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"Accumulations of lard and fat from various butcherings plus bacon grease and the lye would be poured into a big stone jar. Using one can of lye, two and a half pints of cold water, mix to six pounds of fat, lard and lye combination. The lye solution is poured slowly. At the end steady stream and even stirring, continuing to stir with a wooden spoon until it can stand on its own. Leave for 24 hours and then cut … into bars to dry and spread out. I felt so good and proud when I looked at those big chunks of soap… [But] using the lye could be dangerous."

Merna Bailey - Making homemade soap

   

Other Excerpts from Merna Bailey's Interview:

Cleaning house & singing
Working on Merna's farm
Making homemade soap
Christmas on the farm

Entire Interview with Merna Bailey