Azul e branco soap

Azul e branco (Blue and White), also known as sabão Offenbach (Offenbach soap), and sometimes as Sabão macaco (Monkey soap), is a type of soap used in Portugal.[1] It is comparable to household soap, but it has a rugged texture, bulky shape, lack of odour and can generally be purchased in many convenience stores and supermarkets. In Portuguese "azul e branco" literally means "blue and white", which are the distinctive colours of the soap. It can also be found in red and white.

Azul e Branco soap

Given the size of a bar of soap (a long 6-sided prism which weighs approximately 1.5 kg), it must be cut to the desired size before use.

Formerly, azul e branco soap was popularly used to wash linen, carpets, floors and also for personal hygiene.

Popular brands include Clarim, Confiança and Solavar.


Being more effective than normal soap,[citation needed] it was formerly used to disinfect operating theatres. On the advent of the 2009 Influenza A virus pandemic, the Portuguese health minister advised the population to use it as a substitute for the alcohol-based hand cleaners that emerged at that time.[1]

Its usage has greatly declined in recent years as more attractive soaps and detergents become more common, but around 6,000 metric tons are still produced every year.[1]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel SARS coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), Azul e Branco soap is being put again into use by public institutions, namely in bathrooms.[2] Commercial demand is also increasing as stocks are rupturing and prices increase, with schools and regular consumers being the main customers.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c "O sabão azul e branco já tem 150 anos e continua a vender 6 mil toneladas". Jornal de Negócios. 23 September 2009. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
  2. ^ "O que vai mudar na Justiça por causa do coronavírus". Rádio Renascença. 2020-03-09. Retrieved 2020-03-10.
  3. ^ "Novos clientes nas velhas drogarias: a culpa é do sabão azul e branco". Diário de Notícias. 2020-03-12. Retrieved 2020-03-12.