I Eat Soap

I eat soap not just any soap certain soaps. Bar soaps. It started when I was pregnant . It left an recently a year ago I began to eat soap again. I eat the chinese soap from the health store, coast soap and dial. I chip at it. I try to stop I go through a bar within a week. Is there anyone one else out there that has this? Feed back please

kela696 kela696 36-40, F 41 Responses Feb 21, 2010

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I don't eat it, I just wash my mouth out with it. I dunno why, been tryin to stop actually used to use Ivory, zest irish spring, ect. But I've recently stopped its hard tho

It's a constant battle

I started eating soap when i was 5 yrs old till 13 yrs.but stop eating after that,becz it cause burn in my mouth and stomach im 22 yr old still i feel to eat it.but im just controning becz i dnt want to hurt myself.

reading all these responses finally make me realize that i'm not crazy!!! i don't actually eat the soap, i love to pass it on my tongue until it lathers, while having a shower and spit it out. my favourite is the ivory bar soap. i realise that it is my iron deficiency, since i've neglected to take my supplements in a while.

I love to eat soap too, I started with baby's soap.I addicted it 2 years ago and no one know. I tried to stop but I can't! I'm too embarrased more than talk about it to my family

Guys please go and see doctors. Im 17 and i suffered from pica since i was 14. i ate soap and brushed my teeth with it. It wrecked my mouth after a bit. I was obsessed. then i saw my doctor and they found out i was really iron deficient. i took tablets and the cravings went. I just saw soap like any other person. I stopped taking the tablet 6 months ago. my cravings have come back but now i know what to do. please seek help. it seem harmless but its not good for you. and its possible to get over it. good luck

I started with Dove then Irish Spring now Coast. I eat it after meals its so addicting I hate doing it but its an addiction darn Pica!!

I love eating soap. I started out with Dial gold liquid soapp. They changed their formula now its softsoap aloe vera soap. Daily

I thought I was crazy , but I do the same thing I guess I'm not brave enough to swallow itn

I really thought I was the ONLY person in the world who ate soap. My favorite soap is White Dial bar. I used to take it with me too n a baggie. I would cut it up and let it dry n eat it. There was also a time when I like white and gold dial as well as Irish spring all together. It got really bad. I would crave it with ice as well. I would smell it and it made my mouth water. I'm still addicted. Its just trying to mask the smell on breath. Lol.... Its somewhat shameful but its not an addiction that will hurt your family...what to do?

I eat soap. I have a special way I like it and its consuming. <---Not trying to be punny. If you have gotten over this as I see it was years ago that you wrote this please message me and let me know how. Any other PICA sufferers that want to be friends message me I will try to be there for you.

please read my post ^^ :D

When I was little, I'd constantly lick Irish Spring bar soap...the smell was so intoxicating to me. I even started shaving little pieces off & eating them as well.. I did that again briefly when I was in my late 20's. Now, I'm pregnant & I discovered Dove body wash, liquid, blue, & I'm OBSESSED w/licking little pea-sized amounts @ a time off the top..I crave it when I'm away from home..& I don't swallow it but it still makes my stomach hurt sometimes & yet I can't seem to help myself! :/

Omg! I thought I was crazy! I'm totally addicted to caress soap. The pink one! I usually go thru about 4 or 5 bars a week! I sometimes I would get it and smell it first then I would bite into it! I would jus chew it! I love how it feels in my mouth and the taste is jus remarkable! But the only difference is that o don't swallow! I jus spit it out! This addiction has gotten totally outta control it's like all I think about is eating soap!! I honestly don't wanna stop!

I began to enjoy the smell and taste of the white dove. About 2 years ago I gave it a little taste and I liked the taste. I shortly after tried the pink caress..I liked it much better. Im addicted to caress. I even bite on it and brush my teeth with it.. It's a craving that I cant explain... And I don't wanna stop eating it...LoL. I'm glad to know someone understands me!

I do the same started when I was pregnant....I only eat Irish spring....I wanna tell my Dr....but I am embarrassed...what should I do?

