Curd soap is a real all-rounder. Curd soap is traditionally made from less valuable fats, such as animal fats or palm oil. But there are also curd soaps made from coconut or olive oil for consumers who value sustainability, animal welfare or simply quality.
What distinguishes curd soap from other soaps – or perhaps more accurately “separates” it – is table salt (sodium chloride): By adding it to the soap mass during production, the so-called soap core is “separated”, i.e. detached from other ingredients, leaving “pure” soap remains.
This soap is harder and has a higher pH (above 7). In addition to the strong cleaning effect, mainly due to its degreasing properties, the yield of the curd soap is one of its advantages over other cleaning agents. In addition, the curd soap does not contain any fragrance or color additives.
The curd soap can be used in the classic way for washing hands, especially by people who are allergic to colourants, fragrances or other additives in cosmetics. But there is one thing: Because it has a degreasing effect, curd soap is only suitable for dry skin to a limited extent and it definitely needs additional care.
Will hands like that ever get clean again? It might work with curd soap. Especially with stubborn traces from the garden, kitchen or workshop, it is the means of choice to get grease or paint off the skin.
The degreasing power of curd soap can also be used by those who suffer from impure skin and pimples. In addition, curd soap has an antibacterial effect, another beneficial feature for facial cleansing with this type of skin. As with the hands, however, the same applies there: The skin should not dry out too much as a result of treatment with curd soap.
For people who like to experiment or those with an acute toothpaste emergency, the curd soap can also be used to brush their teeth. You have to think about the refreshing taste of peppermint.
A foot bath with curd soap prepares the skin well for a pedicure: thanks to its softening effect. This makes it easier to remove calluses or corns. All you have to do is rub a few flakes of curd soap into warm water with a kitchen grater and let your feet enjoy it for a few minutes.
The same application is expressly recommended for nail bed inflammation, both on the feet and on the hands, due to the antiseptic effect of curd soap.
If there is a splinter in the skin, a warm curd soap bath can have a healing effect on the affected area. Not only because it is treated with an antibacterial agent, but also because the skin softens. This makes it easier to pull the intruder out again.
Above all, curd soap removes nasty stains from clothes. Whether it’s coffee, carrots, cocoa or blobs of fat – a pre-treatment with curd soap before washing can make such annoyances disappear. Dampen the stain, rub with a bar of curd soap and let the magic work for a few minutes before putting the garment in the washing machine.
Speaking of washing machines: Curd soap can also be used as a detergent, in the already mentioned flake form (thanks to a kitchen grater) or as a homemade liquid detergent, mixed with other DIY cleaning ingredients such as baking soda.
An all-purpose cleaner can also be produced according to the same principle, which, for example, makes stainless steel surfaces or the stove in the kitchen shine again. But the curd soap can also do this on its own with water.
Washing brushes of all kinds is easier with curd soap. Especially special brushes, where greasy substances such as oil paint or make-up stick to the hair, can be cleaned well with curd soap. Simply lather up a spot on the bar of soap with the moistened brush and wash out until the brush is clean.
The all-rounder soap can even be used in the garden: aphids can be tackled with a mixture of curd soap and water by brushing or spraying the leaves with it (in this case in a slightly lower concentration).
All in all, a bar of curd soap can not only save space in your luggage, but also in the cleaning cupboard and in the yellow bin. With one or the other bottle that can replace the traditional household remedy, a piece of bad ecological conscience may disappear from the house.
This article was written by Petra Esselmann
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