Let’s talk about soap, shall we? After all, we all use it. Whether washing dishes, washing our clothes or washing ourselves in the shower, one thing is certain: soap helps us to be the cleanest we can be.
We are personally big fans of soap for bars of any other kind. Unfortunately, bar soap can sometimes get a bad reputation. That’s because there are many misunderstandings about the badness of a bar of soap – but don’t believe them.
We are here to expose some of the most common misconceptions we always hear about soap. Get ready to be mystified.
A communal bar of soap can pass on germs
People tend to be crawled by a bar of soap used by someone else. We understand it. But know that germs cannot really be transmitted from the bar of soap to your body if you use it. Tip: make sure the bar has enough time to dry completely before you use it on yourself. Bar soap contains elements that help to clean itself naturally once it is dry. So if you share a shower, keep the soap out of the water and wait until it is completely dry to use it.
Antibacterial is better than regular bar soap
Although antibacterial soap has its advantages, according to the CDC it is in no way more affective than regular soap for killing pathogenic bacteria. “Antibacterial” simply means that the soap has added active antimicrobial ingredients to it, but the FDA says there is no evidence that antimicrobial soap products make or keep people healthier than regular soap.
Bar soap dries out your skin
On the contrary, bar soap actually contains a whole range of fatty oils that keep your skin hydrated, hydrated and replenished. Many people believe that liquid soap makes your skin moist, simply because of its smooth and silky texture, and although it can keep you hydrated, soap is much better for these things.
Bar soap is more expensive than liquid
Quite the reverse – Americans spend much more on liquid soap – about $ 2.7 billion (including shower gels and body wash) than on soap, which is about $ 1.5 billion, according to a 2012 study by Mintel, one in Chicago established company. research agency. In addition, people tend to use liquid soap much faster than soap, probably because it is so easy to squeeze out of the bottle, which means that a lot of waste is lost. In fact, people use seven times more liquid soap per wash than soap, according to a study published in Environmental Science & Technology.
Bar soap creates more environmental waste
Liquid soap is the culprit here. Around 270 million of those plastic pump bottles and bulky dispensers are dumped in the garbage every year because they are not recycled. And in general, the liquid soap making process requires more energy to package production and disposal. Bar soap only contains a small cardboard box and the actual bar disappears when you use it!