I too I only eat gold dial soap I take scissors & shred them & eat I need to have atleast 8bar pack for everyday I tried stopping but I can't it's just so mouth watery delicious OMG idk what to do I can't stop!!!

I too am anemic and crave soap. I do dial slivers....I am on again, off again for usually coincides with how low my iron is annoying because it takes my taste buds to sensitivity, I can't eat spicy when I do this. The food limitation is what usually makes me stop....I also think long term it is not good. I think in my case it is a symptom of the iron......I just go with the flow now and try not to.....

I really think it has to do with iron deficiencies and just gets out of hand. I haven't eaten it yet but love the smell of only certain soaps that I find myself wanting to eat it. It seems to be milky soaps, I have gotten back on iron and it seems better. Hope this helps

Now that I'm taking my iron again. it has completely taken away my craving.

I eat soap when I was 5 yrs old till now I am 41. You and I have a very similar story.

I too eat soap the dial liquid soap. My issue is so extreme that Dial changed formula they used and I could taste the difference. Its nice to know I am not alone however this is something I do not believe my family,friends or doctors would understand. Everywhere I go I have some with me and evrry chance I get I am eating it. Stress makes it worse. If anyone find a non-invasive- no medicatioion and no doctor cure please post. Thank you.

I don't know when i started eating soap. But it's a habit i've had for more than a year. I crave soap all the time. I thought i was the only one that ate it and i felt really embarrassed and i still. I was anemic before and nearly anorexic. I'm also experiencing depression. I'm 15.

I dont remember when I started eating soap either, but I know that I cant stop, I've never had an eating disorder but its nice to know that there is someone else out there around my age with the same problem. I'm only 14 and currently under a lot of stress, also going through depression. I'll be 15 next month

I enjoy drinking dish soap, but it makes my poo rather foamy. Much support fellow Pica!


weird that we all have similar cravings and habits. I eat it at night before bed and also carry around in a plastic Baggy. thought I was the only one. I did find that if I take Iron Pills that the craving diminishes. but I always go back. my mouth isn't scorched all the time, but if I eat too much, it's painful, sometimes I think I"m messing up my taste buds. I've done some research and haven't found anything that says it's damaging to your health. just might make your stomach hurt

oh my gosh, I also thought the SAME things about my taste buds, and I have the same effect whenever I have too much

I too crave soap; my favorite is the pink caress bar soap and Irish spring bar soap. I stopped buying the Irish spring and went for caress, thinking that might stop me from eating soap. But then I started loving the smell of the caress and it made my mouth start watering so I started eating that as well. I didn\'t eat too much at a time because if I did it would also make my mouth very sore and scorched. It would also burn my throat. Then I started shaving off little pieces here and there to chew on or suck on. For a while I stopped and went to liquid soap, because I will not eat liquid soap. My mouth got better. You have to stop eating the soap to make your mouth get better. You have to have the will power to stop buying the bar soap and tell people in your life. Once I told my husband and my sister (who lives with me) they helped me. They would not let me buy the bar soap any more only liquid. Recently I ran out of liquid soap though and so did the store so I bought the caress bar soap and have started eating it again. It has started to make my stomach hurt and I know I should stop but as long as I have the bar soap in my possession and no one knows I will not stop eating it till it is gone.

i thought i was the only one...i cant stop...noooooo one knows/////i cant ever tell....i crave ivory soap////

THANK goodness I thought I was crazy and nobody else did this. I have eaten a variety of soaps jergens, ivory, Irish Spring ,tone and defense. it start of just smelling it when I got pregnant with my first child and has been going on ever since that was more than twelve years ago. I even have a special way to eat it I eat the suds every chance I get I look for reasons to wash my hands I take three showers a day just to lather up . I like my own brand of drug.

Me too, I want to stop, but don't want to.

