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My sister got this at a church circle meeting during the 70's. It's called Grammaw's Lye Soap. I call it the best complexion bar ever.
By MartyD from Houston,TX
thank you for posting this recipe my friend had made it years ago and was trying to tell me how to make it on the phone today but couldnt remember all ingredients it was strange to see it posted...i love homemade soap and have been wanting to make it so often...i will give this a try
This first recipe is the old fashioned lye soap. It is very caustic at the beginning, so pets and children should be kept away. I don't know where you live, but it's better to do the whole operation outside because it is pretty vile smelling. You might want to wait until spring or summer.
Find a box about the size for 12 cans of soda or vegetables. Place it either in the garage or outside on the patio. Put several sections of newspaper under the box since there will be some drainage as the soap sets, then place some newspaper inside the box and line it with wax paper. I always clip this in place with clothespins.
Have fun and be careful with the lye. I always tie a bandana around my face like a bank robber in the old cowboy movies, because that is one vile smelling concoction! It is worth the trouble though and is good for the skin. You can wash a baby's bottom and clear up diaper rash with it.