Welcome! This main page contains helpful articles about soap, soap substitutes, and much more to help give you the answers you’re looking for. This page is organized by categories of soap or the types of topics.
What is soap?
Soap describes the salt of fatty acids derived from other substances that can be placed into hard or liquid cleaning agents for everyday use. When we’re referring to common soap at home, we’re usually referring to surfactants used for washing the skin, bathing, washing hair, and a variety of common household housekeeping tasks.
Soap chemically works by solubilizing (making it soluble with water so it can be freed from attachment) common everyday things like dirt, stains, grime, and so forth. Soap can also kill microorganisms like germs and viruses by the outer layer called the lipid bilayer making them susceptible to being destroyed.
Soap can also emulsify, or liquidity, oils, and fats on surfaces making it possible to wash them away with running water or by hand with a sponge, cloth, or other cleaning items.
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Body wash is nice if you have it but it’s easy to run out – or not find it in the store at all! Can you just use your good ‘ole hand soap instead? Is it exactly the same, or is there more to the story?
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Hair washing soap substitutes
In a tough spot and ran out of shampoo? Or maybe you’re temporarily broke and can’t pick up more shampoo. Find out what your options are and if hand sanitizer will work – or if there’s a better way.
Soap nuts are a true blessing from nature and an excellent substitute for man-made and chemical-based soaps or shampoos. But are they ok to wash your hair with? Fear not! In this helpful guide you’ll learn it all!
General soap topics
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Sugar soap is a unique cleaner but what is it, how is it best put to good use, and what can it do? I’ll tell you here.
Serious about soap and want to take your washing and soap options to the next level? Learn how to make your own vegan soap, how it’s different from regular soap, and SO much more.