Lathering Up

One of the most common ways of using bar soap is the least effective in creating a lather and uses the most amount of soap; rubbing soap directly on your skin, or with your hand.  Small hand soaps at a sink are great for a quick wash of the hands before grabbing a sandwich.  While a washcloth or scrub will still do a better job of cleaning while using less soap that’s not always practical for a quick wash-and-go.

To really get a lather we need to start by applying a thin layer of soap on the material. 

When using a washcloth, get the washcloth wet and hold it in the palm of one hand facing up. With your soap bar in the other hand, rub the bar against the cloth shifting the cloth in your hand to thoroughly cover one side.  Set the bar down and with both hands fold the cloth together so that the soapy sides touch, and vigorously rub the soapy sides of the cloth together to create a lather on the cloth.  Add a little water for more bubbles, and a little less for a creamier texture.

Cooler water and soft water will each bring a thicker quicker lather.

Another way of soaping a wet washcloth is to fold the cloth over the soap and rub both sides against the bar.  After rubbing soap onto the cloth remove the bar and rub both sides of the cloth together to build a lather.  Lathering soap on a washcloth in this way should produce enough lather to cover most of the body without adding more soap to the cloth.

Always be sure to rinse your bar soap and place it on a rack to dry; and be sure to rinse your rack to keep it clean, too.

When using our soap pouches, wet the pouch and bar separately then place the soap bar in the pouch and rub the pouch against the bar to start a lather.  The friction of the pouch against the bar while in use will keep producing lather as it’s used. 

Remove the bar from the pouch before finishing for a softer bubblier lather from the soap still on the material.  Removing the bar from the pouch and placing it on a rack to dry will increase the life of your soap bar and your pouch.

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