Blocks of soap were not always easy to come by. Photo: ShutterstockBlocks of soap were not always easy to come by. Photo: Shutterstock
Blocks of soap were not always easy to come by. Photo: Shutterstock
Jason Wordie
Opinion

Opinion

Then & Now by Jason Wordie

Soap was once the great hygiene divider, how times have changed

  • The source of much international mirth, soap has evolved a great deal since the mid-19th century carbolic blocks became broadly available
  • Formerly expensive shower gels and liquid shampoos are now so ubiquitous that some are unfamiliar with bar soap

Blocks of soap were not always easy to come by. Photo: ShutterstockBlocks of soap were not always easy to come by. Photo: Shutterstock
Blocks of soap were not always easy to come by. Photo: Shutterstock
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