The History Of Soap Making -
by Gary Everson
Records indicate that soap making began as far back as 2,800 B.C. Inscriptions
discovered on the sides of clay cylinders excavated from the ruins of ancient
Babylon describe the boiling of fats with ashes. Unfortunately the inscriptions
do not describe the use of the mixture.
Ancient Egyptians are known to have bathed regularly, a medical Papyrus from
about 1,500 B.C. describes the mixture of oils with alkaline salts to form a
soap-like mixture used both for washing and treating skin conditions.
According to an ancient Roman legend, soap got its name from Mount Sapo, where
the practice of animal sacrifice was carried out. It is said that the rain then
washed the mixture of animal fat and ashes down through the clay soil into river
Tiber, where women found that the mixture made their washing cleaner and did so
with much less effort.
Today the chemical reaction resulting from the combination of fats or oils with
an alkaline is still called saponification.
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