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Lye is a material used to make soap, and can also be used to make potash*. Lye is made by a lye maker at an ashery, and requires 1 bar of ash and an empty bucket. Ash is made from wood by a wood burner at a wood furnace.

(* Although potash is more easily made directly from ash, which is also the precursor to lye.)

Lye is moved from buckets into a barrel if you have a food stockpile with "lye" enabled* and a spare barrel. One barrel can hold 50 units of lye.

Lye freezes in cold weather. You'll have to wait until it thaws in order to make soap. Careful application of magma can help to unfreeze lye.

* Be aware: Lye is located under "Misc. Liquids" on the 2nd page of the Food Stockpile screen, and under "Liquid" in the [z] Stocks screen.