There are a lot of
back to basics movements out there, involving all aspects of one’s life. I know a family of nine in my area that’s chosen to make their own clothes, heat their water on the stove, and such. There are lots of diet alternatives, including veganism, raw-food diets, and various attempts to eat only what cavemen did (and never mind that the lifespan of the caveman wasn’t so long).
I’d never heard, before, though, about folks who don’t use soap. But BoingBoing can always be relied on to find the interesting and the strange. The comments are very mixed, with many strongly supporting the idea, some saying
I haven’t touched soap in [however long].
I get the concept, but I don’t really see how it works with the way we currently live. Probably no one cared whether the cave man was clean, but we do, and a good rinse and a wipe with a wet cloth doesn’t always do it. Surfactants may remove body oils, important or not, as sort of
collateral damage... but they also help us get the crap off of us. What does one do when one has sworn off soap and one gets really grimy?
My favourite comment is number 20:
I really would not want to eat dinner at this man’s house.No, it’s okay, I rinsed the chicken blood off my hands with pure, clean water! My skin is so soft and smooth, why would you worry about food poisoning?