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On the Soapbox

Rhona Lewis

Are you one of those kids who wash their hands as soon as they walk through the front door after a day at school? If you aren’t, there’s a good reason to become one: 80% of infectious diseases like colds and flu are spread through touch. If you wash your hands with soap, you’ll destroy and wash away the viruses and bacteria you picked up from touching all those everyday objects like cafeteria tables, computer keyboards, and doorknobs. Wait a minute … what is soap anyway?

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

The First Soap Bubbles

The first documented soap bubbles popped inBabylonabout 4,800 years ago, when the Babylonians made soap by mixing animal fats with ashes and water, and oil from the cassia tree (a scented tree).

Much later, the Romans, who lived more than 1,500 years ago, bathed in water and used oils. But after the fall of theRoman Empire(476 CE), personal hygiene was almost totally abandoned, leading to centuries of diseases and plagues. Then, about 300 years ago, people began to realize that keeping clean meant keeping healthy. 

 

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