Can using pure Olive Oil face soap ("Kiss my Face" brand) clog drains or pipes?

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  1. Chapel Hillian

    Chapel Hillian New Member

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    Hello,

    My Dermatologist has recommended I use this soap to wash my face, both in the morning and night.
    (Previously I was using a soap less face cleanser.)

    I know that olive oil can clog pipes and drains, so I was wondering if using this Olive Oil face soap twice a day could result in any drain or pipe clogs or other plumbing problems.

    I've tried an internet search and wasn't able to find anything about this. I'm very grateful I found your forum.

    Thank you!
     
  2. Reach4

    Reach4 Well-Known Member

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    I never heard that.
    It will not be a problem.

    Animal fats can clog drains. I think most bar soaps are made from animal fats (but I don't have statistics). Soaps made from animal fats don't clog drains, as far as I know.
     
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    Thank you so much for your reply! I really appreciate it. (I've been worried about this.)
    Have a wonderful day!
     
  6. WorthFlorida

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    If the drains are iron or steel, grease and fats can stick to the metal. If a jar full of bacon fat is poured down the drain it can become a problem if continued over time. The amount of fats in soap is so small that it would not be a problem. Soap is water soluble.

    Now, olive oil? It’s a vegetable oil and never heard that it can clog drains. It sounds like a myth. Animal fats harden at room temperature, vegetable oils remain a liquid. Soaps and detergents actually break down oils and grease. It’s why we use it to wash things.
     
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    Thank you so much for your response. That is very reassuring! I appreciate it.
    Have a great day.
     
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