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Lye is a caustic, alkaline chemical that is useful for many purposes but also is hazardous. Best summer cocktails for a crowd It can dissolve sticky substances such as fat and has a high degree of reactivity with other materials. Great cocktails with vodka Modern lye typically is the chemical sodium hydroxide, but potassium hydroxide was once the chemical compound that was commonly used.


Classic 1920 cars Whether in a flake, granular or liquid form, it is very dangerous and can cause damage to surfaces and people. Classic 1920s cocktails Despite its hazardous nature, it is used in many common household products, such as laundry detergent and oven cleaner, and is even used to cure foods such as pretzels, green olives and mandarin oranges. Top 10 cocktails for women Production

Sodium hydroxide is created using a chemical reaction between soda, or sodium carbonate, and calcium hydroxide, or lime. Cheap cocktails for a crowd In raw form, it is made into solid flakes, chips or grains. Classic radio flyer wagon Chemical suppliers provide sodium hydroxide to manufacturers for use in the making of a wide variety of products, such as fabric, paper, hand soap, metal polishers and drain de-cloggers.

Before the modern manufacture of lye, people were able to make it out of raw materials. Classic radio fm For thousands of years, people have used types of lye for making soap and tanning hides. Classic radio shows They burned certain hardwoods at a very high temperature to make white ashes. Classic radio repair Water, mixed with a bit of baking soda, then was used to penetrate the ashes and remove the lye that they contained. Classic radio When the ashes were filtered out, the water would hold enough lye for purposes such as dissolving the fat left on animal furs or mixing with other ingredients to make body soap. Classic radio commercials Dangers

This is one of many poisonous products that can be found in homes and that should be kept out of the reach of children and used only as directed. Easy cocktails to make at home For example, a person should carefully follow the directions to clean sterling silver with a lye-based polish, because even the fumes can be dangerous. Easy cocktails with malibu rum Lye-based products such as drain de-cloggers and paint stripper should never be used without proper air circulation.

Caustic lye products pose other dangers to surfaces. Classic bathroom They can dissolve substances to the user’s advantage, such as hair clogs in a shower drain, as well as to the user’s detriment, such as the adjacent shower curtain. Classic bathroom vanity In fact, these products can damage and corrode paint, metal, cloth, plastic and especially skin. Classic bathroom tile It can be so reactive that, in its solid form, it should be kept away from metals, such as aluminum, and the open air. Classic bathroom designs pictures It usually is non-combustible when dry, but it could ignite and cause a fire when mixed with water.

You should have used limes under the cabin! It is not caustic like lye, nor as dangerous. Best craft cocktails in chicago Lime can be used on your lawn to turn acidic soil to alkaline soil. Best place for cocktails in san francisco Make sense? I believe it would have neutralized the odor, and the next person going under there would feel a lot safer!

If a person uses lye and oil to kill groundhogs, can it kill my cats? I don’t know what kind of oil is being used but she said she was using lye. Classic radio fm kenya One of my cats has already passed and now another is sick.

How does lye react to different metals? Which metals can withstand it and which cannot? What other substances will dissolve when in constant contact with it. Classic radio fm uk Example: 1 tablespoon lye, 1 pint water; or 1 tablespoon lye and 1 quart water with a 12-volt charge running through it.

Lye is used every day in homemade soaps and even more so in the preparation of pretzels. Classic radio fm online Pretzels are dipped down into a lye solution of lye and water, and when baked, these pretzels have a crispier, more appealing crust to them.

I would like to make a quick correction to whoever was “anon177560” Lye is Lye, whether in powder form, liquid form or in micro beads, and when in contact with your skin it still burns! As a matter of fact, a liquid lye solution such as lye that has been mixed with a pint or quart or gallon of water will have a slightly weaker effect on skin since it is diluted! Lye in a powder form is in its strongest form! It is concentrated at that point.

