A soap substitute refers to detergents or cleansing creams, other than soap, for cleaning the skin, especially removing greasy films or glandular exudates.[1] Soap contains a increasingly high amount of synthetic elements than actual ingredients intended to cleanse the skin.[2] The use of everyday cleansing soap has correlated to several cases of topical skin problems like acne and eczema. Making the switch to soap alternatives welcomes the replacement of chemical-ridden body wash for eco-friendly products. Soap substitutes can be made from a variety of sources including plants with high saponin levels. Soap substitutes should not be confused with natural cleaning products which are cleaning agents for kitchen and house use. Plants with high saponin levels are purported to contain saponins in sufficient quantities to produce lather (when mashed plant parts are beaten in water) and can be used either as is or in soap or shampoos.[3]

Soap substitute plantsEdit

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  1. ^ Soap substitute definition
  2. ^ Nutrition, Center for Food Safety and Applied. "Products - Soap: FAQs". www.fda.gov. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
  3. ^ The Herb Book by John Lust