Monday, December 05, 2022

A Brief History of Soap

 While humans have known about soap since antiquity, its use has ebbed and flowed with the times. From ancient Babylon to modern bathrooms, History Guy recalls the forgotten story of soap.

VIDEO HERE  (12:53 minutes)


  1. I'm saving the wood ash from the fireplace this year. In the Spring, I'm going to (try) make lye from it, and then make soap with the lye. We have lavender and lilac growing here, and we'll use those for some scent.

    1. I'm no expert but seen a lot of ash hoppers in the Blue Ridge. Just a wooden hooper with a sluice catching the drippings that runs into a bucket. Add your ash over the winter use rain or add water and collect the run off. There's your lye. Humpback Mtn Farm on the Blue Ridge near Waynesboro has a nice one you can look at.

    2. I have instructions on how to make one from a 5 gallon bucket with a PVC valve on the bottom, so that's what I'll be using.

  2. I vaguely remember my mom making lye soap when I was about 2 years old. She was doing something with a bucket, she told me she was making soap. I remember this 72 years later but cant tell you what I ate yesterday.


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