Apr 22, 2020

Convert Baking Soda to Lye

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# Lye is used in many different household processes. Bagels, drain cleaner, soaps, and pesticides contain lye. You can turn your household baking soda into lye.CautionsThis process involves high temperatures and a toxic product. Please use gloves and eye protection. Make sure to clean your work space and neutralize all items used in the process. The product of this reaction, Lye, also known as sodium hydroxide is toxic. This is a chemical used in pesticides and drain cleaner. Sodium hydroxide, solid potassium hydroxide, solutions containing high concentrations of sodium hydroxide, and/or solutions containing high concentrations of potassium hydroxide may cause chemical burns, permanent injury or scarring, and blindness.You MUST use eye protection and gloves while handling lye. Never pour water into lye, instead pour your lye into water to better control the reaction. Lye heats up very hot in water, therefore use caution when combining your ingredients. If using lye to clean a drain, do not hover over the drain, keep your face away from the drain and be careful of splash back from the reaction. I am making lye for the use in soap.To neutralize cups, pans, spoons, and anything else that has had contact with the lye mix together water and vinegar. Mix enough to cover the bowls and utensils you are cleaning. If you are disposing of the lye you can mix it with distilled water and pour it down the drain. If you are unsure in your specific area, you can contact your local waste management services. Now that you know how to handle Lye and how to clean up, here is how to produce the lye.The baking soda to lye ratio is 3 to 1. This means every 1oz of lye will need 3 oz of baking soda. For a recipe of soap it takes about one box of baking soda. If you don’t have the time or patience, I recommend checking out the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide method. https://ift.tt/2KsMNNW
# Spread baking soda in a thin layer across a large baking sheet. Make sure your baking sheet does not have rubber handles and is safe for high heats. Stainless steel, carbon steel, cast iron, enameled cast iron are perfect for high heat cooking.
# Lock your oven. Most ovens will not start the self cleaning mode unless you have it locked but make sure that anyone who may go to open the oven is aware of the heat. It will not be safe to open the oven during the self cleaning process because the temperature will be too high.
# Start your ovens self cleaning mode. This should take about 3 to four hours. Making lye is a whole day’s event so clear your schedules. Keep yourself busy while the baking soda heats. It needs to have enough time to burn off the carbonic acid and leave the NaOH behind. Make sure to stay near the oven for fire safety.It is normal to have white powder dust your vent. Treat this powder as lye because even though it is mostly baking soda it can still contain partials of lye. You will need to wipe down the inside of your oven after it cools as well as your vent.
# Let the tray sit inside the oven for another hour after the end of the cleaning cycle. This will allow the pan to cool enough to pick up with an oven mitt.
# Transfer your powdered lye into a safe container. A glass jar or thick plastic tubberware will work. Label this tub and never use it to store food after containing the lye.
# Clean all of your materials. Wash all of your utensils down in a vinegar-water solution. Wipe down your workspace and clean the inside of your oven. Be thorough in cleaning your kitchen to ensure a safe environment.You are now ready to use your powdered lye. Remember all your safety rules. I hope this was helpful!

== Tips ==
* Make sure your storage container is sealed tight and kept in a safe place . It is a dangerous chemical and should be respected as such.

== Warnings ==
* This process involves high temperatures
* Lye, also known as sodium hydroxide is toxic.
* May cause chemical burns, permanent injury or scarring, and blindness if not handled correctly

== References ==
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