Lard soap and Crisco soap are LOW BUBBLING soaps, which make them especially good for laundry and scrubbing yicky stuff around the house. Additionally, they are CHEAP AS ALL GET-OUT to make. They’re the only soaps I’ve found that can beat Ivory on price.
1. Melt one pound of lard or veggie shortening in a sauce pan over med-low.
2. While the fat melts, put 6oz of water in a pitcher, sprinkle in 2 oz of lye, and gently swirl to dissolve. (According to this lye calculator, one pound of either requires the same lye and water.)
3. Allow melted fat and lye water to cool for a minute or two–till you can touch the sides of the containers without burning the snot out of yourself.
4. Pour the lye water into the sauce pan and blend with an immersion blender to “trace,” which means till it’s thick enough that you can kind of see where you’ve been and drips stay visible on the surface for a second or two. (This will take a while for the lard.)
5. Pour into mold.
7. Cure for a few weeks and then grate a bar for this recipe.