Friday, April 21, 2017
Yup ! we made our own soap back in the olden days before modern soap making took over.
Dad (Veltie )and Mom (Jewel Schell) made their soap in the fall of the year when it got cold enough for butchering the hogs, usually after a frost or two .
Because lard was one of the ingredients needed.
On soap making day mom and dad started by pouring lye into a pot of water stirring it with a wooden spoon or paddle, until the lye would sizzled and heat the water up to about 85 degree.
While that was going on dad heated the lard in an iron kettle to about 90 degree.
Then he poured the two together, stirring the mixture until it was like a Slurpee.
After about 30 minutes it was poured it into molds and let set for a few days or until it was hard enough to slice into bars.
There you have it... Lard and lye... that was all you needed to make soap, plus some elbow grease of course.
From clothes and stains to dirty dishes and floors — even to poison ivy and bug bites — lye soap was the answer for the family’s daily cleaning needs.
Until next time, God Bless.