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Dodd tastes the dreaded soap, by Marilla Thackery (2017).
Mouth Soaped and Bottom Smacked, drawing by Julian Guile.

Mouthsoaping, also known as mouth washing, is a form of punishment in which a person is made to taste soap. Similar punishments that use other foul-tasting (but non-toxic and harmless, from a health point of view) substances include hotsaucing and cod liver oil. For a commercial product specifically made for this purpose, see Behavol.

Typically, mouth washing is used to punish "bad language", mostly meaning profanity, obscenity, or other speech deemed unacceptable (a case of punishment on the point of offense). Slightly less commonly, it is used to punish lying. It can, however, be used under other circumstances, as can any form of punishment.

When soap is used, the punishment ritual symbolizes the "cleaning of the mouth" from the foul or dirty language—or lie—that came out of it.

Mouthsoaping was a common method of punishment in the first half of the 20th century but has declined in popularity significantly since the 1960s. Historically, it has been practiced primarily in the United Kingdom, Australia and United States.


Chevrolet ad with mouth soaping.

The classic method is to take the delinquent to the bathroom and clean the inside of his or her mouth, as if it were dirty, using soaped-up fingers or a washcloth. It's also common for delinquents to hold a bar of soap in their mouths during a scolding, a punishment (such as a spanking) or a time-out period of reflection. This latter scenario is frequently depicted in spanking videos that include mouth-soap discipline (see the video list below).

Permission to remove and rinse out the soap may be delayed as a way to increase the severity of the punishment. An alternate form of mouth soaping invoves applying liquid soap to a toothbrush, which is then used to scrub the teeth and possibly the tongue. This form may require the cooperation of the delinquent.

The recipient may be stripped naked in order to avoid messing up clothing, as well as for embarrassment.

Note that soap, if ingested in large quantities, can cause significant digestive upsets. For this reason, mouth soaping is somewhat risky, and it is a good idea to make sure that the delinquent is enabled to spit out all the soap, and rinse. Also many brands of soap are perfumed with toxic chemicals and should be avoided.


A Teen getting her mouth washed out. Wolfheart (2019)

Mouthsoaping is stereotypically a child's punishment, although it is now rarely actually used on children in most societies. For example, when child said bad things like swear words, they usually got this punishment. When used on adults, it intentionally evokes the image of childish punishment. In a BDSM context, mouth soaping or the threat of it is most likely to be found in an ageplay scene, although it does occur, at least in fiction, in domestic discipline contexts.

Mainstream filmsEdit

  • In A Christmas Story (1983) a boy gets a mouth washing from his mother for saying a swearword. Asked where he has learned that word, he can't say the truth (which is: from his father) and instead blames his classmate. His mother then rings his classmate's mother and we can hear a spanking on the telephone (off screen). The boy when contemplating his punishment imagined his parents being sorry for punishing him when the soap makes him blind.

Corporal punishment videosEdit

See alsoEdit