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Soap is a combination of animal fat or vegetable oil and caustic soda. Through the ages soap has been used to wash wool in textile industry, to cure skin sores and diseases, to dye hair, and as a salve or skin ointment. But today it is generally used as a cleanser or perfume. There are some interesting facts about soap which you probably didn't know about.

  • The history of soap dates back to almost six thousand years. Around 2800 B C E, excavations of ancient Babylon revealed cylinders with inscriptions of making soap. Later, in 1500 B C E, records from Egypt that the The Egyptians regularly bathed, using a soap made by combining animal fats with wood ash.
  • Soap was first used as a medicinal agent.

  • Early soaps were mainly used for cleaning clothes and and for curing animal hides.

  • Children under 5 who wash with soap can reduce their risk of pneumonia by 46%

  • We absorb 60% of the substances we put on our skin.

  • October 15th is Global Handwashing Day.

  • The largest soap bubble was created on October 9th, 2005 and measured 105.4 cubic feet. If you could fill it with baseballs it would hold 13.627 of them.

  • 1/3 of the worlds soap is used by the U.S

Few images from soap history

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