Thursday, July 23, 2009

Fun Facts About Soap

Most of the cleansing bars that you buy at the store are detergents-and not soaps at all. They are called syndet bars, or synthetic detergent bars.

The first soaps were formed by boiling animal fat (or olive oil around the Mediterranean) to dryness with ashes from a wood fire, which contain potassium hydroxide.

The first literary reference to soap as a means of cleansing was by the Greek physician Galen in the second century A.D. By 1700.

The early soaps were generally used for cleaning clothes and for curing animal hides. The Romans used soap on their bodies as part of bathing.

By 1890 many variations of soap were offered, with the five major companies being, Colgate, Morse Taylor, Albert, Pears, and Bailey.

Per capita consumption of soap: U.S. 25 Ib.; The Netherlands 24 Ib.; United Kingdom 20 Ib.; Japan 7 Ib.; Brazil 6.8 Ib.; world average 6.6 Ib.; Russia 5.7 Ib. (compared to less than 2 Ib. 20 years ago); British India, 4 oz.; China, 2 oz.

Murphy's Oil Soap is the chemical most commonly used to clean elephants.

Something that I have been experimenting with recently is making my own soap. It's not all that hard and it does save a lot of money in the long run. I would recommend reading Make Your Own Soap: A Full-Colour, Step-by-Step, Photographic Guide to Making Soap for guidance and step by step instructions on making your own soap. This book helped me tremendously!

Other Resources for Soap Making:


Somesh Sid said...

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