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Are You My Cousin?: Lye Soap

Are You My Cousin?

Discovering My Ancestors -- One Cousin at a Time

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I tell the stories of my ancestors’ lives. Whether they lived 20 years ago or 200 years ago, they each have a story to tell. Some ancestors tell their stories willingly. Others must have their stories carefully teased from the records. Sometimes the stories are sad. Sometimes the stories are happy. Sometimes the stories are just funny. Regardless, my ancestors’ stories shaped their lives and the lives of those that followed. Come and share in the tales!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Lye Soap

I found this recipe in a box of Aunt Elma (Talbott) Solomon's things. I'm not sure who the original recipe belonged to, but I would assume one of the women in Elma's life.

Lie [Lye] Soap
1 1/2 qt cold water
1 can Lye
Stir together until disolved.
Add 1 1/2 cup amonia [ammonia].
Add 1/2 cup Borax.
Pour 5 1/2 lb greese [grease] into mixture. Stir 40-45 mi [minutes].
Let set over night til firm, cut in squares.
Yikes! I don't think I will be trying that anytime soon. It makes me appreciate Ivory soap!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow what a recipe, sure am glad science has evolved enough for us to realize some of those old recipes were too harsh for everyday living. No need for the borax or ammonia. People should not be afraid of lye soap however as it does have many advantages over (as you say Ivory Soap) in that if made correctly many healing concepts. If I may I would like to post a web address for a company that makes lye soap they correct way for everyday use, yet in the traditions of old. Did you know that all the major soap manufacturers remove the glycerin that true lye soap provides and sell it off to cosmetic companies. No wonder everyone is so dried out after using these commercially produced soaps of today. What has happened to our roots and the real knowledge of nature and what it has to offer? Oh before I forget the website is and I can say I use it daily and have never felt cleaner or more refreshed. We should not be afraid of our past!

September 4, 2009 at 3:16 AM  

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