Re: [SCA-Herbalist] Period Soaps
- Yes there is a form of lye for gardening, you can also make it. Me I simply go to the grocery store into the cleaning isle and buy "red devil". It run's me about $3.00 and I can get many batches from it. It is rather grainy, sort of like a thin crystal rock salt. I find its density makes it measure well and easier to use.Isabella
Does anyone know where I could find such a thing? Someone told me that it
is commonly used in gardening nowadays - is this correct?
- Thanks :)I even proof read that twice and never noticed I missed "burn". Nor that I used to wrong darn term.
all the darn times I have made soap, you would think I could get that right :) My evil scientist hubby laughs at me for such silly screw ups.As an FYI for folks looking to buy some of the safety stuff cheap, try a dollar store. I picked up a shower curtain (to cover my tables) rubber gloves, eye goggles, and lots of other plastic bowls and things real cheap.I know, its not a period way to make soap, using all the plastic, but it sure makes clean up easier :)Isabella>Its more like an acidic thing.
No lye is alkaline, the opposite of acid
It is however caustic, ie it will give you ALKALI burns
> It is most certainly not something I would choose to use for soap
That is why it is important to sure soap or you will hurt yours self
It is also important to wear appropriate safety equipment when making it
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- actualy it is alkaline, the oposite of an acid. a ph of 7 is neutural, lower is acidic, higher is alkaline. so if you have an acid spill clean up with an base (alkaline compound, baking soda) and if you have an alkaline spill, clean up with acid (vineger).btw, not trying to nitpick, but these are handy chemistry safety tips.also, a GOOD pair of eye protection, preferably non vented or splashproof vents (lab style) can save you. i have my left eye due to same (splash when mixing holography developing bleach, sulfuric acid & brate) even mild chemicals can permanantly damage your eyes very quickly, scars on the hands no big deal, the eyes.....jason----- Original Message -----From: Theresa BrooksSent: Saturday, January 31, 2004 7:26 AMSubject: Re: [SCA-Herbalist] Period SoapsIts more like an acidic thing.
- A new folder has been added to the files section of the group on
soap making. It is actually pretty simple and rather old but thought
it could be handy to those new in soap making just the same.
- I'm curious... how is it used for gardening?
> Yes there is a form of lye for gardening, you can also make it. MeI simply go to the grocery store into the cleaning isle and buy "red
devil". It run's me about $3.00 and I can get many batches from it.
It is rather grainy, sort of like a thin crystal rock salt. I find
its density makes it measure well and easier to use.
>me that it
> For many soap recipes, I am seeing the need for lye.
> Does anyone know where I could find such a thing? Someone told
> is commonly used in gardening nowadays - is this correct?
- I suspect as a remediation for very acidic soils. But I can think of other
ways... potash comes to mind... <shrugs> this is off the top of the head
and a serious gardener will probably be able to give better info.
At 05:19 PM 2/2/04 +0000, you wrote:
> I'm curious... how is it used for gardening?