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I realize this might sound really stupid, but it's been bothering me a lot lately...<br><br><br><br>
What do you all do when you're out at a restaurant or at work or wherever and wash your hands? I've been on-and-off vegan for more than 5 years now and it's never once occured to me that I'm constantly using a non-vegan product on my hands every day when I'm not using my own vegan soap at home.<br><br><br><br>
Is this even an issue for most people here? I feel like it's such a silly thing to be concerned about, but now I can't wash my hands outside of my home without thinking that I'm rubbing animal fat all over my hands...<br><br><br><br>
Anyway, any opinions and advice are greatly appreciated. Thank you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I think animal fat in liquid soap is rare.<br><br><br><br>
If I need soap when I'm out, I use it. I pee a lot, though, so I'm usually good with a rinse. Otherwise my hands get super dry, especially in this cold.
 

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You could always bring a little bar of soap in your purse/bag if it really gets to you. Honestly, I've thought about doing it.
 

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Yea, I'm starting to think I just need to carry soap around with me ...<br><br><br><br>
Is it really that rare for soap to have animal products in it? I just always assumed that everyday shampoos, lotions, soaps, etc. contained animal products because everything I owned when I went vegan did...?
 

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My impression is that the large majority of bar soaps do. Most shampoos and lotions are not vegan. I'm not sure about animal ingredients in liquid soaps, but some are still tested on animals.<br><br><br><br>
I'm going to start carrying around soap with me, too. I'm still in high school, so I'm going to get laughed at, but meh. It's worth it.
 

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method makes a handy little "no water needed" gel sanitizer. I've thought about bringing a bottle of that with me to work for quick, in-between customer disinfection for when the grubby little mallrats hand me their dirty, crumpled (and always <span style="text-decoration:underline;">moist</span> for some reason <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sick:">) money.
 

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I bring a little thing of hand soap with me. I used one of those little hand santizer bottles to put the soap in. Sometimes, I forget to use it because I just started carrying it around with me. I don't care if people see me using it either. For all they know, I could have skin allergies or something. Plus, my vegan soap makes my hands nicer than others. Other soap dries my hands out.
 

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I don't worry about it when I'm out to eat or something, but as mentioned, you could carry a travel bottle with you. I do however take a container of soap with me when I'm working and washing my hands a gazillion times a day.<br><br><br><br>
Glycerin is very common in liquid soaps. Whether it's animal derived or not is impossible to tell, without some comment from the company.
 

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I don't worry about it when I'm out to eat or something, but as mentioned, you could carry a travel bottle with you. I do however take a container of soap with me when I'm working and washing my hands a gazillion times a day.<br><br><br><br>
Glycerin is very common in liquid soaps. Whether it's animal derived or not is impossible to tell, without some comment from the company.</div>
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Ah, okay. I was assuming that glycerin is always animal-derived. That clears a lot up. I agree with what a lot of people are saying though, most bathroom soaps do leave my hands dry and funny smelling...<br><br><br><br>
I found some "Dr. Bronner's" soap from vegan unlimited that I really like, and it comes in a pretty small container, so I think I'll just start carrying that around with me. We'll see if I can actually remember now... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I just try to do the most I can at home and if I have to make a few compromises outside then I do. But it is possible to buy little packets of soap leaves which you can normally find in fancy pants gift shops and the like(certainly over here in England anyway) and perhaps they're available online, which are a good way of avoiding carrying a wee bottle which may leak.
 

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you can get those paper soap where you can carry it around. It dissolves in water. I know that Trader Joe's has it. I dont recall the brand name but I think it may be Dessert Essence?
 

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Oddly enough, I have a book called "Oil, Fat, and Soap" by Levitt. It's a bit dated (1951) but here's a paraphrase of what they have about glycerine. It can be made from 3 sources: animal fat, coconut oil, or gasoline.<br><br><br><br>
In 1941 (hehe) it was used in sythetic resins/ester gum, tobacco, cellulose films, meat casings, gaskets, cork products, margarine, shortenings, adhesives, beverage, flavorings, candy, and grease-proof vegetable parchment.<br><br><br><br>
Back then the predominant component in making both liquid soap and shampoo was coconut oil due to its high lathering properties. Second to coconut was olive oil, also called castile soap. They list corn, soybean, sesame, teaseed, rapeseed, and peanut oils as cheaper alternatives, too.<br><br><br><br>
You can look it up on Wikipedia for more info. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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