Make your own soap

April 26, 2016

lye soapIn No-Name Baby, Sophie’s family depends on lye soap they make themselves. What was it like to create such a staple before store-sold soap became so common?

Here are step-by-step instructions and videos.

And here’s a soapmaker who teaches others in North Carolina today.

What did Sophie’s family do before they had safety glasses? Were they wearing gloves? Are you tempted to make your own soap? Let me know how it goes.


Nancy Bo Flood

As a fish-brain surgeon or a rodeo poem wrangler, I have loved stories. I strongly believe that words – in poetry or prose – help heal our hearts and give us new eyes to see the world. I was first a research psychologist studying brain development at the University of Minnesota and London University before following my passion – writing for children. Learn more...