Soap. The real common denominator.
Whether you make use of an overpriced luxury brand, or just a basic bottom of the range bar of whatever is on special, all of us use soap at least once a day. More if we count the different applications and variations. To keep ourselves clean, we use body soap, hair soap (shampoo) and tooth soap (toothpaste). To keep our clothes clean we use washing powder. For our cutlery and dishes we use dish soap. We have car shampoos, floor polish and shoe polish. All in the pursuit of cleanliness.
And yet we never really stop to think about this miracle substance that keeps us and our environment looking and smelling good, and a whole lot healthier. As a salt of fatty acids, this base has been used since 2800BC as a cleaning agent to enhance general hygiene, and can be said to be a major contributor to the rise of general health and wellbeing of the human race.
Whether you are using soap to wash your hands after going to the bathroom, or scrubbing up to prevent infection during a life-saving surgery, the contribution that soap has made, and keeps making to our everyday lives is one of the utmost importance. One that should not be overlooked when we assess the distance mankind has come from its early days as mere animals.
So next time when you are working up a froth to scrub off the dirt from your body, give a thought to the one thing we all have in common, the one thing we all rely on, and cheers to soap.