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Lye Safety Question


SueH
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Today I made my 4th batch of CP soap and oberved the usual safety precautions while mixing my lye water. While I was waiting for everything to cool down I noticed a huge red area on my neck. I felt no burning or anything and hadn't splashed any lye water. Could this be from lye fumes? I mixed it in the kitchen sink with the window open and a fan on and kept my face away while mixing. I did lean over several times to make sure all the lye crystals were mixed. I splashed cold water over the spot and after a while it went away. What do you think? Thanks for your help!!

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I kdon't know, but I try to keep vinegar around when soaping. I have never been burned by lye (knock on wood) but just in case.

There has been some lenghty discussions on using vinegar. It seems that the reaction between an acid and a base can produce heat and make the burn worse. Flush with water.

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