Thanks For Helping Us “Clean the World” and Prevent Disease One Bar of Soap at a Time!

Clean the world

The Grand Hotel in Salem is Proud to Partner with Clean the World to Help Prevent Disease around the World

Soap saves lives.  Most of us take the most basic necessities such as soap and water for granted, yet people all over the world suffer from disease and infections that could have been prevented with proper sanitation. Sadly, preventable diseases such as pneumonia and diarrheal disease are two of the leading causes of death among children under 5 years old. According to the World Health Organization, millions of young lives could be saved with access to bar soap and hygiene education.

Every day, more than 2 million bars of partially used hotel soap are thrown away in the United States. We are proud to be the first hotel in Oregon to partner with Clean the World Foundation, a non-profit organization that recycles soap and other discarded hygiene products and saves lives with items that traditionally end up in landfills. The non-profit group distributes the recycled soap products to domestic homeless shelters and impoverished countries worldwide,

Since 2010, The Grand Hotel in Salem has helped distribute thousands of bars of soap to children and families in need through our partnership with Clean the World. According to our most recent impact statement, The Grand Hotel in Salem has now collected 6,837 pounds of unused soap products from our guests which has resulted in 20,844 soap bars being distributed to domestic shelters and more than 30 countries worldwide, such as Haiti, Pakistan, Armenia, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Uganda, Lesotho, and Swaziland.

How does it work?

  • The housekeeping staff at the Grand Hotel in Salem collects and saves the soap and shampoo not used by our guests and deposits them in bins provided by Clean the World.
  • The products are shipped 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.

For more information visit and watch the video below to see the impact this organization is having on our global community: