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Making Soap Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Sallye Green
Added: Monday, June 11, 2007

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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
Six pounds of fat
Hot water
Quart of cold water
Can of lye
2 tablespoons ammonia

Directions:
Directions:
Save every scrap of fat each day, and each day place scraps in a frying pan on low heat. Do not allow grease to get hot enough to smoke or burn. Turn the melted grease into tin pails and keep them covered. When approximately six pounds of fat have been accumulated, turn all into a dishpan; add a generous amount of hot water and place on burner until grease is entirely melted. Stir it well and put it aside to cool. This is called clarifying the grease. The clean grease will rise to the top, and when it has cooled can be taken off in a cake. Any impurities that have not settled in the water can be scraped off the bottom of the cake of fat.

Put clean grease into dishpan and melt it. Place a can of lye in a tin pail. Add to it a quart of cold water and stir with a stick until dissolved. It will get hot when the water is added. Let it stand until cool. Remove melted grease from burner and pour into lye slowly, stirring occasionally. Add 2 tablespoons of ammonia. Stir the mixture constantly for twenty to thirty minutes until soap begins to set. Let stand until hard, and then cut into squares. Makes a good hard soap which will float.

 

 

 

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