I once read that when grocery stores close for the night they lock up their soap. They lock up the entire store of course but the soap gets locked up in its own special cabinet. Why? Because its something that burglars particularly like to go after. Soap is a useable commodity, it comes in standard sizes such as bars, and its easy to fence. So it makes sense its one of the things that burglars would particularly want to make off with as much of it as they can. Now I am certainly not encouraging anybody to turn to a life of crime and steal soap from stores but it does make sense to stock up on soap. I myself have a small stash which I plan to make bigger. Soap I consider a good financial investment. In a crisis soap can be used as money. I believe if we has a crisis of the magnitude where currency becomes useless the first thing to go would be credit cards, they would not be accepted anywhere. Next to go would be debit cards and personal checks. Finally, physical cash, the green paper printed in the US Mint would be the last thing to go and to not have much use except to make a fire or to stuff a mattress or use as wallpaper, ect. At this point there would still be precious metals which would have some value for barter but I think useable commodities might be better. Not just soap but other stuff such as non perishable food, clean water, sugar, honey, and certain medical supplies. Even stuff to provide entertainment that doesn't require electricity, stuff such as books and board games. Anyway, I do believe soap will be overlooked. Food and particularly water are much more obvious necessities but cleanliness is also a necessity that is less obvious. So that's why I think having a good supply of soap bars on hand in a crisis is a good idea. Soap is money, especially in a crisis.