I had a sewer pipe leak under my cabin. Old 1920 cars We did not know about it until a lot of raw sewage leaked out. Best cocktails with gin The leak has been repaired. Easy cocktails with gin However, now that the weather has turned hot it smells bad. Classic radio club of boston Will sprinkling lye over the raw sewage get rid of the odor?

Lye is a chemical when its mixed with water it can cause chemical burns because of the reaction it has. Classic radio jingles lye is a base and is neutralized by an acid, vinegar. Classic rock radio online free When Lye is in powder form it is completely harmless until it comes in contact with water.

Lye is a chemical and when mixed with another chemical becomes something else. Classic country music radio online free This may sound obvious but it would also answer several questions on here.

Lye in the making of soap, preparing a hide for tanning, and questions of danger to human tissue, is due to its denaturing qualities; it has the ability to disassociate the hydrophobic residues of bilaminar phospholipid bilayers, found in animal(including human) tissue.

Therefore, one is left with a hydrophilic and hydrophobic end, which is the principle behind soap as the hydrophilic end sticks to water and the hydrophobic end sticks to our skin bringing the water in closer contact.

Once lye is in a different solution it is a different solution or suspension. Classic country radio online free And therefore danger or safety would be based on the substrate. American classic bathroom vanity Hope this helps.

Therefore to make a solution of pH 12 in 1 liter of water you would need 0.4 g of NaOH.

is lye soap made w/pig lard OK to be absorbed into our bodies? what about the bad effects of pig fat, the antibiotics and hormones given to these pigs? Way back when, they fed pigs a proper diet w/out chemicals.

You can understand what lye is if you understand a few simple concepts about acids and bases. Classic bathroom vanity cabinets Lye is just the common word for NaOH, sodium hydroxide, the strongest base. Modern classic bathroom designs This is the opposite chemical of HCl, hydrochloric acid, the strongest mineral acid. Best summer cocktails 2016 When mixed together they make simple salt water, but when concentrated as either acid or base, they are very dangerous to health. Best new cocktails 2016 Both will attack and kill every living cell they come in contact with. Best fall cocktails 2016 However, HCl and NaOH have good uses around the house owing to this chemical energy.

HCl is useful for dissolving metals and some salts. Best cocktails of 2016 They sell it at garden stores to use for cleaning concrete. Best bathroom designs pictures You can also use it to

remove rust from iron. Best cocktails with ginger ale (after which you should immediately wash then dry it)

NaOH is useful because it attacks oils and makes them soluble in water. Classic radio shows online free The principal use for NaOH is to add it to fat in measured quantities to make soap. Classic radio shows mp3 Soap is a wonderful chemical; intermediate between the highly reactive NaOH and the neutral H20, (water) it helps oils dissolve in water without being overly destructive to skin. Classic radio shows on cd After all, you don’t want your skin chemically attacked when you clean it, you just want the dirt and oil to be made soluble so the water can wash them off. Used bathroom sinks and vanities Try going a day without soap and see how much cleaning power water alone has.

The only reason to use NaOH directly is for very challenging cleaning jobs, where you want the total chemical energy available to dissolve fats. Old radio commercials I’m using a little bit right now added to a deep frying tub. Classic bathroom floor tile patterns The caustic NaOH will attack those stubborn fats and turn them into soap, which I will be able to wash out later. Classic bathroom tile designs However, the same chemical can turn my skin and subcutaneous fat to soap, which is where the danger is. Classic bathroom floor tile Gloves are a must.

If you ever get any NaOH or HCl on your skin, you shouldn’t waste time trying to neutralize with vinegar (for NaOH) or baking soda, (for HCl) but instead run the affected part of your body under continuous warm water for 5 minutes. Best craft cocktails in las vegas Your best hope is to wash away all of the remaining chemical. Classic bathroom tile design ideas If taken internally the same rule applies. Classic bathroom tile ideas Drink as much water as possible to dilute the chemical, then seek emergency medical attention.

