Persuasive Essay Topics of Today and Yesterday: Making Soap
Persuasive Essay Topics of Today and Yesterday is living proof that there
really is nothing new under the sun. The earth changes. Man does
not. Witness the modern and strange concept of purchasing one's
chosen soap at the grocery store instead of manufacturing it for
one's self in the back yard about 20 feet from the hog pen.
The World of the Now
In our ultra modern times, just ask any child or adult the
simple question... Where does soap come from? The answer will be
right on down the line every time, why, soap comes from the
grocery store, and indeed it does. But, ummn, where did it come
from before it got to the store. Any dummy knows the
answer is the warehouse.
Soaps come in all forms these days. You got your bar soap,
your soap on a rope, your liquid body soap, and your perfumed
head soap. Even the astronauts have soap in toothpaste tubes.
They just squirt a little out and lather up right up there in
space. Soap is such a common place item that you can purchase at
any grocery store, Kwik Rip, or asteroid filling station that
nobody stops to consider where they would get it if the Russians
exploded a cosmic ray bomb, knocking out all the cash registers
at all the grocery stores, thus forcing them to close and never
sell soap again. Sound impossible? Does the word Tungaska bring
anything to mind? Even today, natives of that doomed land don't
have access to soap.
The World of the Then
Along about October 1914 there came a story in the now defunct
Home and Farm Magazine about making soap down on the farm. To
modern folks, this sounds like a lot of useless work and a
crudity at best, but in those long gone days when folks were
walking, talking, and generally being animated and not
horizontal, it was a fact of life. Folks on the farm had snow
ice cream in the winter and watermelon in the summer, and if
they needed something to wash their hands with, you can bet they
turned to mama, the soap maker, for there was no grocery store
or kwik rip handy in those days.
If it wasn't on the shelf, or out in the yard or barn, you
made do without. This meant that you had to dredge your hands in
sand or clean dirt to wash off the remnants of your pizza. You
wiped your mouth with yesterday's news...and that's where we
begin. Let's look in on the farm folks in 1916. Be vewy quiet
and they won't know we're peeking...
Research material for this portion was plundered from the
very defunct Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger October 16,
1916. The original text has been rewritten, but the essence
Author: Staff Writer
Soap-Making on the Farm
Dateline 1914- Washington Family Makes Sufficient Soap at
Butchering Time to Last for Year and Only Toilet Soap Is
THOSE Who are inclined to the belief that soap-making on the
farm is a long and arduous process should read the narration of
one Washington family, which has found that at butchering time
soap becomes a by-product.
In olden days and not so very olden, say in the time of our
grandparents, soap-making was drudgery. The necessary lye had to
be leached from ashes. The whole thing was a tedious process.
Nowadays, with the
ever-ready box of commercial potash, it is much easier than many
other necessary tasks on the farm.
Two Hogs Killed
Soap should always be one of the by-products of the
butchering season. And when butchering is carried on, the
unnecessary buying of soap is one of the leaks in household
management, and, it might be said, no inconsiderable leak. Of
course, in rush seasons it will often be found more economical
to buy soap than to make it, taking into consideration the time
lost in making soap.
In one family of three persons on a Washington farm, no soap
is bought except for toilet use. But two hogs are killed each
Fall, averaging about 200 pounds apiece. Yet this family never
runs out of good, hard, homemade soap, and usually has a supply
well ahead. Meat rinds are not thrown to the chickens, dogs and
cats. It is a great mistake to think that soap can only be made
from clear grease. A large crock is kept into which are dropped
all rind, trimmings of hams and shoulders, even lard cracklings,
and to this are added any surplus meat fryings or fat of any
should, however, be free from sediment or lean meat bits of any
kind. The weight of this material has the same value for
soap-making as an equal weight of clear grease.
No Hard Soap Making Rules
There are no hard and fast rules for making soap. One gains
knowledge and skill by experience in this as in other things,
but with ordinary judgment and common sense there is little
danger of failure. To each five pounds of grease fellow one box
of potash and a gallon of soft water. Put the water in a large
iron kettle, out-of doors, and add the lye. Stir with a stick
until dissolved, then add the grease and boll until all scraps
are eaten up.
Keep the fire low in order to prevent the pot's boiling over
and add a little cold water from time to time to keep the
contents down; also stir often. As soon as the mixture has
boiled about two hours and the scraps are all dissolved add
another gallon of water for each box of lye used and boll until
it looks "soapy," then add a handful of two of salt, which will
cause the soap and water to separate, and boll until the mixture
strings off the stick. Take out a little in a dish and cool. If
when perfectly cool the soap is solid, with the lye distinctly
separated at the bottom of the dish, it is done.
When done remove from the fire and turn into a tub or jars or
let stand in the kettle to harden for 24 hours. Then cut into
blocks, using a long butcher knife and fork so that the new soap
will not come into contact with the hands. There will be a
quantity of jellied lye under the soap, and it should all be
carefully scraped off. The soap should be placed on boards or on
heavy paper in the attic or some other out-of-the-way place,
where it will not freeze, to cure and harden.
Here at Persuasive Essay Topics of Today and Yesterday we're mostly
pleased to bring you the great news about household soaps
including the ever popular green soap. Folks from 1916 have
mostly gone underground, but once they were clean and sweet
smelling. Never let it be said that only modern walking around
folks love their soap. Waste not, want not, said one famous soap
man. Let that be a lesson to you!
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