Homemade Lye Soap
by Stewart’s Crafts

Using Lye Soap Today

Showerhead and Soap Bar Personally, my family uses our Homemade Lye Soap every day for shower, shaving and shampoo.  It doesn’t take the gray out of my hair, but it does take the oil and dirt out... ;)  And, we don’t need to use a conditioner, lotions, or moisturizers.

We use it to wash our dishes, clothes, floors and anything that’s dirty!!

It has personally helped us with burns, bug bites, psoriasis, dry itchy skin, poison ivy, sunburn and more.

Make your own Liquid Soap, Lotion or Shampoo

When a bar of our soap becomes too small for use, break it up and put it into an empty plastic bottle or jar.  Add water and stir, shake or heat to melt the soap.  That’s all there is to it!

Why is it helpful?

Because of what’s NOT in it.  There are no dyes, fragrances, perfumes, artificial additives in our soap.

And because of what IS in it.  When lye, lard and water combine to make our Homemade Lye Soap, glycerin is created within the soap at the same time, and stays in our soap.  Large commercial soap-makers remove the glycerin and sell it as a separate product, thus making two products for the cost of one.  Glycerin is a great healer for problem skin areas.

Problem Skin Areas

After washing with our soap, dry the problem skin area.  Then dampen your fingers with water, rub them across the bar of soap to make a lotion, and rub the lotion into the problem skin area.  Let it dry.  It dries clear, not chalky or powdery.

The more often during the day that you can use the lotion, the quicker your problem skin area will heal.  Cut off a piece of the bar, keep it in a Ziploc® bag with some drops of water to keep it moist.  Take it with you in backpack, briefcases, purses or schoolbags for use during the day on problem areas.

For Poison Ivy

Before going outside, generously rub lotion of lye soap over skin areas, coating areas that are likely to be in contact with the poison ivy plant, i.e. arms, legs, etc.  This puts a type of preventative barrier between your skin and the oil of the poison ivy plant, called urushiol.

After returning, wash exposed skin areas completely with hot water and our lye soap.  BE CAREFUL and wash from the shoulders down to the hands, from the hips down to the feet.  In other words, wash and rinse AWAY from your body, rather than spreading it further onto your body.

This, in effect, removes the plant oil and its irritants from your skin, preventing a reaction.  If an outbreak still occurs, continue to wash with lye soap, dry, and then rub the damp bar over the area of the outbreak.  Use this in conjunction with your normal treatments and, of course, follow your doctor’s advice if required.

Our Customers Have Told Us

We’ve learned about a lot of other uses for our Homemade Lye soap.  We haven’t tried them all, so you’ll have to decide for yourself.  Let us know how you’ve used it, and we’ll add it to the list.

For Washing

Clothes, dishes, shampoo, shaving, shower and bath, greasy mechanic’s hands, sweaty ball caps, dog sled harnesses, tea stains out of carpet, red Georgia clay out of socks, dirty trucks, dirty dogs, mopping floors, cleaning jewelry, washing onion odor from hands, removing scents and odors before going hunting, removing fish odors, removing printer’s ink, and more!

For Skin Conditions

Acne, psoriasis, eczema, dry itchy skin, dandruff, skin allergies to perfume and more!

Would you believe?
Catfish bait, greasing axles, getting rid of beavers in streams, greasing drawer slides, making bug spray for plants, and more!