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Did You Dream About Soap? Here's What It Means

A symbol like soap can be a complex one to really explain for sure. Because dreams are windows into our subconscious minds, and they may include specific references to our waking-life, no single explanation can ever match everyone's dream.

Below are three possible interpretations of dreams about soap, taken from three different perspectives.

Which of these explanations makes the most sense for your dream?

What does soap mean in dreams?

1. The traditional interpretation

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Mary Leyen
Dream Expert,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

A dream about soap or washing something with soap generally symbolizes a desire for cleansing, purification, and transformation. What soap means in your dream may be more nuanced.

Soap is often associated with washing away guilt, regret, or negative emotions that are causing distress. It's a symbol of renewal and rejuvenation. If you're washing something with soap, it could indicate that you're actively trying to make changes in your life or rid yourself of harmful habits or thoughts. This dream encourages self-reflection and the need to cleanse your emotional or spiritual self.

Soap can often be a very deep dream object to to give you a single interpretation of. To really know with any kind of confidence, I'd want to get a deeper understanding of the dreamer's past and current mindset.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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Ernesto Andrahi
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming about soap, or washing with soap, is a manifestation of the psyche's yearning for catharsis, a Freudian concept referring to the release of repressed emotions.

Some alternatives: Soap, a tool for purification, symbolizes the ego's attempt to cleanse the id of its guilt-ridden or negative impulses. If you're washing an object, it could represent a specific aspect of your life or a part of your self that you're trying to purify or transform. This dream is a call from the unconscious, urging introspection and emotional or spiritual sanitization. It's a testament to the dynamic interplay between the id, ego, and superego, and the constant strive for psychic equilibrium.

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3. The spiritualist's interpretation

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Liz Morrison
Shaman and Spirit Guide,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of soap or washing with soap signifies a spiritual journey of purification and sanctification. Soap, in this context, symbolizes the divine grace that cleanses the soul from the stains of worldly impurities. If you're washing something, it could represent a specific aspect of your life that you're seeking to purify through spiritual practices. This dream is a divine message, urging you to embark on a spiritual quest for inner purity and peace. It's a testament to the eternal struggle between the worldly and the divine within us, and the ceaseless pursuit of spiritual harmony.

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Whose interpretation of the dream makes the most sense for you?

Which of the above interpretations for soap makes the most sense for your dream vision?

Only you can say for sure. Bear in mind that our subconscious mind can be a multifaceted place. Any image in a dream can reflect multiple things — or symbolize multiple forces in our daily life.

Got a different explanation for a dream about soap that you want to share? Contribute your own analysis to the comments below.

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