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Taken from "Off the Mountain Lake Range." I can remember Grandma
Jungas making this soap out in the back porch area. This soap could take
the stains out of anything---and maybe dissolve the fabric too! The soft
water must have come from the cistern they had somewhere---probably in the
basement of the hardware store. I remember the cistern water always
smelled funny. -Jo
- 1 can lye
- 1 quart cold water
- 5 lbs. melted fat
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons borax
- 1/4 cup ammonia
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup soft water
- Mix lye and water and let cool about 7 hours.
- Mix together the sugar, borax, ammonia, salt and soft water.
- Stir this into the cooled lye.
- Add this mixture then to 5 lbs. cool clean melted fat. Stir as you pour.
- Pour into a mold when consistency is like honey. Cover.
- Mark into squares and cut before it is too hard.
- Mold may be wood or cardboard box lined with dish towel or part of old
sheet. Use wooden spoon for stirring.
- Citronella may be added.