Bar Soap vs. Liquid Soap -Monday, December 3, 2012
Have you ever considered how eco-friendly your soap is?
Turns out that bar soap is both eco-friendly and pocket-friendly.. read on!
Liquid soap sending dollars down the drain
If liquid soap is a bad bet for the environment, why are so many embracing it? Market research points to convenience and successful marketing (such as the Old Spice ads that went viral) as two primary factors.
Successful marketing indeed; so successful in fact that it has induced consumers to spend more money on something we don't need. Consider the following:
During a recent price check at my local grocery store, I found that a typical 177-milliliter plastic (!!) bottle of liquid soap went for $2.69, while a 12-ounce three-bar pack of solid soap was $3.99. Those numbers translate into about 1.2 cents per gram of bar soap and 1.5 cents per gram of liquid soap. In other words, bar soap is the better bargain.
But it's a lot worse than that because we use significantly more soap when it's in liquid form as opposed to solid (see above). I estimate that washing up with bar soap will cost you 0.4 cents -- less than half a penny -- per wash while scrubbing with liquid soap will set you back 10 times as much or about 3.5 cents per wash.
The bottom line: not only is liquid soap a bad environmental bet, it's a bad bet for your family budget.
Grime and germs and all that
Now, I don't mean to get into a lather about this, but consider the possibility that we've been sold a bill of soapy goods by the soap marketing mavens.
On the issue of convenience: Okay, bar soap can be a drag because it can get gross and slimy when it sits in a puddle of water. But that's what soap dishes with appropriate drainage are for.
And then there's the whole hygiene thing: Some, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recommend liquid soap because bacteria from one person can accumulate on a bar of soap and spread to someone else. But these recommendations are for sterile conditions in dental clinics. Should they apply to our homes?
Consider: We wash with soap to remove the bacteria on our hands; shouldn't that very same washing do just as well with any bacteria that might be on the soap? There are scientific studies that suggest that it does. For example, this 1998 study published in the journal Epidemiology and Infection and conducted by Dial (a purveyor of both bar and liquid soap) concluded that "little hazard exists in routine handwashing with previously used soap bars." In this study 16 subjects washed their hands with bars of soap that had been laced with bacteria. After washing, the investigators were unable to find detectable levels of bacteria on the subjects' skin.
At a time of peril for our environment and economic hardship for so many, perhaps we should all consider washing our hands of washing with liquid soap.
See the original article here at the Huffington Post.