This is an interesting “recipe” sent to me by Wilma Yoder in Bethany, Missouri I am going to share a bit about Bethany and another one of her recipes next week, but for now I am just going to share her homemade laundry soap recipe that she was nice enough to share with us. Finding recipes that are this basic and this “homemade” are tough so I’d love to try this sometime. Wilma says “we use this soap every time we do the laundry and like it very well!” She also adds that they usually add some fragrant essential oil, like lilac or honeysuckle to give the laundry soap a better scent.
Authentic Amish Homemade Laundry Soap
10 cups cold rainwater
9 cups melted lard, or any grease
1 /2 cup ammonia
3 tablespoons borax
1 /2 citronella (optional)
1 cup Lewis lye
Mix these in the order listed. Sprinkle lye in last and let stand 5 – 10 minutes. Stir frequently for the first 1 1 /2 hours. After that, once every hour throughout the day. Stir several times the next day so that it is all crumbled up. Avoid inhaling fumes. Let this set for a few more days, stirring often. Put this in a tight container and it is ready to use in the wash water.