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How Old Is Soap?

By Jeffrey Jackson

Beautiful substance is soap. Because of this product we are able to keep our friends, family, and jobs. It also helps us to feel clean, happy, and healthy. So how long exactly has the human race been using soap?

The art of soap making dates all the way back to the Babylonians. When ancient Babylon was being excavated, a clay cylinder that was dated 2800 BC had a soap like substance within it. There is also a clay tablet that had a formula for making soap that was dated 2200 BC.

Even the Egyptians used soap. It is mentioned in the Ebers papyrus that the Egyptians made a type of soap by combining animal and vegetable oils with alkaline salts. There is also Egyptian documentation that they used a substance like soap to prepare wool for weaving.

A Roman legend explains how soap received its name. The legend starts on Mount Sapo where animals were sacrificed to their Gods. The rain would carry the animal fat and ash down the mountain into the Tiber River’s clay.

Women would go to Tiber River to clean their laundry. After a while, the women discovered that using the clay mixture was a very effective tool in cleaning. Some say that this legend is not true because there is no such mountain, but as legends go no one knows for sure.

The art of soap making has been passed down through out time and is known as women’s work. In the 16th century, Europe made a finer soap by substituting vegetable oil for animal fat. It was Chemists that were the first to use vegetable oil, lye, and aromatic oils in soap.

Until the Industrial Revolution, soap making was done on a small and personal scale. The large manufacturing of soap helped to create low priced and higher quality soap. Transparent soap was invented in London by Andrew Pears in 1789.

The majority of today’s soap is still manufactured. Although, there are some shops and boutiques that sell their own line of home made soap. Some individuals still like making soap as a personal hobby.

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Jackson, Jeffrey "How Old Is Soap?." How Old Is Soap?. 23 Jun. 2010. 26 Sep 2014 <>.

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