I also have this condition. My soap of preference are Ivory and Coast. I've developed this when I first became pregnant at 16 and it stayed with me ever since. I'm 21 now. My OBGYN has explained to me that the chemicals in the soap can cause my kidneys to fail and even give me liver problems. That is very scary to me because it's not like if I can just stop. As much as I know what it can do to my body, I just cannot stop. Every bathroom break, every shower, even at 5 am I'm eating soap. I keep a bar in my bathroom cabinet just to eat. And pieces in my purse for on-the-go. It is a strange addiction with no cure. And I'm glad I'm not the only one.

I have the same issue. My soap of choice use to be ivory, now I've switched to white dial. Although I have tried Coast, Jergens, lever 2000 and Irish spring. I've had this craving for bar soap since I was 8 years old. I would take the gold dial bar soap from my grandfathers bathroom and just smell it. I remember taking the soap with me and hiding it in my dresser drawers so that I could sneak away anytime and get a whiff. I didn't start eating it until I got pregnant with my first child. That was 14 years ago, the craving would come and go but now it seems as if it is here to stay. I keep a bar at all times with me in my purse. I like it soft so I put it in a plastic ziplock baggie and carry it with me in my purse, so anytime I'm craving it, I can always break off a lil piece. it's horrible trying to hide this. but I can't help it. I love the taste. I eat a little bit at a time followed by a sweet snack or some water so that my tongue doesn't burn. if I eat too much it makes it difficult to eat any regular meals so I try to minimize eating soap to only the night time after Dinner. I really thought I was alone in this. I haven't confided in anybody regarding this, not even my doctor. I don't even know that I want to stop, but thinking I should. what would happen if my kids or husband were to find the bar of soap that I hide in my purse! it would be embarrassing for sure. They are already starting to suspect, I guess I'm not hiding it very well.

Dony feel bad.I lick the soap everyday..every time I go in the bathroom I wash my hands n then I lick the bar..I have to wash my rag with it a couple times a day so I can rub it against my face to smell it..ugh I love the taste n the smell to..I also only use dial soap to wash with

This is soooo weird! I also started craving Dial Gold Liquid Soap while pregnant w/ my second child it slowed down after i had her but now that im pregnant w/ my third its back and much much worse...I have only eaten the soap twice but I crave it constantly...I end up going through a bottle of soap a day because i wash my hands just to smell it for 15-20 minutes at a time & I try so hard not to eat it! I dont get mom gets so mad at me because she doesnt understand she was a nurse & says its PIKA or OCD or a combo of not sure what it is but its getting worse & worse as time goes on!! DKWTD

Wow, Im so glad im not the only one. I eat dial gold bar, probably eat about a bar a week. I started off just smelling it while in the shower, then I went to licking and biting it, then one day I just decided to take a bite and Ive been eating it every since. For about two and a half years now. I used to take little pieces with me to eat but now I just carry a whole bar in my purse. I normally like to eat it then eat chips or a snack with it to take that stingy feeling that be in my mouth after im done eating it.. That normally works, but if I dont have anything to eat after eating the soap I cant eat that much because it will bother my mouth. I found out about a year and half ago I had low iron, and I got a blood transfusion, after the blood transfusion I no longer had that craving but after i stop taking my iron pills it came back!! Its so wierd, and sometimes I wonder about the long term effects? Im glad im not the only one experiencing this!

My name is francesca. I'm 20 years old and im from houston texas. I've been eating Coast soap for about 14 years now. I have a specific ritual to eating it and it has to be a specific temperature and feel. I open a bar and wrap it in plastic so it can stay soft then when im at work or school I pull it out of my purse and break a few pieces off and eat it. I eat it mostly when I'm angry. Idk why. When I eat too much it makes my tongue burn to where I can't eat hot foods or brush my teeth. If I eat too much I tend to have diarrhea. I can't eat it early in the morning when I first wake up because I'll throw it up. I eat 5-12 bars a week.. idk What's wrong w. Me and I wish I could get some help for this addiction.. sometimes I get to where I can't stop eating it and I get sick. But I start back the next day. I just wish somebody could help me.

I always thought it was just me. I love the taste of dial soap. I can't stop.. I feel "crazy" but I just love it. I've been eating it everyday since June. I am so afraid I'm going to end up really sick--or worse. This is truly an addiction for me.