COLD LYE SOAP (Heirloom Recipe)

Teresa *G*


I was going through some old family recipes and came across this one. I had never seen it before, but I believe it's my aunt's handwriting. The instructions are exactly as they were written. I don't think I'd want to bathe with this soap, but I'd bet that it will get your clothes good and clean!

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makes 6 lbs. soap
30 Min
No-Cook or Other


1 can(s)
lye (size?)
2 1/2 pt
cold water
5 1/2 to 6 lb
clean grease
3/4 c
household ammonia (optional)
1 c
borax (optional)
a few dash(es)
cologne or perfume


1Dissolve one can of lye in 2 1/2 pints cold water.
2When cool, stir slowly into 5 1/2 or 6 pounds of clean grease.
3You can add 3/4 cup household ammonia and one cup of borax.
4Continue stirring occasionally, till soap begins to set.
5Always use a porcelain pan. (Sometimes I use a little cologne or perfume.)

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