To be able to make your own simple soap it such a great skill to know. Lately, I learned how to make soap from a soap making friend. She taught me some basic principles and I was on my way to making my OWN soap. My husband made a wooden mold for me and I used my canned lard along with water and lye to start the process. It was exciting! I melted my lard and added specific amounts of lye and water mixture. I poured it into the mold and it set up in one day. Then I cut my bars and left them to cure for about 4 weeks. Now we have soap for washing our hands, bodies, and hair! Then I made some really great laundry soap with my bar soap. It was just three simple ingredients: One bar soap ground up, 1/2 cup of borax, and 1/2 cup of washing soda. One tablespoon per load making the budget stretch- less than one penny per load! I share this process on our new Homesteading for Beginners DVD Volume Four!
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