Not exactly Dial Soap

Aunt Millie, like many farm wives, made a lot of things that were needed to keep the household going. Here is a recipe for “hard soap”. I am assuming that by hard, it is in bar form, used to wash up like we use any one of the modern bar soaps. I have to think that having lye in it, this soap had to be pretty hard on the skin.

Hard Soap

Region of origin: Handed Down                     Origin date: N/A

Tradition: Laundry & Hand                              Prep time: N/A       Servings: N/A

4 lbs. soft grease (Not Heated)                         Pour 1 can lye over 4 lbs.

Stir in 1 can Lewis Lye, Dissolve                      of soft grease. Stir 15 min. Add 3

real good, then add slowly 3                            qts. of soft water and stir till begins to

Quarts of soft water, a little at                           thicken. Put aside 48 hours. Cut into

a time. After all water has been                        bars. Best made when moon is full.

added, Stir for 10 minutes.

4 thoughts on “Not exactly Dial Soap

  1. John J December 5, 2022 / 11:51 pm

    Have you tried to make this?


    • Bob Fromm December 6, 2022 / 5:48 am

      No, but Aunt Millie did. She used a lye based soap to do laundry too.


  2. Kim December 6, 2022 / 3:55 am

    Millie’s generation was one of conservation. Two turns of the soap only were allowed when washing up for dinner.


    • Bob Fromm December 6, 2022 / 5:44 am

      I had forgotten about that. And you couldn’t fool her either. If you did go over, she would know it.


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