The Practical And Clever 2-Ingredient Soap The Pioneers Used

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3. How to Craft a Crude Form of Soap Directly in Your Pan

Have you ever wondered what the best way is to make soap if you are living off the land?

The hard-working pioneers had to be resourceful and learn how to make their own soap from wood ashes and waste fats. They realized it’s easy to craft soap using the overflowing amount of hardwood ashes that built up in their daily fires, along with the ample amount of animal fat from the butchering of livestock they used for food.

For a lot of the pioneers, soap making became a semi-annual or yearly affair on the homestead. As the butchering of livestock occurred in the fall, soap was crafted at that time on many farms and homesteads to utilize the abundant supply of lard and tallow. For the homes that did not butcher their livestock for food, soap was generally crafted in the springtime, from saving the ashes from the wintertime fires and the cooking grease which they salvaged throughout the year.

How to Craft a Crude Form of Soap Directly in Your Pan

For all the campers out there, many likely have already discovered that by just throwing some white ashes into the hot frying pan, the lye from the ashes will combine with the fat or oil in the pan to form a crude soap.

This is an excellent way to wash out that dirty frying pan. However, this is not a great way to make enough soap to say, go take a bath.

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