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Soap making runs in the family! I was recently discussing my soapmaking business with my mom, and she had some fond memories to share about her own grandmother (my great-grandmother) making laundry soap when she was a youngster. The tale goes something like this:
|My great-grandmother's secret|
laundry soap ingredient!
After the lard was sufficiently cleaned, my great-aunt and grandmother would combine it with lye water to create soap. This is the part that I'm very familiar with! After that, they would grate a bar of Fels Naptha to add to the homemade soap. Now, Fels Naptha was a popular laundry soap (with some old wives' tale applications) dating back to the late nineteenth century, although it's still sold today with a modified formula. I even found a Pinterest board dedicated to Fels Naptha, so there must still be a following for it!
|"Got Soap? Then please do the laundry!"|
This retro pic hangs up in my soap
making room/office. How funny is that?
While my great-grandmother chose to focus her soap making skills in a more utilitarian way that I do now, I think that the practical side of her would have been overjoyed that I'm carrying forward a family tradition that I had no idea existed until recently! Do you have a hobby or trade that runs in your family? I'd love to hear about it in the comments!
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