Sodium Hydroxide (lye), is a common ingredient found in lots of things-like toothpaste! Just because in it’s purest form it is dangerous doesn’t mean it can’t be used in weakened form to be helpful. Classic bathroom tile patterns In cosmetics, it’s commonly used as a ph-balancing agent. Recipes using vermouth Because it is so alkaline, a little bit in an acid-based solution balances out the ingredients and makes products more pleasant and stable.

It’s a common misnomer among hairdressers that lye is in Johnson’s Baby Shampoo which is just crap. Drinks using vermouth I did some research into NaOH when they threw that old wives’ tale at me. Drinks using sweet vermouth 🙂 It’s a safe and effective solvent, softener, and ph-balancing ingredient in the correct amount.

I was hoping to find more information on the subject here, but I’m happy to share what I know so far!

In pretzels, rolls, noodles, etc. Recipes using sweet vermouth not a lot of lye is used. Best cocktails to make at home (A strong base, kansui, is used in making ramen. Easy holiday cocktails with vodka It gives the noodles its characteristic yellow color.) In Asian cooking, especially in desert making, lye water is called for and is used by the teaspoon in a lot of recipes. Easy halloween cocktails with vodka As for lutefish, lye seems to be used in the drying process, and to make the fish suitable for consumption, the fish must be bathed several times in clean water.

What would be more interesting to know is what pH range could be considered safe for consumption. Easy fruity cocktails with vodka Strong acids and bases have their hazards, but I imagine that during the cooking process the pH and chemical composition of the finished product changes drastically.

In regard to the soapmaking… Easy summer cocktails with vodka when lye is used to make soap it undergoes a chemical reaction. Easy to make cocktails with vodka There is no longer lye, it is soap. Easy christmas cocktails with vodka This is why you should let your cold process soaps sit for up to 7 weeks though, so this chemical reaction can complete. Simple drinks Hope this helps you.

Martha, I gotta ask… Simple drinks with vodka if you were sprinkling the lye because of the smell from the dead rodents, and you were able to actually sprinkle the lye over the whole area including the carcasses… Simple drinks with tequila would it not have been just about as effective to remove the carcasses?

Many of the questions posted show very little knowledge of chemistry. Simple drinks to order at a bar When the lye which is poisonous reacts chemically with another substance a new substance with different properties are formed. Simple drinks made with brandy For example — poisonous, caustic lye (sodium hydroxide) and poisonous, caustic hydrochloric acid when mixed together form sodium chloride which is also commonly called table salt which is neither caustic nor poisonous — in fact you SHOULD eat some daily.

Re: Lye under the log cabin: Thanks for the warning on the lye. Simple drinks with rum I’ll be sure to post a warning on the hatch door, just in case someone has to go under there. Simple drinks to make with tequila (You’re right- there is plumbing in the crawl space) If all goes well, no one will be down there for a long, long, long time.

In regard to sprinkling lye under the old cabin, I am a plumber and have had several very very unpleasant experiences with lye under a building. Simple mixed drinks with tequila professional flood restoration companies cannot use lye for that purpose because of the hazards associated with inhaling lye. Easy drinks with tequila Someday a plumber, electrician cable guy etc.. Best summer cocktails with vodka is going to have to deal with it being there. Best drinks to order at a bar for girls Please inform them before they do.

just ordered 2 lbs. Best drinks to order at a bar of lye to sprinkle in the crawl space of an old log cabin where mice and rodents have gone to die- hoping to get rid of the odor. Easy mixed drinks with tequila No one ever goes down there. Easy to make mixed drinks with tequila It’s a dirt floor. Easy to make drinks with tequila Do I need to be concerned about anything? The lye would be exposed to air, dirt, and rodent carcasses. Easy drinks to make with tequila Since it is under the cabin, do I need to worry about fumes, or dust coming up into the air of the cabin? Should I mix it with water before I sprinkle it? What do you think?

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