Counts detergent as a mild soap

Special soaps and soap substitutes

Soap can be used in many ways. Did you know there is soap for washing your hair? DIE UMWELTBERATUNG introduces you to some special products:

Traditional Aleppo soap

Aleppo soap has been made using traditional saponification methods in Turkey and Syria in the Aleppo region for centuries. Pure Aleppo soap consists of only a few, all-natural ingredients, olive oil and bay oil. It is particularly gentle on the skin and is suitable for people with sensitive skin.

Wash hair with hair soap

Natural hair soaps have several advantages over conventional shampoos: They are much more economical, do not need plastic packaging and do not contain any synthetic ingredients. In addition, many users say that after the acclimatization phase when switching from hair shampoo to hair soap, the hair looks better cared for. Important for hard water: rinse the hair after washing with an "acidic rinse" of water with apple cider vinegar or lemon juice so that the so-called lime soap dissolves and the hair shines!

Curd soap for the household

Curd soaps usually contain less oil, more water and no moisturizing substances such as glycerine. Many curd soaps are commercially available as body soaps, unscented and inexpensive. They are suitable for cleaning, washing and felting.

Gall soap against stains

Gall soap is a home remedy made from curd soap and beef bile and is used as a stain remover. The action of the gall soap is primarily based on enzymes. It is available as a solid soap or in liquid form. The stain is moistened with plenty of water and then rubbed with wet gall soap. This is followed by hand washing or a washing cycle in the machine. Less detergent can be used because the gall soap cleans well. Solid gall soap is more environmentally friendly because it works without a plastic bottle. But be careful: For sensitive fabrics such as wool and silk, liquid gall soap is the better alternative, as it is gentle on the material.


Soap products labeled “pH-neutral”, “alkali-free” or “sensitive” are mostly syndets, so-called synthetic detergents. In contrast to real soaps, syndets are made from artificial raw materials, e.g. B. synthetic surfactants obtained. They can contain many other additives such as colorings, preservatives, fragrances, etc. The advantage of syndets is that their pH is adjusted to the skin. That makes Syndets easier to tolerate than soap. Because soap has a pH value of 8 to 9 and when washing shifts the pH value of the skin into the alkaline (basic) range, which can cause irritation.