“Wait a minute… sodium hydroxide?? Isn’t that LYE????”
We’re so glad you brought that up… Yes, sodium hydroxide (NaOH) is also commonly known as “lye”. All soap contains sodium hydroxide (and/or potassium hydroxide). By it’s very definition, soap is, “A cleansing agent, manufactured in bars, granules, flakes, or liquid form, made from a mixture of the sodium salts of various fatty acids of natural oils and fats.” (answers.com). Sodium hydroxide is used in lots of things, including foods you eat on a regular basis-- olives, pretzels, and Chinese noodles all utilize lye in their preparation.
“But my soap doesn’t have lye in it…”
If your “soap” doesn’t contain lye you either 1) don’t have soap at all, you have detergent 2) you have soap and the label is missing a key ingredient or 3) the label could possibly refer to the lye in a different…
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