Boyer Soap Products Recall Issued After Child Suffers Chemical Burns

A recall has been issued for nearly 330,000 bottles of Boyer sodium and potassium hydroxide, which is used to make lye soap and similar products, due to a lack of childproof packaging, which may result in chemical burns.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the Boyer sodium and potassium hydroxide recall on March 18, indicating that there have been at least two reports of chemical burns linked to the California Soap Supply products. At least one of the reports involved a child who suffered chemical burns to their mouth after getting into the bottle.

According to the recall notice, the packaging fails to meet child-resistant packaging requirements required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. The products contain sodium and or potassium hydroxide and are commonly advertised as being used for home soap making projects and clearing drains. However, because the products contain those chemicals, they must have childproof packaging.

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The recalled brands included Soap Supply Co. Lye, Soap Makers Lye, California Soap Supply, Combo Pure Solutions, Red Crown High Test Lye, and Boyer Potassium Hydroxide Flakes. The six brands of recalled products are sold in two-pound clear plastic bottles with a continuous thread closure cap and various colored labels. They have lot numbers ranging from 4001 to 9288, which is located on the bottom of the jar and on the side of the box.

The recalled products were manufactured by the Boyer Corporation in LeGrange, Illinois, and distributed by the Boyer Corporation, BigTProducts, and NG Inc. They were sold online on and on other websites for about $5 from January 2015 through October 2019.

This recall is one of several similar recalls announced on the same day by the CPSC; all due to a lack of sufficient childproof packaging.

The CPSC also announced child-proof packaging recalls for Numbskin Pain Relief Cream, Belle Chemical Drain Cleaner, Earth Sonnets Wintergreen Essential Oil, and Earthroma Wintergreen Essential Oil,  but the recall involving Boyer products is the largest and most serious.

The CPSC recommends consumers immediately put the recalled products in a safe location, out of the reach of children, and contact Boyer for a free replacement child-resistant cap. Consumers can contact Boyer by calling 800-323-4030, by email at, or by visiting the website, and clicking on the “Recall” tab for more information.


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