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Old 04-06-2013, 08:20 PM   #121
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As a child, when I got bitten by the pig, the doctor made a paste out of melted Kirkman soap and put it on the bite. It cleared up the infection. So Kirkman and other soaps of the same kind must have infection fighting ingredients.
My Scottish ex-MIL taught me to make a poultice of grated pure soap (Ivory, Sunlight laundry bar soap) and sugar and wet with the intended patient's saliva for boils or infected splinters. It works really well, but you really do have to use saliva.
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:33 PM   #122
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My Scottish ex-MIL taught me to make a poultice of grated pure soap (Ivory, Sunlight laundry bar soap) and sugar and wet with the intended patient's saliva for boils or infected splinters. It works really well, but you really do have to use saliva.
I doubt the doctor used his saliva and he certainly didn't ask for mine. He had my mother put a pot on the stove with water, added shaved Kirkman soap and then waited for it to cool down until it wouldn't burn me. He then added the unfurled gauze into the pan and soaked it in the paste. Then he wrapped it around the wound. It was on my knee. I still have the scar. He came to the house twice a week to change the dressing.
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I doubt the doctor used his saliva and he certainly didn't ask for mine. He had my mother put a pot on the stove with water, added shaved Kirkman soap and then waited for it to cool down until it wouldn't burn me. He then added the unfurled gauze into the pan and soaked it in the paste. Then he wrapped it around the wound. It was on my knee. I still have the scar. He came to the house twice a week to change the dressing.
The poultice your doctor used was for healing and to prevent infection. The one I learned was for draining already existing infection.
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:32 AM   #124
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I made my first batch last night...used the Fels. Almost awake enough to go take a look.
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:33 AM   #125
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I made my first batch last night...used the Fels. Almost awake enough to go take a look.
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:04 PM   #126
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Good for you!
Got it stirred up and put some in a container that I will have in the car for laundromat trips. The small jug I have is almost empty and I will be using it for the final step. I do laundry tomorrow, will let you know what I think.
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:31 AM   #127
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Got it stirred up and put some in a container that I will have in the car for laundromat trips. The small jug I have is almost empty and I will be using it for the final step. I do laundry tomorrow, will let you know what I think.
Glad you made some, PF. Don't be surprised if it thickens (gels) up a bit. That's normal. Just shake vigorously before using. I love the stuff. It's also great for getting spots out of carpet and upholstery.
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:57 AM   #128
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Apparently I did laundry last week, so next week when I do laundry...It did gel up and I just stirred it down, the container I have it in I can shake without putting my back out.
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And, it doesn't "make suds." I shake my jar before I scope out the 1/2 c. (Is it 1/2 c?)--anyway, that's what I use.
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Old 04-08-2013, 04:47 PM   #130
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I thought it was 1/4th cup...I'll be checking that. I'm using a two gallon and a .75 gallon Arm & Hammer detergent containers, the two gallon for filling the .75 halfway. I can pick both up and shake them without hurting myself. The 5 gallon bucket is another story, but I have a 2ft long wooden spoon for stirring that.
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