How to Make Homemade Soap

Try making your own homemade soap using this traditional homemade soap recipe:

Materials needed:

2 quarts melted lard, lukewarm
1 quart cold soft water (rain water or spring water)
1 can (12 oz) Red Devil Lye or pure sodium hydroxide


  • Dissolve the lye or sodium hydroxide in 1 quart water in a bowl.  Stir until the mixture becomes lukewarm. Touch the outside of the bowl to determine if the mixture is warm enough.  
  • Slowly stir in the lye-water into the melted lard. Be careful not to splash the mixture on your skin.  
  • Continuously mix the solution until it has a pudding-like consistency.  
  • When you can see spoon trails across the top as you stir, the mixture is ready to be poured into the molds.  
  • Pour the solution into prepared molds and leave overnight.  
  • The following day, cut the dried mixture into bars but keep them in the mold for two more days.
  • On the third day, removed the soap from the mold and stack them, leaving enough space between bars to air dry.
  • Allow your soap to dry for two to three weeks prior to using.

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