- 1 Does lye react with ceramic?
- 2 What containers are safe for lye?
- 3 Can you make soap in an enamel pot?
- 4 Does lye melt plastic?
- 5 What does lye do to dead bodies?
- 6 What will lye eat through?
- 7 Can I mix lye and water in stainless steel?
- 8 Does lye eat through PVC?
- 9 Does vinegar neutralize lye?
- 10 Can you make soap in an aluminum pot?
- 11 What are the raw materials needed for making soap?
- 12 Can you make soap in stainless steel?
- 13 Can you pour lye down the drain?
- 14 Can I store lye water?
- 15 Can you use lye in a toilet?
Does lye react with ceramic?
Lye will react with metals such as aluminum, cast iron and steel. It should be stored and mixed in ceramic, stoneware, glass or heat-resistant plastic containers. Glass should be used with caution because it may break due to the heat released when lye reacts.
What containers are safe for lye?
High density polyethylene (HDPE, recycling code #2) and polypropylene (PP, recycling code #5) are best. Containers with these codes have excellent resistance to lye up to the maximum 50% concentration.
Can you make soap in an enamel pot?
Soap MUST be made in either a cast iron or enameled pot. Stir lye into water until it is dissolved well. Then add the grease and stir it for 20 minutes. If you don’t have soap moulds, you can pour it into an enameled baking pan, and let it harden overnight.
Does lye melt plastic?
Lye and raw soap batter should not come in contact with utensils made of or coated with Teflon, aluminum, copper and their alloys, iron, tin, and plastic foams because strong alkalis react with these materials by destroying or melting them.
What does lye do to dead bodies?
A body is submerged in a solution of heated water and lye. After a matter of hours, everything but the bones dissolve into a liquid made up of water, salt and other components safe enough to go down the drain. The remaining bone fragments can be crushed into ash for scattering, burial or memorialization.
What will lye eat through?
Lye. Lye, known to scientists as “sodium hydroxide,” is an extremely caustic base. Remember high school chemistry? Bases are the opposite of acids, but just as powerful at dissolving things like hair, grease, and bits of food.
Can I mix lye and water in stainless steel?
Lye does not react to stainless steel.
Does lye eat through PVC?
Reactions of Lye and PVC Since lye is so basic and caustic, it can harm PVC piping. The chemical should not react with the surface of the PVC piping, but if used incorrectly at high concentrations, it could eat away at a crack or flaw in the piping, causing it to fail.
Does vinegar neutralize lye?
Vinegar can neutralize lye, but in doing so it generates heat as a by-product. We don’t want that reaction happening anywhere on our counter tops, floors, and definitely not the skin. There are safer ways to neutralize lye spills when making soap, my friend, so read on.
Can you make soap in an aluminum pot?
If you are making hot or cold process soap, do not use aluminum, tin, or any other metal except for stainless steel. Sodium hydroxide reacts with these metals and contact with them will release dangerous hydrogen gas. Avoid this by sticking to silicone, sturdy plastic, glass or stainless steel.
What are the raw materials needed for making soap?
Raw materials. The raw material needed for making soap are fats (oil, grease or butter), alkaline, water and secondary products (salt, additive colors, scents etc.). The natural fats used for soap making are triglycerol, which is an ester from an alcohol triple, glycerol with linear carbonic acid chains (fatty acid).
Can you make soap in stainless steel?
Two of the most commonly used materials in soap making are stainless steel and polypropylene. Stainless steel (304) is A-rated and has a melting point above 2552F/1400C. I think it is safe to say that our stainless-steel mixing bowls won’t melt during hot process soap making!
Can you pour lye down the drain?
Lye: Lye is typically used as a disinfectant and in soap-making, but you can also use it to unclog a drain. Carefully pour several teaspoonfuls of lye directly into the drain. Pour a small amount of water down after it.
Can I store lye water?
Beside above, how do you store lye water? Lye should be stored in air-tight plastic containers made of HDPE. The containers should be labeled to indicate the potential danger of the contents and stored away from children, pets, heat, and moisture.
Can you use lye in a toilet?
Lye is used to clean and unclog drains, including those in toilets. It is used in soapmaking and for cleaning and opening drains. If your toilet becomes clogged, sprinkling a small amount of lye in the toilet will help unclog it. Before using lye, carefully read the manufacturer’s instructions for use of the product.