Originally Posted By Ridgerunner9876:
You mean you can't go to Lowes or Walmart and buy Red Devil lye anymore? It's a drain cleaner.
Anyway, you could make it yourself. You percolate water through a good quantity of hardwood ashes. It makes lye PLENTY strong enough for soap. It will burn your skin. I figure, if you're going to the trouble of making soap to be more self sufficient, you should be able to make all aspects of it.
I agree with that, but I have never made soap before. I am using a recipe from an E-book that was shared here. The recipe calls for Sodium Hydroxide, not Potassium Hydroxide. So I didn't feel comfortable using Potash. On top of the fact that I live in an apartment, on the road, for work, in Texas. No fireplace here for me, let alone oak trees to make Potash like I have before. Nothin but mesquites out here and the last thing I want is any soaps I make to smell like mesquite.
If I had to make my own Potash, I would have never got off the couch to make soap.