When Was Soap Invented?


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Records show that in 2800 B.C. the Babylonians used soap. They inscribed the recipe for soap on clay containers and used it to prepare cotton for weaving.

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Egyptian records from 1500 B.C. evidence using oil and salts to create soap for washing and treating sores and skin diseases. In 600 B.C. the Phoenicians made soap for goats tallow and wood ashes. The ancient Greeks had a cleanser for pots and statues of gods made of lye and ashes. Early Romans in the first century A.D. used urine for a soap like substance. They later made hard and soft soap from tallow and ashes. A soap factory was discovered in the ruins of Pompeii. The Celts called their soap "saipo," where the word soap originates. Arabians made hard and liquid soap that was perfumed and colored.

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