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How to make lye soap??
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Bill Smith    Posted 09-18-2002 at 21:17:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
My grandmother use to make homemade lye soap, but I was never around when she was doing it. Some people were talking about how to make it the other day but they wasn't sure, just trying to find out. I would like to learn how and try to make some one of these times. Does anyone know the reciepe and procedure for making homemade lye soap? If so, please post how. Thanks

andy fitch    Posted 12-15-2003 at 08:06:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i want to make glycerine soap from lye and i would like your assistance on my project. if you would e-mail me with some advice on how to begin; much appreciated indeed thank you much - Andy

Ron/PA    Posted 09-19-2002 at 05:00:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Bill, if you have access to copies of the foxfire books look in there. The library should have it. If you can't let me know and I will look for it in mine.
They are a great source of info for this kind of stuff, written by true members of the senior country folks.

DeadCarp    Posted 09-18-2002 at 21:28:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
You need to mix lye and fat and boil it, then when it saponifies (loses its shine - test with a ladle) you cast it into a pan or something. Avoid aluminum containers unless you like a kitchenful of foam. My grandma used to get (kinda weak but okay) lye by setting a barrel of wood ashes under the rain trough and tapping off the slurry. Here's a link -----

Hogman    Posted 09-19-2002 at 01:25:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
About all We ever used for LYE was a trough full of ashes and rain water. Hey,after tha crash in 29 who could afford tha "store bought" stuff?
Should use hard wood,Oaks about tha best. One benifit is tha ease of handlin, Lye right outta tha can has a way of doin Ya harm!!!!!!
All Ya need is a big kettle,Hog fat, wood ashes,rain water and wood for a fire ta heat tha kettle with.

We used wood ash Lye ta make our "Hominy" with,works fine,also used ashes wet with rain water ta slip tha hair on hides We tanned.
Suprisin how many of Your needs are supplied by ole Mammy nature.
Tha Indians got along just fine for quit a spell afore wally(from china)world came along.

Joeleen Salas    Posted 09-22-2005 at 22:20:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I need to know how they made lye for soap on the 1860's. I am working in a historical interpretation progaram and they asked me to show how to make soap "the old fashioned way".

I know it takes ashes but don't know any more than the ashes and water. I need to know how to know when it has turned to lye and what woods make the best or even the longest lasting soap.

I know and have made soap with lye but now need to know how to make my own lye. PLEASE HELP. Thanks, joeleen

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