Shhh… I’m going to tell you a secret. I was washing my hands before it was popular, lol. I keep LIQUID hand soap beside each sink in the house. In my purse and car, you will always find a hand sanitizer. That’s just the old Respiratory Therapist in me.
LIQUID SOAP VS BAR SOAP
Imagine walking into a public restroom and seeing that there is no liquid dispenser. Bar soap is the only option for washing your hands. If that bar soap is sitting in mucky liquid, it has probably begun to break down into some soggy form. Now, imagine yourself trying to use the same mushy bar of soap to get your hands *clean* after hundreds of other people have used it.
It’s almost unthinkable, isn’t it?
It is very likely if you touch that bar soap, you are opening yourself to a host of bacteria nestled in the slime on the bar.
It might be the same as not washing your hands at all – a hygienic trend that 40% of Americans DO NOT always participate in according to a poll by YouGov. HOPEFULLY, everyone is committing to washing their hands more now during this pandemic.
As for that bar of soap in the public restroom, if it were in your home, you would be a little less squeamish about it. It would probably be in a soap dish and used by only one or two people.
And in a less-trafficked environment, bar soap would have its advantages:
- – It’s great for exfoliation, especially for those who like to take baths, as opposed to showers. Bar soap can be rubbed directly against the skin and help to release skin cells, debris and excess dirt.
- -There are more odor-free varieties of bar soap than liquid soap. Odor-free means fewer additives and more cleanliness.
- – Unless you continually run water over it and wear it down, or allow it to sit in water in the soap dish, it tends to last longer than liquid soap.
Despite these arguments favoring bar soap, America seems to have become a nation that prefers liquid soap.
Forty-five percent of American consumers choose it, according to published industry reports. The primary place that people go to buy liquid soap is retail food stores, which get 52 percent of all the units dispensed by manufacturers.
The main reason many give for liquid soap preference is convenience. It is easier to squirt a little liquid onto a cloth and work up a lather than it is to rub bar soap until it lathers. Liquid soap containers are also resealable and protect the moisturizing crystals found in many brands.
Liquid soap also doesn’t leave soap scum in the shower. Bar soap tends to make you have to do shower and tub cleaning more often. If you use a nylon puff sponge, loofah sponge, or terrycloth wash glove, liquid soap gives lots of suds and works well at exfoliation.
Liquid soap dispensers seem to empty quickly. The soap can’t always be control as it is pumped out. Fortunately, most liquid soap manufacturers offer bulk refills. This helps the effect on the environment.
Instant foaming soaps are gaining popularity, too. It belongs in the liquid soap family since it is a liquid before it is pumped as foam from its dispenser. Most foaming soaps lather well, are antibacterial and come in a wide array of scents, including aromatherapy fragrances.
No matter which form of soap you choose – bar or liquid – the basic health and hygiene benefits are the same, for the most part. You are choosing germ-control and choosing to be clean.
Just remember if you choose bar soap, though, and you are not the only one who has to use it, you are agreeing to share much more than the suds.
This seems like a fitting controversy right now, doesn’t it? Let me know where you stand when it comes to bar soap vs liquid soap.