The history of soap dates back to Ancient Babylon. (A medical document from about 1500 BC describes combining animal and vegetable oils with alkaline salts to form a soap-like material used for treating skin diseases, as well as for washing!) For thousands of years, technologies have evolved to create the soaps and detergents we use to clean dishes, laundry, our homes and ourselves today.
Without cleaning products, life as we know it couldn’t exist. Soaps and the other cleaners we use every day prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. We rely on them to thwart the common cold, to sterilize operating rooms, to clean up after disasters, to avert foodborne illnesses, and to keep our homes and clothes looking better and lasting longer. This, of course, is just the beginning of the importance of soap.
How does your favorite cleaning product make life better for you? Share in the comments. And, find out more about the history of hygiene in this article on ACI’s website.