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Where To Buy Sodium Hydroxide or Lye

By March 29, 2014

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Sodium Hydroxide or LyeSodium hydroxide (NaOH) or lye is a common ingredient in many science projects, particularly chemistry experiments, and to make homemade soap and wine. It's also a caustic chemical, so it's not as easy to find in stores as it used to be. Some shops carry it as Red Devil lye with laundry supplies. It's also found, usually in impure form, in solid drain cleaners. Craft stores carry lye for soapmaking. There is also food-grade sodium hydroxide, sold in some specialty cooking stores.

You can fine sodium hydroxide online. You can purchase it at Amazon as sodium hydroxide or lye. Pure lye drain opener, caustic soda, and pure or food grade sodium hydroxide. Depending on your project, you may be able to substitute potassium hydroxide (KOH), which has similar chemical properties and is easier to find. However, these two chemicals aren't the same, so if make the substitution, expect slightly different results.

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August 15, 2013 at 11:58 pm
(1) pildoras para agrandar el miembro says:

Thanks for sharing your thoughts about red devil lye. Regards

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