There was a newsbreak yesterday found in Fortune, the Houston Chronicle, and the Hamilton Spectator, amongst many other news forums, explaining that there was a 2% drop in sales of bar soap in favor of liquid soap. The reasons – convenience and germs. The reality – both of those reasons are ludicrous myths.
Myth #1 – Convenience
- Liquid soap comes in plastic packaging. When the bottle is empty, it gets thrown away (hopefully it gets recycled, but disposed of nonetheless). This is a HUGE waste. Millions of gallons of water is required to create plastic, so not only are we clogging up our landfills, but we’re wasting extra water. Not convenient for the environment.
- Liquid soap requires some type of sponge or bath loofah, so not only are you purchasing the soap, but you’re purchasing accessories to make the soap function. How is that easier?
- Liquid soap contains detergents, such as sodium lauryl sulfate, which is known to be a skin-irritant, and is often very drying for skin.
- Handmade cold-process bar soap is without detergents, which means they are gentle enough and moisturizing enough to use on your face. That’s much more convenient than spending $80 on a liquid 2oz jar of face wash.
- You use far more liquid soap in a shower than you do with a bar soap, creating extra waste and wasting your money.
- Liquid antibacterial soaps contain triclosan, which is still under evaluation by the FDA for possible links to hormonal changes and contribution to antibiotic resistance.
- Liquid soaps contain a much higher concentration of water, which means you’re actually buying less soap and more water!
- If you don’t like bar soap because it’s mushy, that just means you’re not storing it correctly. Keep it out of water and your bar soap will last for weeks.
- It may seem like you’re wasting those tiny bits of bar soap, but getting all of your liquid soap, the truth is, you can use your full bar soap. Method One – Use a Soap Saver Pouch. Method Two – Use a washcloth. Method Three* – If you’re feeling crafty, you can melt down all of your little bits of bar soap, pour it into a silicone mold (like a muffin pan), let it cool for a day, and voila, new soap. (*This method works best with handmade soap.)
- Worried about travel and convenience? You can literally cut up a bar soap and use the tiny bits for traveling. Hey, you can even use those tiny leftover bits! Guess what, you can even put bar soap in your carry-on without setting off airport security.
Myth #2 – Germs
- Do germs live on your bar soap? Yes, of course, but all you have to literally do is rinse the soap before you use it… which you would do to get a lather anyway.
- Those bath loofahs you use harbor WAY more germs than a bar of soap, you know why? Those bath poufs hold water, and water is a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Handmade bar soap is made of oils, and germs generally HATE oils.
- If you’ve ever flushed the toilet without the cover on, you’ve spread over a billion more germs around your bathroom than a bar soap would ever see. Think about your toothbrush hanging around the sink…near the toilet…and then be concerned about germs.
- Multiple people using bar soap is gross? You’re probably only sharing a soap with your family, and really, unless someone has a compromised immune system or a flesh-eating virus, just rinse the bar. Better yet, everyone can get their own bar.
- A door handle has millions of more germs than your bar soap does. In fact, so does your skin, which is why you’re using the soap to begin with.
In a nutshell, stop with this nonsense about liquid soap being better, because it’s not. Bar soap, especially handmade bar soap, is far more moisturizing and nourishing for your skin, it’s better for the environment, and it’s a far greater value. Get yourself a quality bar of handmade soap. I guarantee you will switch back to bar soap and fall in love with it all over again.