Simply Healthy Family: Soap's Dirty Little Secret

4.8.11

Soap's Dirty Little Secret

photo via CNN Health




Have you ever given a second thought to the type of soap you use? Do you like a pretty floral or fruity smelling soap? Do you prefer an anti-bacterial one? Is price your main concern?

I've seen people over the years stock up on anti-bacterial soaps and hand sanitizers in hopes of evading illnesses and germs.  I thought I'd touch base on the truth about anti-bacterial and other soaps. I'm glad to see more people steering clear of anti-bacterial soaps these days because they are just not necessary and cause more harm than good. 


Why?  

Antibacterial products leave surface residues, creating conditions that may foster the development of resistant bacteria and lower the resistance of your immune system.  Keeping things clean is great, but all these antibacterial products are overkill and counterproductive. Furthermore, they are chemical laden and extremely drying and harsh on your sensitive skin.


Antibacterial soaps don't work any better than regular soap. They do prevent illness in health care settings, where patients are more vulnerable to germs. But the antibacterial ingredients in hospital-strength soaps are up to 10 times the concentration of store-bought soap.





Also, antibacterial ingredients don’t kill viruses, which cause the vast majority of minor illnesses people experience. That includes colds, the flu, and stomach bugs.







Most soaps contain synthetic ingredients such as fragrances, added color and stabilizers.


Did You Know?

Soap in and of itself does not rid your skin of germs. The act of friction and length of time you wash is what gets rid of dirt and germs. I have my kids slowly sing the ABC's while they wash their hands as fast as they can, then we say goodbye to the germs as we wash them down the sink. Aim for at least 30 seconds of vigorous scrubbing before you rinse.


So what kind of soap is best?

Any mild, natural or Organic soap is best for your skin, the environment and your long-term health.



What is glycerin soap?

Glycerin absorbs water from the air and attracts moisture to the skin. When used in combination with the proper essential oils, you get a moisturizing soap which can also restore and heal damaged skin and hair.

Glycerin itself is more valuable than soap because it acts as an emollient and humectant, which means it moisturizes skin and draws moisture to the skin's surface.

Organic soap makers usually leave the glycerin in the soap, which makes it considerably less drying than non-organic soap. Companies that mass produce soap generally remove the glycerin to use it in more profitable cosmetic products such as face creams and body lotions.

So does that mean it's more expensive? Not really. Especially if you are buying those pretty fragrance soaps at the mall or any liquid pump soap. Sorry to burst your bubble {pun intended}.



I switched to bar soap which has saved us a TON of money. Especially with 4 kids in the house
 who seem to go through a bottle of soap in a few days. Bubbles are fun.
A bar of soap lasts much longer than liquid soap and works just as well.



Bar Soap - $1.89   vs.   Liquid - $3.99







  

Three of my favorite brands:

Tom's of Maine   Runs around $3.00 for a bar.  I've seen Tom's at most grocery stores that have a 'specialty' section.

Trader Joe's  Liquid Glycerin Soap - Runs around $2.80 for a 12.5 oz. bottle. I love how incredibly gentle and moisturizing this soap is! It smells so fresh and clean too. Trader Joe's is an extremely
eco-conscience retailer as well so you just can't go wrong here.

Trader Joe's  Oatmeal and Honey Bar Soap.  Not only is this all natural, eco-friendly, moisturizing and smells wonderful, it cost less than $2.00 for TWO bars!  Score!  






















Some information gathered from

Asparagus Soap
Pioneer Thinking
Livestrong
Scientific America
WebMD
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22 comments:

  1. Uh oh...no more Bath & Body Works for me!! :((

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  2. Aww man, sorry to burst your bubble (pun intended). I've been tempted to buy those pretty soaps too but it's just not worth it.

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  3. Thanks for passing on such important information. I've been wanting to rid our house of body wash - I just have to wait until we use up what we have in the shower! And I've recently switched to an all-natural shampoo and haven't noticed a difference at all. It works great!

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  4. Yay! I've been using a home made face wash with oils that I just love. Good luck.

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  5. The information you passed on was truly worth reading..Thanks again..

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  6. Love this post! Your blog is fabulous :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  7. I heard that too much antibiotic soap isn't wise...thanks for a great post!

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  8. Awww, thanks so much Miriam.
    Ann, I'm glad more people are hearing about this. Please pass on the word. It's just another marketing scheme for co. to make money based on peoples fears.

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  9. I only buy organic soap, and your post so succinctly explains why! I want to try some of the varieties you shared. I just wish we had a Trader Joe's here! Thank you for sharing, sweet friend. I hope your night was full of good food and sweet fellowship. Much love.

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  10. What a great post! I have been using all natural and organic soap for ever :)

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  11. Thanks so much! All of your kind words really keep me going. I just want to spread the word about healthy living. Easy Peasy! ;)

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  12. That was such an interesting article. I made the switch away from liquid soaps about two years ago. My kids are still grumbling about the length of time it takes to work up a lather, but they are getting the hang of it.

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  13. Very interesting...I really had no idea. Not going to lie, my family and I are all about the antibacterial soaps. I guess I need to start spreading the word that they are not as good as they sound.

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  14. Thanks for the info, I really appreciate knowing that I'm making some correct decisions for my fam!

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  15. glad to hear!
    Marissa, I was not aware of this info until a couple of year ago when my mom started chastising me about the hazards. I can't believe I never made the connection between antibacterial soaps not killing viruses!

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  16. glad to hear!
    Marissa, I was not aware of this info until a couple of year ago when my mom started chastising me about the hazards. I can't believe I never made the connection between antibacterial soaps not killing viruses!

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  17. Thanks for the info, I really appreciate knowing that I'm making some correct decisions for my fam!

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  18. Thanks so much! All of your kind words really keep me going. I just want to spread the word about healthy living. Easy Peasy! ;)

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  19. Love this post! Your blog is fabulous :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  20. The information you passed on was truly worth reading..Thanks again..

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  21. Uh oh...no more Bath & Body Works for me!! :((

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  22. Glad to hear Jess!

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