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Pure Lye Drain Cleaner/Opener, 2 lbs. Food Grade Sodium Hydroxide Micro Beads - HDPE container with resealable Child Resistant cap

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  • Food Grade Sodium Hydroxide Lye Micro Beads - MADE IN THE U.S.A.
  • 2 lbs net weight shipped an HDPE Plastic Container keeps product dry in garage
  • Great for Pretzel, Bagel, and soap making
  • Auto Cleaning Product - Must be used with caution
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Product Description

Sodium Hydroxide, Caustic Soda, NaOH, Lye, substitute for Red Devil Lye

Unlike most of our competitors who sell technical grade, Essential Depot's lye is Food Grade (lower in impurities) and proudly made in the U.S.A.

FOOD GRADE, USP, KOSHER, Halal Acceptable, non-GMO, does not contribute to BSE, not animal tested since 1990.

SDS and/or COA available upon request.

All products are shipped in easy-to-store and easy-to-use resealable containers.

Each container is BPA Free HDPE with a resealable child resistant cap.

Shipped 2 lbs of Lye per container.

THIS SHIPMENT IS CLASSIFIED AS ORM-D CONSUMER COMMODITY.

We are the FIRST as well as the ONLY SELLER whose PACKAGING, LABELING, and PRODUCT has been APPROVED by the U.S. CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION ("CPSC"). Our label complies with all federal regulations, our containers (including the caps) comply with applicable regulatory and statutory requirements, and the product itself actually exceeded CPSC's third party independent laboratory testing standards.

WE ARE A CERTIFIED SHIPPER AND SEND THIS PRODUCT IN SAFE AND LEGAL PACKAGING BY A LEGAL CARRIER.

This product is designated by FDA as a food additive Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) when used in accordance with good manufacturing practices (21 CFR 184.1763).

Food Chemical Codex listed, it is specifically approved for use per the following FDA citations:

  • 21 CFR 172.892 (Food Starch-Modified, modified up to 1%),
  • 21 CFR173.310 (Boiler Water Additive),
  • 21 CFR 177.1600 (Polyethylene Resins, Carboxyl Modified).

It is also cleared for reaction with fatty triglycerides and their fatty acid, alcohol, or dimer derivatives listed in 21 CFR 176.210 to form soaps under 21 CFR 175.105 (Adhesives), 21 CFR 176.210 (Defoaming Agents used in the manufacture of paper and paperboard), and 21 CFR 178.3120 (Animal Glue).

PROUDLY MADE IN THE U.S.A.

  • Soap and Detergent - saponifies fats into water-soluble sodium soaps.
  • Food and Dairy - used in various food processing methods which includes washing and chemical peeling of fruits and vegetables, poultry, soft drink, chocolate processing, cocoa processing, and thickening ice cream.
  • Metal Cleaning - clean metals by saponifying surface oils to create a thin soapy layer, etches the surface of certain types of metals, important preparatory step in many welding or painting applications.
  • Textile Treatment - aid in scouring, bleaching and neutralizing during textile processing.
  • General and Industrial Cleaning - strong base used as an alkali source in cleaning agents. As such, it can dissolve grease, oils, fats and protein based deposits. Used also, for example, to clean and prepare sheet steel in galvanizing plants as well as being a chief ingredient for drain pipe cleaners.
  • Biodiesel and Bioethanol - catalyst for the transesterification of methanol and triglycerides as well as for pH adjustment and formation of in situ sodium methylate to prevent the formation of soap due to the presence of water.
  • Chemical Production - as a reactive intermediate and catalyst in chemical production as well as in chemical processing plants for scrubbing and drying.
  • General Industrial - in the manufacture of products ranging from glue, gelatin, grease, and cosmetics to dry batteries, agricultural products, paint, and varnish removers.
  • Petroleum Exploration - treating agent in oil well drilling fluids to increase viscosity which prevents heavier materials from settling.

NaOH Food Uses

Perfect for making Pretzels, Bagels, Soda Bread, Olives, Lutefish, Hominy, Wine/Beer Tanks/Casks cleaning, beer line cleaning, thickening ice cream, etc...

Use caution when purchasing drain openers from other suppliers. Most drain openers contain other chemicals in addition to the lye. Essential Depot's does not. Those other added chemicals are very undesirable and potentially harmful when used in any food preparation.

