Does liquid soaps or any soap expires?

Philippines
September 13, 2010 9:57am CST
I was browsing my bathroom cabinet when I saw this a soap that I used many years ago. I was wondering if I can still use it after so many years? It still smells nice and the texture is still the same. I looked for an expiration date but couldn't find it. Can I still use it?
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10 responses
@ddaguno (3110)
• Philippines
14 Sep 10
Don't! I used an expired liquid sop once and I felt itchy all over afterwards. I don't know if it was caused by the soap or if ti was psychological. but as a friend, I advise you not to use it anymore.
• Philippines
14 Sep 10
That's scary. Thanks for the advice.
@shia88 (4582)
• Malaysia
13 Sep 10
Hi, Frankly speaking, I never notice whether soap has expire date or not. But to me,if I have some soaps that was in cabinet for few years, I may still use it just to clean my hand or leg,but not my body and face. I believe it is still fine to use to clean for leg and hand. Or you can still use that old soaps to clean some other things in your households. It is such a wasted to throw them away,since the colour and texture of the soap does not change.
• Philippines
14 Sep 10
Nice advice. It will be such a waste if I just throw it away....
@bokal2703 (802)
• Philippines
13 Sep 10
even if its scent and texture did not change, you should not use it anymore since you said it is actually been there for years. using it may cause you skin irritation since its chemical composition may have been altered already. The active component of soap may actually metabolize or reacted to other chemical component which maybe harmful for your skin. It is much safer not to use it even it looks the same as it was. Chemical properties can be changed without actually altering its look or smell...use something new.
• Philippines
14 Sep 10
Wow. Are you a chemist?
@Jennlk84 (4219)
• United States
13 Sep 10
Ya know, that is a really good question! I tend to stock up on hand soap when Bath and Body Works has big sales. It's just my husband and I that live here so we don't go through the soap super fast and often I have bottles of it that sit under our cabinet for quite a while before being used. I decided to do a little bit of research because I was also curious about the expiration dates of these types of products. I found this very interesting website. It actually has expiration dates for a lot of different household products! You should check it out. http://www.organizeyourlife.org/expiration.htm Unfortunately I didn't find hand soap on that website, so I kept researching. From what I've read, it sounds like soap will continue to work for a long time but I haven't found a cut and dry website to say hey..soap is good for this many years. Hope that makes sense!
• Philippines
14 Sep 10
I checked on my newer stuffs in the bathroom. Some of them have an expiration date that easily rubs off! While others don't even have expiration dates (or maybe they rubbed off!) Most of them can only be used for a year. Such a waste! Especially those expensive ones that you are trying to preserve and used only on special occasions!
@harmonee (1236)
• United States
14 Sep 10
I'm sure at some point it expires, but if it smells and feels okay, it's probably still fine. I think if it is past it's prime it would have a different consistency and maybe start separating or changing color. I would still use it.
@Metatronik (5911)
• Pasay, Philippines
14 Sep 10
I actually don't have any idea about expiration date but then as long as it has a good smell and does not look something strange then I think I can be comfortable to use it.
@akn1961 (1035)
• India
14 Sep 10
yes this is very ood question ,soaps are not having any expiry , cetainly quality must be going down ,effect of same is not known ,may be after sometime some finding will come,thanks for sharing.
@jane239 (521)
13 Sep 10
Things like shower gels and moisturisers etc usually say they are okay for up to 24 months after their opening. Some brands say 6-12 months. So I presume it would be all right. I've used things that I've found in the back of the cupboard for years and not had any problems and I've got sensitive skin. Maybe do a patch test first and use a bit on your arm and then leave it for 24 hours to see if you get any reaction.
@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
13 Sep 10
I haven't bought bar soap in a long while,but I don't think they have a best before date..as long as it still works as soap,go for it! I see products like liquid soaps and shower gels (Here in the UK) that have a symbol of what looks like a small Jar with the lid off on the label and a number beside it..this refers to how long the manufacturer recommends you use the product once it has been opened (In Months)..some products have 3,6,or 12 on them..
@daliaj (5689)
• India
13 Sep 10
This is a good question. I never noticed the expirty date of a soap, but I think it has an expiry, but it doesn't really matter. I am very careful about the expiry dates of food materials: the things we consume. I am extremely careful when it comes to medicine. I always double check the expiry date of a medicine when I buy it and before each time I consume it.