USA
340 Posts

Posted - Feb 04 2013 :  06:53:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You can request the hardware or big box hardware stores to bring it in.

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FARMALLChick
True Blue Farmgirl

838 Posts

Lora
Alexandria IN
USA
838 Posts

Posted - Feb 08 2013 :  12:13:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Menards has it, if you have one close or as previously suggested, most hardware stores have it.


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FieldsofThyme
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USA
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Posted - May 14 2013 :  04:01:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I get mine at Menard's for under $5.00/each (plumbing/drain aisles).

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Dare2BUniquelyMe
Farmgirl in Training

19 Posts

Sherrilyn
Lake Tapps Washington
USA
19 Posts

Posted - Sep 14 2013 :  6:36:33 PM  Show Profile  Send Dare2BUniquelyMe an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I used to get Red Devil brand from my local grocery store when I was in Georgia. I haven't seen any locally, but the chemical store online should have some.

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