SOAP INGREDIENTS: SODIUM HYDROXIDE (CAUSTIC SODA/LYE)

Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
  • Lye is corrosive – it will burn skin, stain fabric, strip wood surfaces, can cause blindness and can be fatal if swallowed
  • MIX LYE INTO WATER (not water into lye, which creates a caustic volcano)
  • Use a Soap Lye Calculatorhttp://soapcalc.net/calc/SoapCalcWP.asp
  • Lye water splashed on fabric will eat through clothing and burn skin, creating painful sores
  • Spilled lye water on yourself: remove clothing, wash under cold running water for 15mins+
  • Wipe benches down with vinegar to remove lye dust when cleaning up
  • ALWAYS wear safety goggles!!! Face shield is even better
  • ALWAYS wear chemical-resistant gloves, long sleeved clothing, pants and enclosed shoes
  • ALWAYS mix lye into water in a VENTILATED area and don’t breathe in fumes
  • ALWAYS cover your bench with lots of newspaper and/or cardboard
  • UNSURE about a lye burn? GO TO THE HOSPITAL IMMEDIATELY

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