Monday, August 10, 2009

It Wouldn't Suds and Couldn't Foam

Our President (of the Reunion Committee) Obie Oakley held a closed door meeting last week and declared that Grandmas Lye Soap was now the official soap of the CHS54 website. I'm happy to announce that the vote was unanimous!

Grandma's Lye Soap holds a special place in our memories. Our parents and grandparents were very familiar with it. And I'm not sure, but I think my Mom used it occasionally on hard to clean items. My hands and ears come to mind. I'm sure my grandma in South Carolina (Pelzer) used it. I think she also made it.

We even SANG it. At least Johnny Stanley's version of it.

There's an old expression that goes, "You don't want to know how they make sausage."
Well, I think the same thing applies to Grandma's Lye Soap.

But here's the recipe anyway...in case you don't have anything else to do this weekend:

"Before the mid 1800's most Americans made their own soap. It was made from hog fat in the fall or from saved drippings from either beef or pork.
Though there is no medical evidence that old fashioned lye soap cures poison ivy, it is sometimes called poison ivy soap. It has also been claimed to cure dandruff, psoriasis, itchy skin, acne, eczema, bed bugs, poison oak, mosquito bites, mites and head lice."

Thanks Obie. Keep up the good work. -Ed