Stir Soap

Recipe by Dienia B.

Old time soap that they cleaned with and did laundry with. No amount given so I am guessing . The directions is the exact way recipe reads.

Top Review by Lilly225

I am going to ask my mom who grew up in the 30's if this recipe is close to what her family made. If so I am going to make a huge batch of it. My Dad always had us wash insect bites and stings with it. He also had us bathe with it after exposure to poison ivy/oak. It worked we wouldn't get as bad of a rash,and the sooner we bathed with it the less rash we had. I am giving 3 stars for now and if it is what I am hoping then I will change it to 5 stars.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 cups lye
  • 1 cup borax
  • 12 cups water, warm
  • 18 cups lard, lukewarm
  • 12 cup ammonia


  1. Dissolve 2 cans lye and 1 cup borax in 12 cups warm water.
  2. Let stand 1 hour until lukewarm.
  3. Pour 18 cups grease melted to lukewarm.
  4. Pour lard into lye solution slowly, stirring constantly.
  5. Add 1/2 cup ammonia.
  6. Stir until thoroughly mixed.
  7. Let stand; cut while hard.

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