Karen Johnson-Weiner shares a photo of homemade Amish soap, the work of a Swartzentruber Amish woman.

amish soap

It’s interesting to see the range of home amenities used by Amish.

When it comes to cleaning products, you get families who buy fine hand lotions from places like Wal-Mart to those who still make their own soaps.

amish homemade soap

Here’s a close-up.  If I didn’t know otherwise, I might have guessed this was some sort of cheese curd (maybe I’m just hungry right now).

Like to try your hand at making some homemade soap?  Here’s the recipe for what you see above:

Homemade Soap

6 lb lard

2 ½ pints water (town water works, but rain water is best. The older it is the better.)

1 lb lye

First get all the dirty lard together, put it in the kettle and melt it. Then weigh it after it melts. After its weighed out, let that cool off and put it aside. Then put lye and water together and let it cool off. Then simmer lard int the lye and water, stirring it until thick.

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