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Lye soap gets bum rap!
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Bkeepr    Posted 02-24-2005 at 04:11:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tried some lye soap about two months ago, just for grins. Have been using it for handwashing all that time. Well, about a week ago, I tried it in the shower, too. I have very dry skin in the wintertime, and usually have to switch to a "moisturizing soap" (I normally use Ivory in the summer) to keep from flaking away during the cold and windy weather.

But not only am I not having a problem with the lye soap, I seem to be much better than I am even using "Dove". This stuff cleans well, doesn't seem to dry me out, and a bar lasts forever.

So what's the deal? How come lye soap has such a bad reputation? This stuff is great, I may switch for good.

Tom A

Alias    Posted 02-24-2005 at 04:57:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tom, Mom made lye soap when I was a boy and we used it for dang near every thing. I bathed in a an old wash tub and used it extensively. And, I never suffered any ill side effects. in fact, it may have been entirely responsible for my clear, acne free, unblemished, face. I know that after using it my face always felf silky smooth. ...gfp

Salmoneye    Posted 02-24-2005 at 04:22:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
"How come lye soap has such a bad reputation?"

I didn't know it did...

I only know one nice old French Canadian woman that makes it any more and you had better have your order in a year ahead...

The single best thing to use if you get in poison ivy...Wash immediately and then if/when the rash errupts...

Dieselrider    Posted 02-24-2005 at 05:50:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Does anyone have a recipe for it and where do you get the lye anymore?

Salmoneye    Posted 02-24-2005 at 06:50:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
I still use Lye for drains...

Brand name is Red Devil and it is (as Tom Says) available in Hardware and grocery stores in the drain cleaner section...

Also available on the net...

Apparently...    Posted 02-24-2005 at 07:06:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
According to this site:

Red Devil is no longer pure sodium hydroxide and is not recommended for soap making...

I should also add that the MSDS for Lewis Red Devil Lye mentions no other ingredients...Neither does the container of it that I have downstairs...Maybe that site is incorrect??? (I think they are wrong)...

Bkeepr    Posted 02-24-2005 at 06:02:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Have a recipe at home, if nobody posts before me, I'll post tonight. Also, I think there are several recipes in the archives on this site, including one for extracting your own lye from wood ash.

Once I started looking, I've found commercial lye in many hardware stores (the old fashioned type store, not the chains) and some food markets. It is sold for clearing drains...the ingredients will list only lye. I think I paid about two bucks for a plastic can of it.

Tom A

around my way, at least    Posted 02-24-2005 at 04:44:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
everyone says how harsh it is, and it's no good for kids and it smells bad...I'd have tried it years ago if I had heard anything good. Not really sure why I tried it this time, but I'm glad I did.


HOGMAN    Posted 02-24-2005 at 08:00:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Who gave it a bad name? Outfits like Proctor & Gamble who wanted to sell You soap. Heres where age becomes knowledge,not often but on occassion.
Time was when most Familys made a years supply of soap each Fall right along with Hog butchern,Millions of potential customers that tha manufaturers were missin. So, have advertisin skits makin fun of Gramaws lye Soap,old time movies, anywhere users of Lye Soap could be ridiculed They were. "Only Hayseeds" used Lye Soap! Hurrah for P&G and Their strange ways.

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