How Floating Soap Was Invented

Ivory has been producing their uniquely floating soap for the well over a century now and in hat time they've become one of the most popular soap brands in the world. For many years, the company has maintained that the discovery of its trademark floating soap was a complete accident, but exactly how true is this? » 3/26/15 7:15am Thursday 7:15am

The Spectacular Art of Painting With Soap Bubbles 

If you don't know how they're made, Jiří Georg Dokoupil's paintings might look like microscope photos of phosphorescent deep-sea hydrozoa, or maybe computer-generated cartoon characters. Turns out, they're actually the permanent evidence something way simpler: bubbles. » 1/12/15 9:00am 1/12/15 9:00am

UFO Soap Pumps: Take Me To Your Lever

If you've seen War of the Worlds, then it only makes sense that if an alien race were to visit our planet, they'd be pretty strict about personal hygiene before making contact with humans. Those tiny bacterial organisms all over our hands pose a real threat to extraterrestrials, so what better way to scrub up than… » 10/22/14 5:00pm 10/22/14 5:00pm

Why Those Little Plastic Microbeads in Your Soap Are So Bad

This week, Illinois became the first state in the country to ban exfoliating plastic beads. Good for Illinois. Plastic microbeads have been running off by the billions into the Great Lakes and the oceans, causing huge amounts of environmental damage. Yet most consumers didn't even realize they existed. » 6/15/14 10:46am 6/15/14 10:46am

Illinois Bans the Microbeads in Soap That Are Ruining the Great Lakes

Some years ago, soap companies began putting plastic exfoliating beads into body wash in hopes of greater profits and smoother skin. Since then, billions of plastic beads have polluted our waterways and poisoned fish. Illinois has become now the first state to take a stand against the beads. » 6/09/14 6:10pm 6/09/14 6:10pm

A Woman Replaced Her Soap With a Daily Mist of Bacteria—And It Worked

Since we dirty buggers have already made the case against antibacterial soap, it's time to consider the case against all soap. And showers. Basically all hygiene as we know it in the 21st century. In the latest New York Times Magazine, Julia Scott gives up soap for a mist of bacteria usually found in dirt—and finds… » 5/22/14 2:20pm 5/22/14 2:20pm

The Case Against Antibacterial Soap

It's been ingrained in us since childhood. Don't want to get sick? Wash your hands with antibacterial soap. But the same compound we entrust to fend off the sniffles could actually be harming us—and creating an army of superbugs in the process. It's time to ban antibacterial soap. » 5/22/14 10:00am 5/22/14 10:00am

Minnesota Just Became the First State to Ban Anti-Bacterial Soap

If you've ever washed your hands with anti-bacterial soap, there's a good chance you were rubbing yourself down with a chemical called triclosan—a chemical that's been proven to be harmful in humans in recent years. Now, Minnesota has become the first state to officially ban it. And yours could be next. » 5/20/14 1:40pm 5/20/14 1:40pm

Shaming Soap Alarm Won't Turn Off Until You Wash Your Hands

If you're someone who regularly washes your hands after going to the bathroom, statistics say that at least one of the people sitting on either side of you does not. And since personal hygiene clearly isn't motivation enough for these bathroom bandits, Safeguard is resorting to good, old-fashioned public shaming to… » 4/24/14 11:20am 4/24/14 11:20am

Shower Gun Lets You Blast Away Filth

If that bar of Zest doesn't provide enough of a thrill during your morning shower, consider upgrading to the Shower Gun. As far as cleaning products go, it's pretty self-explanatory. You fill it with an included bottle of blood-red shower gel, point the barrel at the filthiest parts of your body, and pull the trigger. » 8/08/13 10:55am 8/08/13 10:55am

Parabolic Soap Bubbles Are All About Math...And Bubbles!

Childhood summers are all about blowing iridescent soap bubbles out of plastic wands. It seems like a short-lived activity, but somehow it provides endless fascination. Involving an Arduino and some stepper motors might seem like overkill, but these parabolic bubbles are pretty mesmerizing. » 7/14/13 4:15pm 7/14/13 4:15pm

One Little Tweak Makes a Vastly Improved Soap Dispenser

There hasn't been much innovation in the soap dispenser world since self-pumping sensor-activated models entered the picture. But those can easily break and/or run out of batteries rendering their hands-free advantages moot. Which is why the simple design improvements of Joseph Joseph's new C-Pump are so brilliant. » 3/20/13 9:40am 3/20/13 9:40am

Your Antibacterial Soap Could Be Harming You

Every time you wash your hands using antibacterial soap you probably feel good because you're not spreading bugs. But check the bottle and you'll probably find the soap contains triclosan—a chemical that has just been shown to impair muscle function in humans. » 8/15/12 6:38am 8/15/12 6:38am

I'm Pretty Sure the New Hand Soap Is Trying to Kill Me

We love design at Gizmodo. It's one of our things. But what happens when design doesn't love us back, comes alive one night (I dunno, because of the debt ceiling or something) and decides to strangle us in our sleep? » 8/07/11 6:00pm 8/07/11 6:00pm

Break Off a Finger of Soap For Every Thorough Hand-Wash

Considering I wasn't the only one who thought yesterday's "toepener" bathroom door handle was simply one of the greatest inventions ever, perhaps other similarly-OCD people will also like the look of Dave Hakkens' Break Soap concept. » 4/06/11 6:00am 4/06/11 6:00am

Grate That Bar of Soap Like It's a Block of Cheap Cheddar

The designer may cite ecological reasons for eschewing the liquid soap for a bar of soap, but me? I just love the sheer brilliance of this concept. Grated soap! I demand all public toilets fit them immediately. [NathalieStämpfli via Kottke] » 1/10/11 1:20pm 1/10/11 1:20pm

Man Survives Without Using Soap For 18 Months—Could You?

What would happen if you went a year and a half without washing with soap and shampoo? Would your girlfriend ditch you? Friends loathe having to invite you 'round? Or, like Richard Nikoley and Sean Bonner, would life just...go on? » 1/06/11 7:00am 1/06/11 7:00am

A Corpse's Flesh Has Transformed into Soap

This body, buried in the 1800s, is known as Soapman. Why? Because when re-discovered in 1875, the fats on his body had transformed into soap. How did it happen? Don't click if you have a weak stomach. » 1/04/11 10:00pm 1/04/11 10:00pm

Glow-in-the-Dark Uranium Soap

Don't worry, it's not radioactive—nor has it been milled from the soaplakes of Chernobyl. But it is ocean scented! And organic. And vegan, and not tested on animals...you get the picture. Just $7. [PerpetualKid via 7Gadgets] » 12/02/10 1:20pm 12/02/10 1:20pm