Properties of Essential Depot's Sodium Hydroxide:

  • Boiling Point: 2534°F (1390°C)
  • Melting Point (crystallization begins): 590-608°F (310- 320°C)
  • Specific Gravity: 2.13
  • Bulk Density: Compacted 73 lb/ft3, Loose 70 lb/ft3
  • pH at 20°C: Strongly Basic
  • Solubility in Water: 42 g/100 g water at 0°C (32°F), 347 g/100 g water at 100°C (212°F)
  • Solution Rate: Twice as fast as flake
  • Refractive Index: 1.3576
  • Particle Shape: Spherical, evenly sized
  • Friability: Very Low as well as Very Low Dust

NaOH 2# NaOH 32# NaOH 1.25# KOH 2#
CURRENT ITEM (2 lbs) 32 lb 1.25 lbs (4 @ 5 oz) Potassium (2 lbs)
HDPE Container with Resealable child proof lid
BPA Free
COA for every lot?
SDS available upon request?
Kosher? The equipment used in manufacture does not come into contact with or contain any animal by-products/fats/products; therefore, according to the OU current policies caustic soda is acceptable for use in Kosher-related activities without certification. The equipment used in manufacture does not come into contact with or contain any animal by-products/fats/products; therefore, according to the OU current policies caustic soda is acceptable for use in Kosher-related activities without certification. The equipment used in manufacture does not come into contact with or contain any animal by-products/fats/products; therefore, according to the OU current policies caustic soda is acceptable for use in Kosher-related activities without certification.
Halal? Acceptable for Halal consideration. Does not contain alcohol, natural L-cysteine extracted from hair or feathers, animal fats and/or extracts, blood, blood plasma, or pork/or other meat byproducts. Alcohol is not used as a processing aid. Acceptable for Halal consideration. Does not contain alcohol, natural L-cysteine extracted from hair or feathers, animal fats and/or extracts, blood, blood plasma, or pork/or other meat byproducts. Alcohol is not used as a processing aid. Acceptable for Halal consideration. Does not contain alcohol, natural L-cysteine extracted from hair or feathers, animal fats and/or extracts, blood, blood plasma, or pork/or other meat byproducts. Alcohol is not used as a processing aid.
Animal Testing? Not tested on animals since 12.31.1990 Not tested on animals since 12.31.1990 Not tested on animals since 12.31.1990
BSE? Not of animal origin and does not contribute to BSE. Not of animal origin and does not contribute to BSE. Not of animal origin and does not contribute to BSE. Not of animal origin and does not contribute to BSE.
non-GMO?
Nutritional value? No nutritional value. No nutritional value. No nutritional value. No nutritional value.

Product details

  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
  • Product Dimensions : 9 x 3 x 3 inches; 2.01 Pounds
  • Item model number : NAOH-2-HIGH-GRADE
  • Date First Available : August 16, 2008
  • Manufacturer : Essential Depot
  • ASIN : B001EDBEZM
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 1,983 ratings

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COLOR: White

FORM: Evenly Sized Micro Beads/Pels, microcrystalline structure, anhydrous, hygroscopic (attracting moisture), deliquescent (dissolving in moisture absorbed from the atmosphere), reacts with carbon dioxide in the air to form sodium carbonate.

CHEMICAL/PHYSICAL PROPERTIES: The remarkable uniformity of the tiny beads, close to ¾ millimeter diameter, offers superior properties: little or no dust, excellent flow properties, uniform size, excellent blending characteristics, structural strength, high bulk density and low moisture pickup, resulting in less caking or lumping. Average diameter of ¾ millimeter, corresponding to 25 mesh. The spherical shape enables beads to roll and flow easily while producing far less dust than flakes, has a minimum surface area per pound, minimizes moisture pickup. Freedom from dust on the bead surface also slows moisture pickup. The reactivity is as a strong alkali.

ODOR/AROMA: Odorless in its dry state.

NUTRITION: No nutritional value.

KOSHER: Does not come into contact with or contain any animal by-products, animal fats, or animal products, including the equipment used in its’ manufacture, nor does it contain chemical additives that are organic in nature. According to the current policies of the Orthodox Union (OU) caustic soda is acceptable for use in Kosher-related activities without Kosher certification.

HALAL: Not certified, however, it does not contain alcohol, natural L-cysteine extracted from hair or feathers, animal fats/extracts, blood, blood plasma, or meat. Alcohol is not used as processing aid. May be acceptable for Halal consideration.

NON-GMO: Not manufactured with and does not contain genetically modified organisms.

CRUELTY FREE: Not tested on animals beginning 1st January 1991.

STORAGE: Recommend use of the air tight shipping container to minimize any product agglomeration in the package.

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