Good, Hard Soap
For anyone is interested,
here is the old-time method of making:
specially constructed barrel raised off the ground high enough to
allow a tub to be placed underneath. The bottom of the barrel should
be perforated with holes. Then filled with wood ashes.
Now and then, toss a bucket of water on the
ashes. As the water passes through the ashes it dissolves the potash
and soda. Take the solution obtained, put in an iron kettle with a
quantity of grease fat. Boil the mixture for an hour or longer. Add
salt. As mixture cools, the soap will solidify on top of the water.
- 5 - pounds grease
- 3 - gallons soft hot water
- 1 - pound concentrated potash
Boil these together for 5 or 6 hours, adding
water as it boils away. When done, it is a dark, yellowish brown,
like jelly, almost transparent. It should taste smooth and pleasant.
If sharp and acrid, it is not done. Stir frequently. Pour into
zinc-lined tin and let it harden. Will be white when hard. Cut in
From an old cook book