02-06-2017, 10:08 PM
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Gents, as the subject implies, I intend to sell some used soaps here locally in India and request guidance on few possible questions which may arise from a buyer 's standpoint :

A. What could be a possible hiccup for any one to buy used soaps?
B. Is it safe enough to buy a used soap? I don't have any skin condition but incase I had one, would it have any impact on the other person using my soap?
C. What is the right way of making a soap usable for anyone else's use? Apart from blooming the puck.

I have started to realize that the present collection of 25 odd soaps is way too high and won't do justice if any of the soap is rendered useless due to infrequent use.

I am contemplating of disposing of some soaps from the same brand to reduce my den and make way for some new hardware.

Please advise.

Thanks in advance.



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 02-07-2017, 11:32 AM
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A) Some people will just think that using a soap that had been used by somebody else is akin to brushing with somebody else's toothbrush, and they won't be convinced otherwise; therefore, they will not buy

B) Depends on what you mean by "safe enough."  It is certainly possible for bacteria to be transmitted via soap, but not very likely, as soap is very basic and as such is fairly inhospitable to most soaps

c) I feel that scraping off the top 1/8th of an inch or so and then rinsing the soap with water and allowing it to air dry completely would likely make it quite safe.  Others may disagree.  There's no good science out there about this particular topic and there likely never will be. 


And yes, I am a doctor.  In fact, I'm an infectious diseases subspecialist.

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 02-07-2017, 11:53 AM
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(02-07-2017, 11:32 AM)kingfisher Wrote: A) Some people will just think that using a soap that had been used by somebody else is akin to brushing with somebody else's toothbrush, and they won't be convinced otherwise; therefore, they will not buy

B) Depends on what you mean by "safe enough."  It is certainly possible for bacteria to be transmitted via soap, but not very likely, as soap is very basic and as such is fairly inhospitable to most soaps

c) I feel that scraping off the top 1/8th of an inch or so and then rinsing the soap with water and allowing it to air dry completely would likely make it quite safe.  Others may disagree.  There's no good science out there about this particular topic and there likely never will be. 


And yes, I am a doctor.  In fact, I'm an infectious diseases subspecialist.

Agreed.

That being said, I have shied away from selling used soaps/creams. IMO, not worth it.

I don't purchase used soaps/creams.

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 02-07-2017, 03:31 PM
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Some people just have an issue with buying a used soap and one has to accept that.  I've never bought a used soap, although that has nothing to do with health concerns.  My sense is that the risk of infection is so low as to be practically non-existent.  However, I find it entirely reasonable if someone has that concern or otherwise does not feel comfortable with the idea .  I have given away a good number of soaps over the years.  What I do is rinse them out very well under running hot water for an extended period of time, then allow them to dry for 24 hours prior to putting the lid back on.

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 02-08-2017, 03:21 AM
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Thanks Gents. I am still able to find my answer in the replies above. Appreciate.



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 02-08-2017, 04:04 AM
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(02-06-2017, 10:08 PM)Jags009 Wrote: Gents, as the subject implies, I intend to sell some used soaps here locally in India and request guidance on few possible questions which may arise from a buyer 's standpoint :

A. What could be a possible hiccup for any one to buy used soaps?
B. Is it safe enough to buy a used soap? I don't have any skin condition but incase I had one, would it have any impact on the other person using my soap?
C. What is the right way of making a soap usable for anyone else's use? Apart from blooming the puck.

I have started to realize that the present collection of 25 odd soaps is way too high and won't do justice if any of the soap is rendered useless due to infrequent use.

I am contemplating of disposing of some soaps from the same brand to reduce my den and make way for some new hardware.

Please advise.

Thanks in advance.



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Don't worry about any soap being rendered useless due to infrequent use. Creams, yes soaps.......I have 60, 70 year old soaps that are not only still good but the best I have. I have the same problem with too many soaps and creams. I'm not worried about the soaps, I'm working on using up the creams by using them exclusively during weekdays.

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