An anonymous reader tipped us to write about something that we’ve used on and off since we were kids: Lava brand soap with pumice. (Sometimes we get so wrapped up in writing about the newest power tool that we forget to mention something as simple as good hand soap for the shop!) From the Lava FAQ:
What is pumice?
Pumice is a by-product of volcanic activity that provides the mildly abrasive quality in the Lava Bar and Lava Liquid soaps. It is also the meaning behind the “Lava” name.
The FAQ goes on to say that this is pretty much the same product they release 80 years ago. So, yes, the Lava we used as kids in Dad’s shop is the same stuff. Now it’s available in a bar and liquid format, and they even have a “pro” version that includes whatever that orange stuff is that’s so popular in cleaners now-a-days.
Interesting: Lava is a “WD-40” brand, in that the original company that developed the soap in 1893 sold it to WD-40.
Anyway, if you haven’t tried out this soap, you should. The description is spot on in that it does contain a bit of grit which helps to remove ground-in dust (and paint, etc.) from your hands. It’s more abrasive than standard soap, but doesn’t leave your hands too raw. Think of it as the “polishing compound” of soaps.
It sells for about $1.50 to $4 a bar, and we find it pretty easily in local grocery stores. Or if you have trouble finding it locally, Amazon sells a pack of twelve 5-3/4 oz. bars for just under $30.