From the Factory to the Bathtub

The last step of the soap manufacturing process is packaging, with bars of soap typically wrapped and packed either individually or in multi-packs before final delivery to retailers. Like every industrial supplier, soap manufacturers must consider cost, waste, shelf appeal, and ease of use when selecting packaging materials. Once these decisions are made, the finished soap is packaged and transported to distributors.

Bar soap was the world’s first mass produced form of soap, and it remains an important commodity today. In recent years, however, sales of bar soap have largely been eclipsed by liquid soap, which now accounts for 87% of annual soap sales. Despite this shift, the traditional bar of soap still has many uses in our cleanliness-obsessed culture, and demand for all forms of the sudsy substance is sure to remain strong.

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