Our Story

Getting Clean started as a volunteer project formed by recovering addicts helping each other and the local community to get clean and stay clean. 


We provide peer-to-peer support to people in drug and alcohol recovery by giving them a purpose and opportunity to help other people and our planet.

Following on from our volunteering programmes in Leeds, we have developed into a not-for-profit company, making and selling soap. Getting Clean’s ‘Soap with Hope’ is made by recovering addicts in therapeutic soap-making workshops.

All of the proceeds from our sales are used to help us achieve our key objectives:


  • Support people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction
  • Creating a cleaner and greener local community
  • Provide our volunteers with pathways to employment
  • Promote environmentalism and sustainability
  • Promote abstinence-based recovery
  • Change the public perception of addiction

Getting Clean means more than stopping taking drugs. We take the teachings of addiction recovery and extend them to environmental issues to show how the therapeutic value of ‘getting clean’ relates not only to our bodies and minds but also to our streets and local communities.


Besides making soap, we continue with our regular volunteering projects, such as community clean ups, conservation work and residential repair jobs for vulnerable citizens.


We aim to educate and inspire all members of the community to lead cleaner and more sustainable lifestyles – whether that means recycling plastic or abstinence from substances. 

To see more of our volunteers in action and to find out how to get involved.