The Truth About The Lye

Back in the day, when you needed to make your own soap if you wanted to bathe, lye soap was most popular. It was made at home and took a lot of hard work. Not only did the old-fashioned  soap makers have to collect ashes from their stove and siphon off the lye, but they had to raise the pig themselves to have the lard.

The old-time recipe was not necessarily that specific. Sometimes it was made with too much lye and sometimes it was made with too little.  When there was an excess of lye, it would burn the skin. When there was a deficiency of lye, the soap wouldn’t solidify.

Remwood Products Co. makes Grandma’s Lye Soap with a special formula that ensures we use the right amount of lye. All the lye is used up in the process, leaving Grandma’s Lye Soap safe and effective.  Making soap is like chemistry class: add ingredients, watch reaction, create new substance. This process of making soap is called saponification. During saponification, anyone who is part of the creation process is properly covered and protected from the raw lye. After that, no lye remains. Just soap! SAFE soap!


Happy (Belated) Earth Day!

Everyone who makes Grandma’s Lye Soap possible wanted to wish you a Happy (belated) Earth Day!

Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin Senator, is credited for the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970.    This holiday produced new foundations and public interest groups whose goal is to expand the awareness of the protection of earth. Thousands of schools and people participated nationwide in celebrating the environment on the very first day. Now it seems every school and community makes some sort of environmental contribution on April 22. We want onboard!

Do you want to team up and do something for your community or school for Earth Day next year? Or sporadically when the need arises? Keep us in mind and email us with your ideas!

Grandma’s Lye Soap <3’s EARTH


If you are aware of the ingredients in each and every edible substance, you more than likely have a food allergy.  The rest of the world doesn’t always accommodate for allergies and it’s often up to individual people to find what works best for them.  Gluten-free people have to stay away from wheat and lactose intolerant people have to stay away from milk and when they find a quality food they can eat, they hold on tight.

The Good News: Grandma’s Lye Soap doesn’t contain gluten or dairy!! (But DO NOT eat it either way!)

If you are gluten intolerant and having problems with your skin or scalp, check the ingredients in your soap and shampoo to see if there is any form of wheat in it. It still could be affecting you even if you are not ingesting it.