Soap, was a luxury product

These widespread practices in the Wild West show how wild the times really were

By YEET MAGAZINE | Updated 1408 GMT (2208 HKT) September 29, 2021

Soap, a luxury product

When the inhabitants of the Wild West had the opportunity to take a bath, they did not have shower gel or bubble bath to help them wash and smell good.

At best, soap in the Old West was a coarse slab made mostly of animal or plant fat. It was so unrefined and so corrosive, in fact, that it could even cause skin irritations that were often very painful. It was the price to pay for having any semblance of cleanliness at the time.