Why You Should Swap Out Your Liquid Soap

One of my most proud practices is the complete switch from liquid soap to bar soap. I don't even use that liquid dish soap... Because, my handmade soaps work for everything!

YOU NEED SOAP!! The use of soap breaks down dirt and grime that water alone cannot do. 

This seems elementary. 

Now hold on... You're probably wondering how the soap switch makes a difference; ‘Why NOT use liquid soap?’

For hundreds of years people relied on bar soap to keep good hygiene, and ward off sickness. But, in 1865, a man named William Shepphard patented liquid soap.  In 1890, Minnetonka Corporation made Sheppherd’s liquid soap well known. It was called Softsoap.

The battle between bar and liquid soap had officially begun. 

Bar soap is made from a combination of fat/oil, water, and an alkali (traditionally lye). Liquid soaps are loaded with emulsifying agents and stabilizers that are known to cause cancer. They are simply liquid detergents. 

Traditional bars of soap contain plant and animal fat that are nourishing to skin, unlike liquid soaps. Nobody should ever be using chemical-filled liquid detergent on their skin.

Liquid soaps are made of petroleum based synthetic surfactants which of course come with their own set of environmental impacts. Not to mention where the chemicals end up - in our oceans, lakes, and even our tap water. Liquid soap is also packaged in plastic, resulting in pollution. Plastic ends up in our landfills and oceans, harming wildlife, and polluting the air. Bar soap has a simple, environmental safe packaging and disposal.

Liquid soap requires five times more energy to produce and nearly 20 times more energy to package, and, we use about seven times more liquid soap than bar soap for each hand wash. Even though we tend to use about 30 percent more heated water washing with bar soap, it was still the environmental winner.

According to Conservation Magazine, "A recent study on the environmental impacts of soaps and their associated packaging found that bar soaps have a lower environmental impact than liquid soaps in many important categories including carbon footprint, ecotoxicity, ozone depletion potential, and eutrophication potential."

In sum, liquid soap offers no benefits to the consumer. Bar soap saves money, it’s better for the environment, and healthier for the body. Bar soap simply saves lives!

Handmade Soap Club is dedicated to providing you with luxury. This includes taking into consideration our community and environment. Our practices improve daily, whilst taking into condideration our planet.

We use pure, locally sourced ingredients and sustainable practices. We never waste materials and are working closer to be 100% waste-free.

1 comment

  • Karen McCoy

    How would you use bar soap for washing dishes and what about laundry? I admire you.

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