Working With Lye (Sodium Hydroxide and Potassium Hydroxide )
Safety Precautions for Lye (both Sodium Hydroxide, NaOH, and Potassium Hydroxide, KOH):
Lye a very caustic chemical that will create burns on contact with skin. Always use extreme caution when working with it.
* * Lye should not be used by minors without adult supervision. * *
Although lye is dangerous, it can be worked with safely. By taking appropriate precautions, you can safely enjoy making “true soap” with lye.
- ALWAYS wear goggles, gloves, and protective clothing when handling lye.
- NO short sleeved shirts, short pants, or sandals.
- ALWAYS work with lye in a well ventilated area.
- Remove contaminated clothing immediately
- Clean up spills immediately
FIRST AID TREATMENT:
- EYE CONTACT – Flush with lukewarm, gently running water while holding the eyelid(s) open. Take the person to the hospital.
- SKIN CONTACT – Flush with lukewarm, gently running water and take the person to the hospital.
- INGESTION – Administer large quantities of water followed by milk and take the person to the hospital.
- INHALATION – Remove the person afflicted to fresh air and take the person to the hospital.
Please view the Material Safety Data Sheet for Sodium Hydroxide (Lye) for more safety precautions and product information.