WMFE is Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming on 90.7 FM and Classical Music on 90.7 HD2. Part of the community since 1965, WMFE focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
Support for 90.7 WMFE is provided by

Intersection: The Soap Story


Play Audio
Wrigley's was a soap maker before getting into the gum business. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE
Clean The World CEO Shawn Seipler. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE.
Pears Soap advertisement from the collection of Luis and Fortuna Spitz. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE
Luis and Fortuna Spitz. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE
Part of Luis and Fortuna Spitz' collection of soap memorabilia, now on display at Clean The World headquarters in Orlando. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE
Soap from 5,000 hotels around the world is recycled and given to communities in need. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE
Clean The World headquarters in Orlando. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE
Stay tuned in to our local news coverage: Listen to 90.7 WMFE on your FM or HD radio, the WMFE mobile app or your smart speaker — say “Alexa, play NPR” and you’ll be connected.

Ever wonder what happens to the soap you leave in the hotel bathroom when you check out? Shawn Siepler took that question and turned it into a non-profit. Clean The World now recycles discarded soap from 5,000 hotels and sends it to communities in need.

Clean The World now boasts what’s being called the first of it’s kind: a museum of soap, featuring the collection of Luis and Fortuna Spitz. 

Intersection visits the Clean The World headquarters in Orlando to talk to Seipler about the work of his non profit. And we meet Luis and Fortuna Spitz, who built their house in Chicago around a massive collection of soap memorabilia, about what drives their fascination with soap.


Get The 90.7 WMFE Newsletter

Your trusted news source for the latest Central Florida COVID-19 news, updates on special programs and more. Support our extended coverage.

GET THE LATEST

WMFE Journalistic Ethics Code | Public Media Code of Integrity

Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

A recent transplant to the Sunshine State, Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of ... Read Full Bio »

TOP