Identifier: Tobacco Farm Life Museum
Before the advent of modern-day spray bottle cleaners and detergents, anything that had to be cleaned on the farm was cleaned with a bar soap called lye. Lye soap is made using a combination of animal fat (usually hog), water and lye. The concoction cooks in a large cast iron pot over an open flame and is stirred using wooden paddles. The mixture is molded into cubes and let to harden until needed. Early 20th Century. more...