Another discusses being bathed by her grandmother as a child with lye soap in an effort to lighten her complexion.
If an egg dropped into the lye floated, all was well and good luck with the soap was certain.
The odor of the lye is more agreeable than that of the melted tallow.
And there lye his braynes shed apon the yerthe, whereby you may well knowe yt he was nere deade.
When it is full, we pour the water in it, and catch the lye as it drips out.
For some classes of goods no less than six lye boils may be required.
Dry lye may be kept in tin cans, but if the lye is moistened it will eat the can.
The ingredients are boiled in the lye until the whole has been dissolved.
The strong bases, like lye and caustic soda, are also called alkalies.
The sink and the soap and the lye that stood by itRemain; but the towel is gone past recall.
Old English læg, leag "lye," from Proto-Germanic *laugo (cf. Middle Dutch loghe, Dutch loog, Old High German louga, German Lauge "lye"), from PIE root *leue- "to wash" (see lave). The substance was formerly used in place of soap, hence Old High German luhhen "to wash," Old Norse laug "hot bath, hot spring," Danish lørdag, Swedish lördag "Saturday," literally "washing-day." Chamber-lye in early Modern English was the name for urine used as a detergent.