Caustic Soda, Lye and Naoh
Caustic soda (also known as sodium hydroxide, lye or naoh) is a solid white, pearl product with the formula “NaOH”. It is a highly caustic base and alkali product, and if in contact with the skin can cause severe burns. It is a versatile product that can be found in a variety of processes.
Sodium Hydroxide Uses:
Caustic Soda or Sodium Hydroxide has many different uses such as unblocking drains and making soap. Caustic soda main uses include being used as a drain pipe cleaner, unblocks drains, removes built up grease from ovens, used to make soap and detergents. It is a versatile product to have around the house as it has so many uses.
Sodium hydroxide and chlorine are manufactured together to produce chlorine bleach. The reason that drain cleaners contain sodium hydroxide is that it converts gats and grease that clog pipes into soap, which then dissolves in water. Making it a very effective drain cleaner.
Caustic Soda in the soap manufacturing industry is commonly used to make solid soaps. Many individuals now make their own soaps using caustic soda.
Sodium Hydroxide Hazards:
Caustic Soda needs to be handle with extreme care. The product is corrosive to the skin, and can cause damage over time. Always be careful when using caustic soda. If you need any advice we are happy to help.