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Subject: Re: [ARIZARD-L] off Subject "How to make Lye Soap"
Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2000 15:23:56 EST
This is so funny. I spent the afternoon Thurs telling 4th graders how we made
lye soap in the 1880s for Texana Living History Assn. I get a lot of my
details from watching my grandmother scrub the floors at Clarksville TX after
having moved from Izard Co AR when my mother was 4 yrs old. LOL
Today you make it with Drano. But in the olden days you would have saved the
ashes from the fireplace in a small barrel with a spout near the bottom. When
you had enough ashes & bacon drippings, you would have poured hot water
through the ashes & the draining was lye water.
If any of you are in the Dallas TX area on Sat, March 18 between 10 & 4 pm,
come to Hall of State, Fair Park for a free day of 400 years of TX history.
Look for me. I'll be warshin & arnin those clothes with lye soap & a rub
board in a #2 wash tub. LOL If you are lucky, you may even take home a bar of
lye soap. Inside Hall of State, a member of UDC will be actually making it
with the cold water method.
Linda McCain Stansell