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Are handmade bar soaps hygienic compare with liquid soap?

Are handmade bar soaps hygienic compare with liquid soap?

Some people tell me that they would love to switch to use a natural soap bar to avoid chemicals and reduce plastic bottles but they worry that the soap bar is not hygienic as liquid soap. 

First, soap making is an ancient concept as far back as 2800 BCE. Soap is a combination of an acid (fat from animals oil, vegetable oils, butter) and a base (sodium hydroxide) through saponification. Soap is doing two things, decreasing the surface tension of the water and binding to dirt, oil and bacteria. 

We, humans, are mostly microbes, over 100 trillion of them. The microbiome is essential for human development, immunity and nutrition. Our skin contains thousands of different bacteria, germs, fungi, viruses that live on and inside the human body to help and keep us healthy. 

Generally, germs can and most likely do live on all bars of soap, also stay/live on the pump of the liquid soap bottle in the bathroom anyway. But it's very unlikely they will make you sick or cause a skin infection as we do have the natural microbiome, good bacteria that keep our skin healthy. Only those with a compromised immune system are the only ones really need extra cautious and need to use a specific liquid soap.

Bacteria and germs love living in "water" base environment and for sure it loves living on the soggy soap bar. Please:

* Always keep the soap away from water such as watery soap dish or wet bathtub.
* Allows it to dry between uses. 
* Rinse your soap in running water after use and before lathering up to get rid of the wet outer surface. 

Would it still good for sharing the bar with family members? 
Yes. It is alright to share. Family members living together in your home, your bodies have most likely adapted to the environment and you probably share many of the same microorganisms so no worry. But you should better have a new soap bar for the guest when they visit. 


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