Emulsifying ointment is recommended as a soap substitute, instead of soap, because soaps (including shower gels and bubble baths) can dry out your skin. Carefully mix 3 to 4 large spoonfuls of emulsifying ointment with very hot water to achieve a creamy soap consistency. Once cool, this can be used in the shower or bath. You can prepare more if needed. The ointment label may also have preperation information.
Emulsifying ointment must be rinsed off
Emulsifying ointment contains the ingredient called sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS). SLS irritates the skin when it is left on for a long time. This can cause skin reactions, such as burning, stinging, itching and redness. These reactions were noticed when emulsifying ointment was used as a leave-on emollient but not when used as a wash product or soap substitute, that is rinsed off.
Emulsifying ointment must be rinsed off after use. Do NOT use it as a leave-on emollient or moisturiser.
- Emulsifying ointment does not clog the bath or pipes.
- When using emulsifying ointment in the bath or shower, the floor can become slippery so use a bath mat or shower mat to avoid accidents.
- Emulsifying ointment, especially when used in large quantities over large areas, can catch fire when present on clothes because it contains paraffin oils. Keep away from open fires and flames, e.g. candles, and do not smoke when using emulsifying ointment.