Doing our Part to “Clean the World” and Help Prevent Disease

Ever wonder what happens to that unused soap and shampoo in your hotel bathroom when you check out?

As part of our efforts to run a more sustainable and green hotel, we recycle all used soap products from guest rooms through an outstanding organization called  Clean the World.  The housekeeping staff at the Grand Hotel in Salem collects and saves unused soap and shampoo from our guest rooms and ships them to a soap recycling plant where it is either re-batched or sterilized.  The soap products are then delivered to domestic homeless shelters and impoverished countries suffering from high death rates due to acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease.

The Grand Hotel in Salem is the first hotel in Oregon to partner with Clean the World. Since then, the organization has put over 9.5 million soap bars and 200,000 pounds of shampoo and conditioner back into human use, simultaneously eliminating over 600 tons of waste.  We are happy to report that so far in 2012, The Grand Hotel in Salem has collected 195.93 pounds of soap and 115 pounds of bottled products for the organization– all in all 1045 bars of soap that will be distributed to children and families worldwide.

To understand the powerful impact this project has on the world, just watch this CBS News story. We will never look at hotel soap and shampoo bottles in the same way.

For more information on the process, visit