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Dear's Lye Soap Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Pat (Mealing) Setzer
Added: Thursday, March 24, 2005

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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1 quarts hot water
2 (#1) cans of lye
5 pounds of grease or lard - melted and strained through a cheese cloth
cup borax, dissolved in a little water
1 cup ammonia, optional

Directions:
Directions:
Heat grease to lukewarm. Cool. In an earthen jar combine lye and water. Stir with a wooden broom handle until well blended. Stir grease into water, all in one direction. Then gradually add dissolved borax and ammonia, if used. Stir until as thick as honey. Pour into flat roasting pan lined with brown paper (cut paper grocery sacks or use craft paper). Let set several hours, but cut into bars before it get completely hard. Set in a dry place to finish hardening for two weeks before using.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Mother and Mattie Day (our maid for all my childhood years) made this about once a year. Mother believed nothing would get stains out like lye soap. I've made it several times. I mix a good bit of water with the grease and heat it only until the grease turn to a liquid (Don't let it get too hot, you don't want it to pop on you.) Most of the foreign matter in the grease will settle out in the water. Let the grease harden in the frig or outside, if it is in winter. The "purified" grease that forms on the top will make a better soap. This is a lot like the old Octagon Soap. Aren't you glad you don't have to make this before you wash your clothes. It may make you wonder if the "Good Ole Days" were all that good!

Old Timers used this soap if they got into poison oak or ivy.

 

 

 

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