The weekend just gone we took the in-laws to the famous Chiltern Open Air Museum in Chalfont St Giles for the afternoon. The beautiful grounds contain many historic buildings that have been moved and or/restored. They have a lovely tearoom, in which we enjoyed scones with jam and clotted cream. One thing I noticed everywhere were dark pink bars of carbolic soap! The museum stocks their toilets with the soap, but there were also bars outside in a display of washboards and mangles.
Carbolic soap is a disinfectant soap, made from carbolic acid, and was the most commonly used disinfectant cleaner in homes, hospitals and schools. It has a distinct coal tar scent, which is comforting to some! Nowadays, you hardly see carbolic soap at all (welcome to the world of hand gels), so it was nice to use some at COAM! (By the way, COAM is definitely worth a visit).