One thing that we hear often at Scared Soapless, is “I only use liquid soap now.”
I was a kid when liquid soap became popular. Before then, our whole family shared one bar of soap that sat on the bathroom sink in a soggy little dish waiting to be used. There was another bar in the kitchen for use before cooking and yet another bar in the shower. My whole family—five entire people plus the occasional visiting relative—used these same bars of soap.
We all survived. We didn’t get horrible skin ailments.
We didn’t make each other sick, and we didn’t turn into walking Petri dishes.
Anyone over the age of say, 30, already knows that bar soap isn’t a teeming cesspool of germs. Here’s something we might not know—germs generally grow in water, not on something like soap.
When tested by Dial soap company (who makes liquid AND bar soaps), it was determined that bar soap does NOT transfer bacteria to the skin. Even if it did, simply rinsing soap under the faucet after use and storing somewhere other than a dish of water makes dangerous bacteria a non-issue. Meanwhile, liquid soap dispensers tend to be chock full of bacteria and germs. This makes sense, since they sit around wet, and are repeatedly touched (and rarely cleaned).
Know what else?
One of the germiest places in your entire bathroom may just be your shower scrubby. Loofahs or plastic poufs trap dirt and dead skin cells that can get pretty disgusting if you don’t switch them out often. If you can’t remember the last time you bought a new shower scrubby (or it’s been more than 3 months), you might consider switching to bar soaps if staying germ-free is important to you.
What about skincare?
Did you know that the same chemical that makes most liquid soaps so bubbly is not so great for your skin? Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS) is awesome at producing bubbles, which people like. But it’s also a skin irritant that many users find drying. It may be why you need hand lotion after washing your hair or using liquid soaps. Scared Soapless soaps do not contain SLS and still make nice, creamy lather using ingredients like castor oil to provide the bubbles we love.
Okay, but how about my carbon footprint?
Good question. Even if you’re a pretty good recycler, bar soaps use less packaging than liquid soaps. You can mitigate this by using refillable liquid soap dispensers and by rinsing and recycling diligently. But switching back to bar soaps gives you less waste, takes up less space. Best of all—getting your bar soaps from Scared Soapless lets you choose the exact color, scent, additives, and terrifying shape you want! Try getting THAT from Dial soap!