So I have done a bit of research into the pros and cons of both soap bars and liquid soaps to answer the question; which is better? I have been using soap bars in the shower for over a year now (which I love!) and I have been wanting to switch to soap bars to wash my hands for sometime but as silly as it might sound… I wasn’t sure if a soap bar would perform as well as liquid. Here are my findings!
Pros of soap bars:
Antibacterial soaps are no more effective than regular soap and water for killing disease-causing germs
Bar soap tends to be less expensive than antibacterial soap and hand sanitisers
A bar of soap will kill all the nasty bacteria but not healthy bacteria on the skin's surface
Can easily buy fragrance free bars (better for those with allergies)
Soap can be messy, leaving residue
Can dry skin if a high PH bar is used however soap contains glycerin which is actually good for dry and sensitive skin
When the soap is nearly used up it breaks into small, hard to use pieces
Pros of Liquid soap:
Lathers up better than bar soap
Can be better at moisturising
Easier to store (less mess)
Cons of Liquid soaps:
Harder to control the amount used with each wash = more waste
Filled with unnecessary chemicals like petroleum and Diethanolamine (DEA) which are harmful to us and our ecosystem
Liquid soaps leave a 25% larger carbon footprint. It uses 7 times more energy and carbon emissions and don’t forget the nasty plastic packaging plus the hard to recycle plastic pump.
Not as cost effective as bar soap typically in a household of 4-5 people one bottle of liquid soap will last a few weeks. Yet a bar of soap will last twice as long.
Fragranced soap can affect those with allergies ( liquid soap without fragrance is harder to find)
Bar soap is overall a better option, if you want to go green, save money, kill germs and be more health conscious then bar soap is the way to go. The only downside I can see from bar soap is it’s sometimes not as moisturising and doesn’t lather up as much as it’s liquid counterpart!
Here’s some great soap companies to check out: