What is soap?

Julia Agafonova
Julia Agafonova
January 26, 2015
What is soap?

If it were not for the French chemist Michel Eugène Chevreul, who at the beginning of the 19th century determined the composition of the means for personal hygiene, we did not even know what soap was.

Soap in its usual sense

So what is “soap”? This is a cosmetic product that contains in its composition the sodium salt of fatty acids, produced by a chemical reaction of alkali and fats, whether it is vegetable or animal. As it turns out that alkaline-washed fats can wash away dirt or dust, it helps to understand the material. Why soap washes. Additional skin-friendly ingredients (clay, extracts, essential oils) can be added to its basic formulation. But what exactly will be in this or that piece of soap is the decision of technologists and manufacturers.

Modern production of soap has developed a huge number of recipes for making soap. Toilet is made for daily use, souvenir soap - as a gift, and household - for cleaning and washing. The latter does not have a particularly pleasant aroma and aesthetic appearance, but also has certain beneficial properties.What is the soap, read the article What makes laundry soap.

Other meanings of the word "soap"

How often the word "soap" we meet is not for its intended purpose: "judge on soap", "without soap in ... you climb" and others.

"Judge on soap" - this phrase is used by fans while watching football matches. By uttering it, not everyone understands what this expression means. There are two versions of the true meaning of the phrase:

  1. send a judge to recycle soap as a raw material (as the fat of dogs was once used in soap making).
  2. borrowed from the Poles, but not in the original, but rephrased into Russian. For comparison: the Polish expression sounds like this: “judging by washing” (judicial error). True, like the expression "judge the soap"?

If you decipher the second phrase, its offensive expression can often be heard in the direction of people who are too intrusive to certain people and are too ardently asking for attention.