The Watering Hole: July 8 — Soap

I’m not sure why, but since yesterday’s post by Walt regarding bathroom tissue, I’ve been wanting…no, needing to wash my hands.  Might have been the sticks…

The earliest recorded evidence of the production of soap-like materials dates back to around 2800 BC in Ancient Babylon.  In the reign of Nabonidus (556-539 BCE) a recipe for soap consisted of uḥulu [ashes], cypress [oil] and sesame [seed oil] “for washing the stones for the servant girls”.  A formula for soap consisting of water, alkali, and cassia oil was written on a Babylonian clay tablet around 2200 BC.

I’ve always been fascinated by soap-making…

I think I’ll try it one of these days!

This is our daily open thread — srsly, don’t you feel better
now that your hands are clean?