The Correct Use of Soap is the third album by British post-punk band Magazine, released by Virgin Records in 1980. A different version of this album was released in Canada in 1980, by then distributor Polygram Records. This version was titled An Alternative Use of Soap.
Two songs on the album make reference to elements of works by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, namely "Philadelphia" referring to 'Raskolnikov', the main character in Crime and Punishment, and "A Song from Under the Floorboards" of which the opening sentence is a paraphrase of the opening sentence in Notes from Underground'.
The single "A Song from Under the Floorboards" was featured on Rhino's box-set Left of the Dial: Dispatches from the 80s Underground, and has been covered many times in concert by fellow Mancunian Morrissey and recorded by Australian band My Friend the Chocolate Cake on their ARIA Music Award-winning album Brood (1994). It was also covered by Simple Minds on the 2CD Edition of their 2009 album Graffiti Soul.
On the 1 September 2009, Magazine performed the original album in its entirety in the first half of their show at the Royal Festival Hall in London.