If you happen to be cooking over a wood fire, you can learn from our ancestors and use wood ashes to clean your pots, pans, and dishes. Mixing wood ashes with fats and oils left in dirty cookware will make a very basic type of soap that works well.
People have used wood ashes as a source of lye to make soap for centuries. The small amount of lye you extract from a few cups of wood ashes will not harm you but it can leave your hands dry. Be sure to wash them after the dishes are cleaned and maybe put on some protective lotion.
Take your greasiest pot and add a few cups of wood ash to it. Add some hot water to make a paste; the hot water will create potassium…
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