In today's world, soap is a classic everyday object that comes in numerous different varieties. It is therefore all the more exciting to look into the history of soap, its use and interesting facts. It quickly becomes apparent that the image that many people have of soap today does not correspond in the least to the one that prevailed several hundred years ago, for example.
Fact #1: Soap used to help heal wounds
More than 4,500 years ago, the Sumerians were already producing a type of soap. At that time, however, the aim was not to cleanse the body, but rather to make wounds heal faster. Over time, the soap recipe spread to many different countries. At some point, however, people noticed that the appropriate composition was able to support not only wound healing, but also body care.
Gradually, the recipe of the soap was adapted. The first variant, which resembles the current process, comes from the Arabs. They boiled lye and oil in the 7th century. The resulting mass became solid and could be used - similar to modern soap today. From then on, masses of soap were produced using this process, especially in France and Spain.
Fact No. 2: In the Middle Ages little soap was used
After soap had experienced a real boom - both for cleaning and wound healing purposes - the setback came in the Middle Ages. Many people feared that plague and cholera in particular could spread through bath water. The "solution": washing with dry powder. It was King Louis XIV who is said to have ensured that soap continued its triumphal march. After, among other things, a purity law was introduced that emphasized the quality of soaps, especially in France, the care product was once again mass produced and sold.
Fact No. 3: There is a World Hand Hygiene Day
World Hand Hygiene Day is celebrated every year on May 5. That the choice fell on this day of all days is no coincidence. After all, this is the 5.5. (two hands á five fingers).
Once you have internalized this mnemonic, you are unlikely to forget this day in a hurry. By the way: Hand Hygiene Day is a comparatively young phenomenon that was only launched by the WHO in 2009.
However, it would be wrong to assume that this is only about communicating the need for regular hand washing to children. Instead, World Hand Hygiene Day is intended to help raise general awareness of this important issue.
Fact No. 4: Soaps became more and more a lifestyle product
Due to the enormous range in which high-quality soaps are offered in this day and age, this "everyday accessory" is now much more than just a "means to an end".
The large selection of different fragrances and variants alone shows that today it is not difficult to find a soap that suits not only your own type, but also different areas of use.
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