Homemade Lye Soap
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- 5 lb
- pure white, salt free lard
- 2 pt
- 1 can(s)
- 1/2 box
- 1/2 c
1Melt and strain lard through colander. Dissolve lye in water in crock. Do not handle lye or inhale vapor. Stir lye and water until thoroughly dissolved, Being sure to stir lye into the water, and not dumping water onto lye in the crock.
2Add warm melted lard to lye water. Stir evenly and constantly till somewhat thickened. Then add borax and ammonia. Stir slowly for 5 minutes till well mixed and thick, like honey.
3This may be left in crock to harden or poured into wooden box lined with cloth, (such as linen or cheesecloth). When solid, cut into cakes or bars as desired.
Since I have not made soap myself, wonder if possible to add scented oils. My grannie washed her hair with lavender scented lye soap. Just wondering if anyone out in Just A Pinch Kingdom knows.