Homemade Lye Soap from Alander’s Acres

We LOVE homemade lye soap from Alander’s Acres! πŸ™‚

Here’s a link to their page on Local Harvest: http://www.localharvest.org/alanders-acres-M29791

They are gracious enough to bring us large batches of soap so we can offer them to our customers as well.

In our effort to discontinue using toxic cleaners, this soap has become our “base” for so many things…bathing, shampoo, dish soap, laundry soap, general purpose cleaner – just to name a few! πŸ™‚

We have been using it exclusively for over 2 years now. πŸ™‚

As the concept of “our skin being our largest organ” has begun sinking in, we are thinking twice about what we lather on it.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this soap! πŸ™‚

For laundry & dish soap, I shred the bars of plain lye soap. (The other soaps work fine, too, if I’m out of the plain…)Β  I fill up an old egg carton with 10g of shredded soap in each “egg hole”. Then I dissolve each one in 8 oz. of hot water as I need it.Β  I keep it next to my washing machine, so I’m good for a dozen loads, lol… πŸ™‚

For laundry stains, like grass/mud stains on jeans & baseball pants, I keep a container of the small pieces of soap left from a full bar.Β  I place the pieces in a lidded container with a little bit of water in it.Β  I dampen the clothing that has the stain, get a small & wet piece of soap, rub it well into the stain, spray it with some white vinegar, let it sit a bit, and throw it in with the next load.Β  Works wonderful! πŸ™‚

For dishes, Mike helped me make a soap dispenser from parts of old ones I saved… Click here to read the link on Jill’s post – it helped me with directions. πŸ™‚

I have crocheted small, thick, square cloths from remnants of yarn leftover from past projects.Β  I made enough so I can use a new one each day.Β  I just squirt a few drops of soap on the wet cloth & wash – reapplying as necessary.Β  I have no complaints – this soap works GREAT!Β  It’s especially wonderful for removing “greasiness” from things like broth or butter – along with nice, hot water. πŸ™‚

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