The History of Soap

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The Babylonians boiled together animal fats and ashes

2800 B.C

The Egyptians mixed vegetable oils with wood ashes

1550 B.C

The Phoenicians added goat's tallow and alkaline salts

600 B.C

Arabs made solid and liquid soaps using vegetable and aromatic oils.

300 AD

Europe starts using olive oil instead of vegetable oil

1700 AD

Women in the United States start making soap from Lye

1725 AD

Nicolas LeBlanc discovered how to make caustic soda from table salt

1790 AD

Ernest Solvay: table salt to make soda ash. Reducing cost & boosting quantity

1861

Synthetic detergents are created by Germans due to the shortage of fats

1916

US develops household detergents

1930

Phosphorous compounds are added to household detergents

1940

Dishwashing powder and other all purpose cleaners were developed

1950

Pre-wash soaps and detergents are created

1960

Fabric softeners and hand soaps developed

1970

Development of super concentrated liquid and powder detergents

1990

Eco-friendly dissolvable detergent packages and disposable wipes

2000