It turns out that making your own soap is neither hard, frightening nor expensive.
For hundreds of years, soap has been made out of animal fats in many parts of the world, and quite often made out of the household drippings. It’s only in recent times that we’ve become a bit funny about using animal fats for anything.
I know this isn’t a popular stance, but I can’t see the point of using expensive food oils in soap, like coconut oil, which puts a lot of extra strain on the environment, when animal fats are more often than not thrown away after we eat only the choice cuts of meat.
Traditional Homesteaders would regularly make their own soap with Tallow or Lard. The fat they would collect from raising their own animals on the farm would certainly not go to waste, so why should it today? Both have a long and esteemed history in soap making, and are still used as the primary fats in many cheap, mass-produced soaps today.
On the next page discover how to make homemade old fashioned tallow soap.