In 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.