The origins of personal cleanliness date back to prehistoric times. Our early ancestors lived near water, and understood the basic cleansing properties of it.
That is to say, they at least realized that water would rinse dirt and mud from their skin. The earliest evidence of a "soap-like" material was found in ancient ruins of Babylon and date back to about 2800 B.C. in this article you can get the best information about home environmental products.
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According to an ancient Roman legend, soap got its name from Mount Sapo, a place where animals were sacrificed.
Rain would wash a mixture of melted animal fat, or tallow, and wood ashes down into the clay soil along the Tiber River. Women discovered this clay mixture and found it made their wash cleaner with much less effort.
The soap-making process developed over the centuries, but remains essentially the same, and "natural", until 1916. In response to the World War 1-related shortage of fats for making soap, Germany developed the first synthetic detergent.
Chemical increased over the years and a breakthrough in the development of detergents coming in 1946 in the United States when the first "built" detergent was introduced to the market as "all-purpose" wash laundry. In 1953 sales of detergents in the US surpassed those of soap.
Availability and lower cost of synthetic detergents have resulted in the use of this "chemistry" to replace the natural ingredients in many home and personal care products you use every day.
The average adult uses nine personal care products a day, which contains a total of 126 chemicals. There are about 10,500 chemicals (many of them with little or no testing) stirred into personal care products that line the shelves.