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Lye Soap Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Fannie Johnson Roope
Added: Monday, March 23, 2009

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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1 can lye
5 c. cold water
11 c. strained, melted grease (hog grease is best)

Directions:
Directions:
Mix lye and water in enamel dish pan or iron pot. Don't use glass or aluminum. Stir until lye is completely dissolved using wooden spoon or stick to stir. Be careful not to splash on skin. Add grease slowly and carefully; stir for several minutes until very thick. The following ingredients may be added during stirring period:
1/2 c. Borax
1/2 c. Household ammonia
1 tbsp. Turpentine
1 tsp. scent (eau de toilette water)
The turpentine will bleach the soap and the toilette water will give it a pleasant aroma.

Pour soap into enamel pan or wooden box type flats. Let stand 24 hours, covered with a rug or blanket. Remove, cover and cut into bars. The soap improves with age.

 

 

 

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