Friday, April 17, 2015

MY VIEW #53 - "I'll Keep it Clean"

Soap is a funny substance, mainly used to clean things and people, by scrubbing with water. Lye, ashes and fat are the main ingredients. It comes in many sizes, shapes, colours, smells and uses.

My earliest memories of soap is (sic) Mother bathing us, and blowing bubbles in the tub, and me screaming for more. The soap was green Palmolive, there was white Lux bar soap and red Lifebuoy, which didn't smell very nice and didn't make good bubbles.

1920s advertisement for Palmolive soap.
Laundry soaps were white Casteel (Castile) (It smelled so good and clean,) and another we used was Fell's Naptha Soap, a big brick that lasted a long time and smelled great. About this time Ivory Snow came out and was all big flakes, used for delicate laundry washing. Years later, Tide and such were popular and served.
Castile soap, which is still available in many forms.
The ones who objected to any kind of soap were boys, from age 1 to 18 years. Everyone seemed to hate to wash off dirt and those who did, did a half-hearted job of hands, neck and ears. To me it seemed the only time they got a good scrub was a Saturday night, which is recorded somewhere as "Bath Night." My Mom used to say, "That is the day all my flowers got watered and grew." She had a few funny sayings.

That's it for tonight.

Love from Mom xxx
March 21, 2007

I have my own funny soap story. When I was about two, living in England, soap was still rationed. We had a frosty day, and I saw the adults out sprinkling salt on the sidewalks to melt the ice. I decided to help, and sprinkled Mom's entire week's ration of soap flakes up and down the street. I still remember that incident, around 1950.