With COVID-19, the past twelve months have been all about hand hygiene, and this is likely to be the case for the foreseeable future. The pandemic has highlighted just how important hand hygiene is, with health experts citing it as a key weapon of protection and according to Mintel, 81% of all adults in the UK have said that they have washed their hands more frequently as a result. Although soap is by no means a new phenomenon, surprisingly hand hygiene for health reasons is actually a more modern-day practice.
A history lesson
A brief journey through history shows that the earliest soap was being made in around 2800BC and the first industrial manufacture of soap was 1700AD, but it is not until the twentieth century that commercially available soap was made.
Handwashing has been a central component of personal hygiene and a religious and cultural custom for many years, but the link between handwashing and health was made less than two