We don’t often give much consideration to the soap we use to stay hygienic – but it’s probably time we did. Let’s look at the nitty-gritty of this common cleaning supply a little more closely…

Not all soap is… well… soap!

In fact, the vast majority of ‘soaps’ we use in personal and household care are no longer soap.

Don’t worry – this is a good thing!

Classic soap, made from saponifying a fat with lye, is the number one culprit for building that layer of scum in your bathroom, and no one wants that.

Most shower gels, almost all liquid soaps and even a fair few modern bar soaps are known as ‘synthetic soaps’, getting the same cleaning job done without the possibility of interacting with hard water.

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Natural soaps

Castile soap, and some soaps marketed as ultra-natural through organic brands, are one of the only modern soap ‘types’ that can generally be classed as legitimate soap.

Depending on your personal taste, you may prefer to use a traditional soap for personal care – but be sure to take steps to reduce its exposure to water to cut down on scum formation.

Rather use a good soap container and keep it out of the shower when you don’t need it.

For household cleaning, it’s generally best to stick to shop-bought cleaner, or find an alternative to soap – such as some of the DIY recipes we’ve shared – in order to avoid that scummy build up destroying the look of your home.