Potassium Hydroxide (Lye), Soap Making, Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)

Where to Buy Caustic Soda in Singapore

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Where to Buy Caustic Soda in Singapore

Where to buy caustic soda in Singapore? Caustic soda, also known as lye or sodium hydroxide, is a controlled chemical under the EPMA (Environmental Protection and Management Act) regulated by the NEA (National Environmental Agency) in Singapore. You can only get and use caustic soda at an approved premise for soap making like Singapore Soap located at 80 Genting Lane, #03-07, Singapore 349565. Interested to make your own handmade soap using caustic soda? Whatsapp us at 9483 2196 to find out more.

What is Caustic Soda

Caustic soda (a.k.a. sodium hydroxide or lye) is a co-product of chlorine production and has a wide range of uses including manufacture of pulp and papertextilesdrinking watersoaps, detergents, drain cleaner and curing food. In its purest form, caustic soda is a waxy, white solid that is good for absorbing water and can form various aqueous solutions. While it is a great pH controller, it is bad for the environment (without proper disposal).

Caustic soda or NaOH is commonly found as solid white flakes or pellets. It is highly corrosive and rapidly absorb water from the surrounding. It should always be kept sealed and protected from moisture, as well as from children and pets.

Touching or ingesting lye could cause potentially serious chemical burns, so soap makers are always advised to use gloves or utensils.

Caustic soda are strong alkali bases that soap makers uses to saponify oils to form soap. It is an essential ingredient in the soap making process.

When sodium hydroxide beads or flakes are mixed with a liquid, a lye solution is created. This solution, when mixed with fats and oils, will cause a chemical reaction called saponification. The result of saponification is beautiful handmade soap.

Sodium Hydroxide under Magnification

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Using Caustic Soda in Soap Making

Soap is technically a salt product that is made by combining an alkali with fats or fatty acids. The alkali is the lye. The fats (or fatty acids) are the oils. The type of soap you make, bar versus liquid, is determined by the choice of the lye you use for your salt, sodium hydroxide (NaOH), or potassium hydroxide (KOH).

The chemical reaction of making soap, called saponification, is when caustic soda (a.k.a. lye) and oil molecules are combined. This process chemically changes the mixture into soap and glycerin. If the soap is made properly, all the lye is used up in the saponification process to turn oil into soap with no residual lye. Without lye, you cannot make lye based soap, period.

Where to Buy Caustic Soda in Singapore

Many new Singaporean soap makers searches for where to buy caustic soda in Singapore when starting out to learn about soap making. No matter whether you are making cold-process or hot-process soap, you will need lye and face difficulty to buy lye in Singapore. Unlike some countries where pure lye can be bought easily, it is controlled in Singapore because of safety and protection for the environment.

Caustic soda, also known as lye or sodium hydroxide, is a controlled chemical under the EPMA (Environmental Protection and Management Act) regulated by the NEA (National Environmental Agency) in Singapore. You can only get and use caustic soda at an approved premise for soap making like Singapore Soap located at 80 Genting Lane, #03-07, Singapore 349565. Interested to make your own handmade soap using caustic soda? Whatsapp us at 9483 2196 to find out more.

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Singapore Soap is a wholesale supplier for soap making supplies, candle making supplies and manufacturer of natural castile soap, melt and pour soap bases, liquid soap bases and hand sanitizer in Singapore. We carefully source and select quality and cost effective ingredients to ensure our customers receives only the best quality products at the most economical wholesale price. You can also learn to make your own DIY soap with our soap making lessons in Singapore. We conduct soap making classes for soap makers to learn how to make soap. Join our easy-to-learn classes and learn the benefits of why handmade soap are better and healthier for you.

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