Mixing Lye

Discussion in 'Soap Making' started by VickiLynne, Dec 12, 2008.

  1. VickiLynne

    VickiLynne Member

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    Ok, This might be a dumb question, but the thought had crossed my mind when mixing my lye solution and while I was stirring and stirring I thought....could I use my stick-blender? I was too chicken to do it because of the caustic quality of the lye. Please enlighten one who is always thinking of ways to make the process more efficient.
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    Vicki in NC
     
  2. Kalne

    Kalne New Member

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    I don't know why you would want/need to. My lye mixes pretty easily. Or maybe you're using frozen/slushy milk? Either way, I'd be too worried about lye water/milk getting splashed.
     

  3. VickiLynne

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    Kathy,

    Yes, I do use frozen/slushy milk. I guess that is why using a stick blender crossed my mind. My lye dissolves in the milk but around the walls of my container it seems like it never completely dissolves. I try to use the spoon to get it, but it seems to be grainey on the walls of my container. The lye solution itself is dissolved and I never have had a problem with my soap. So I was just curious.

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    Vicki in NC
     
  4. Kalne

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    Okay, I got you. I quit using milk in my lye solution earlier this year. But I do recall the solution looking grainy. Probably some of the milk fat is saponifying already. I guess a stick blender might smooth it out some. You'd want to be very careful with it though.
     
  5. SherrieC

    SherrieC Active Member

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    I have been making soap for 7 years now, and I use a stick blender every time. I chop up the milk pour on the lye and take the stick blender and mash down the chunks as soon as there is enough liquid to cover the blades good I turn it on. I've rarely been splashed.
     
  6. VickiLynne

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    Thanks Sherri,

    That is good to know.

    Vicki in NC
     
  7. Kalne

    Kalne New Member

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    Yes....good to know! I may give it a try then next time I use milk in my lye.