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Published on July 2nd, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

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Feelgood Quickie: Recycled Hotel Soap Helps Children in Developing Countries

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recycled hotel soap can improve health for children in developing countries

Who uses a whole bar of soap when they stay at a hotel?

Some of us don’t use those little bars at all, opting to bring natural cleansers of our own instead, but it turns out that hotel soap can do a wold of good for children in developing countries.

Our sister site, Sustainablog, had a great piece on saving up hotel soap to help children in need. According to Jeff McIntire-Strasburg, a new group called Clean the World has “developed a process to sanitize that used hotel soap (as well as leftover shampoo), reform it into new bars, and then gets it to parts of the world that can use it.” The secret? Steam!

Check out the group’s video, highlighting how used hotel soap can help improve children’s health in developing countries:

Who knew that those little bars of soap and mini bottles of shampoo could do so much good?

Image credit: Phanton at Wikimedia Commons


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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



  • http://blog.sustainablog.org Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

    Thanks for giving this some love, Becky… I love what these folks are doing!

    • http://importantmedia.org/members/beckyanne/ Becky Striepe

      Of course, Jeff! Thanks for writing up the original post – I wouldn’t have found it otherwise. What a cool program!

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