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[[caption-width-right:350:[[ClassicDisneyShorts Another victim]] of [[AChristmasStory Soap Poisoning]]?]]

->'''Ralphie as Adult:''' [narrating] Over the years, I got to be quite a connoisseur of soap. My personal preference was for Lux, but I found Palmolive had a nice, piquant after-dinner flavor - heady, but with just a touch of mellow smoothness. Life Buoy, on the other hand...
->'''Ralphie:''' YECCHH!
-->-- ''Film/AChristmasStory''

A common punishment, mostly for children after they have said a dirty word or been caught telling lies, is to get their mouth washed out with soap. This often indicates a very conservative family, or a child who has been neglected and not taught "proper" language.

Starting to become ValuesDissonance to some folks in RealLife as of lately (although it used to be TruthInTelevision), but mostly always PlayedForLaughs in movies, television, etc.


* A recent [[http://www.spike.com/video-clips/f840d9/general-motors-gm-soap-in-your-mouth Super Bowl commercial]] showed a montage of kids with a bar of soap in their mouths for no apparent reason. Then we learn that the ad was for a new car with an automatic retracting roof. A kid says "holy [[CurseCutShort sh--!]]" when he sees it in action, hence the soap in the mouth.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Done in ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' by Ma Dalton to one of her foul-mouthed sons.

* Happened in ''Film/AChristmasStory'' to Ralphie after he pulled a PrecisionFStrike. After sending him to bed, his mother sticks the soap in her own mouth, just to see what it tastes like.
** It also is mentioned in ''In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash'', the book on which the film is loosely based.
*** When RogerEbert reviewed the movie he commented and confirmed most of Ralph's soap flavors. He also commented that the "nuclear option" when he was growing up was Lava (a pumice soap, used mostly by mechanics and such), "Lava was for words we didn't know yet".
* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', the lead weasel is threatening Eddie to tell him where Roger is and to "cut the bullschtick". Eddie tells him to watch his mouth or he'll "wash your mouth out" and shoves a bar of soap into his mouth.

* Joke: if a mute swears, [[SignLanguage does his mother wash his hands with soap]]?

* Literature/SisterhoodSeries by Creator/FernMichaels: ''Collateral Damage'' has {{FBI}} director Elias Cummings threaten this sort of punishment to Daniel Winters for throwing four-letter words around.
* In ''Lucky You'' by Creator/CarlHiaasen, there's a white supremacist whose nice liberal parents once washed his mouth out for saying the N-word. Now he can be as racist as he pleases, but he can't bring himself to utter the N-word, much to the amusement of the other white supremacists.
* ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'': Holden Caulfield tries asking Ward Stradlater if Stradlater gave Jane Gallagher the time. That, by the way, is ''old'' slang for having sex with someone. Stradlater responds "What a thing to say. Want me to wash your mouth out with soap?"
* In the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, casting the cleaning spell ''Scourgify'' on a human will result in their mouth being washed out with soap. James Potter used it this way on Snape in the "Snape's Worst Memory" flashback from ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]''.
* The autobiography of Aileen Porter, ''PapaWasAPreacher'', tells about how she got her mouth scrubbed out with soap for saying "I'll be John Brown" within her father's hearing.
* In ''The Luck Uglies'', a children's fantasy novel by Paul Durham, the main character uses "pigshanks" as a curse word, but it's noted that her mother would wash her mouth out with soap if she ever heard her say it. The book has a glossary in the back of terms used within it. Regarding "pigshanks," it has only this to say: "A bad word. Use it, and your mother is likely to scrub your tongue with soap and a horse brush."

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Used in ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' when Baby learns rude words off the television. When Fran washes his mouth out, every time a bubble from his mouth pops it echoes the word.
* In the ''UnitedStatesOfTara'', Alice, one of Tara's alters who is a 1950s housewife, invokes this trope after Kate gives her EthicalSlut rant. Alice follows through on the threat, driving Kate to get a job so she can move out (which becomes a major subplot for the next two seasons).
* During an episode of ''Series/{{Valerie}}'', one of the boys curses constantly until Valerie does this.
* Lois from ''MalcolmInTheMiddle'' goes the extra mile by putting dish soap on a toothbrush and reaming out her sons' mouths with it.

* Referenced in the second verse of the ''DosGringos'' track ''Jeremiah Weed'' after the narrator at a tender age told his parents of his life ambition to "fly the fucking F-16".

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/JumpStart'' for [[http://www.gocomics.com/jumpstart/2011/12/16#mutable_727115 12-16-11]]. Marcy Cobb tells her husband Joe that she had to wash out their son Joseph's mouth for lying. Joe reminds her that washing out someone's mouth with soap is for cursing, not lying.
* Aunt Dolly does this to Wal after she hears him swearing at the livestock in an early ''FootrotFlats'' strip.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The response to the player swearing in ''TheVeryBigCaveAdventure'':
--> You are in the Swear Box.
--> It is a bare room with neither windows nor doors.
--> In one corner is a washstand and a cake of soap.
--> You know what to do.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/KnightsOfBuenaVista'', Dick gives his PlayerCharacter a flaw of thinking his pet can talk. His character thinks his pet said something horrible about a princess, and said he was going to do this to his pet.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Used in the {{Smosh}} episode "If Cartoons Were Real". The WesternAnimation/SouthPark parody has Stan's mouth being washed with soap.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Goofy's son ([[GoofTroop no, the other one]]) in the ClassicDisneyShort ''Fathers are People''.
* Another ClassicDisneyShort ''The Practical Pig'': A lie detector uses this on the Big Bad Wolf.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'': In "Roll Over, Beethoven", Yakko, Wakko and Dot do this to Beethoven after he describes himself as a 'pianist'.
* Elmyra does this to Brain every time she thinks he is swearing (when he is actually just indulging in SesquipedalianLoquaciousness) in ''WesternAnimation/PinkyElmyraAndTheBrain''.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'': In "That's What She Said", Hank washes out the foul mouth of a new employee with soap. It should be noted that he's still making filthy jokes right up until Hank starts scrubbin'.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', Jerry does this to Tom after he lies about being sick to his owner (when in reality he just didn't want to go outside on a rainy day). Not that anyone can blame Tom, mind you.
** The owner had threatened Tom with that punishment.
* ''MagillaGorilla'' was occasionally a victim of this punishment for "lying". ({{Cassandra Truth}}s, actually).
* ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'': The HalloweenEpisode featured the Red Guy (impersonating SpaceGhost and hosting his Coast-to-Coast show) trying to use this on Chicken, albeit he initially thought it was "soup" punishment until Chicken corrected him.
* ''ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Curses".
* In the MissingEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', "Rude Removal", Dexter accidentally creates evil versions of himself and Dee-Dee who spout [[ClusterFBomb swear-filled rants]] in front of their mom. When the regular versions trap them and feel like all's well, they spot Mom with a large bar of soap waiting to wash their mouths out.
-->'''Dexter:''' [[OhCrap Oh]] [[PrecisionFStrike shit.]]
* In the ''RenAndStimpy'' episode "I Was a Teenage Stimpy", Ren shoves the whole bar in Stimpy's mouth when he mouths off at him.
* In an episode of ''{{Rugrats}}'', when Angelica uses a swear word, her mother asked Didi if she should use this as a solution.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washing_out_mouth_with_soap an article]] about the topic. The practice has been around since at least the 1800s and a number of actual cases are noted in the article, with a note that it may not be advisable, due to potential health consequences.