The Shocking Truth About Bar Soap And Germs

Are there germs on bar soap? The answer might surprise you.

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Are there germs on bar soap?

The shocking answer is, yes. Bacteria tends to grow inside the goo created when the bar soap contacts water for some time.

The wetness of the water allows microbiological growth, while skin cells that remain on the bar soap can be used as a food source for some pathogens. This provides an environment in which dangerous bacteria can grow freely, and contact your skin when you use that same soap.

Not all is lost, though. Washing the bar soap thoroughly with water drastically diminishes risk of bacteria surviving on the soap. It is also recommended to wash the container in which the bar soap is kept often to keep the goo from developing.

Soap Hygiene

Is it hygienic to share bar soap?

If you’re sharing a bar of soap with family members living in the same household, it is easy to assume you will be sharing germs in other more significant ways aside from bar soap.

For example, hand drying cloths are teeming with germs and bacteria when shared by multiple people. They are also not changed nearly as often as they should be, and remain damp for long periods of time, inviting mold and skin cells that can feed different pathogens.

Germs can pass from one household member to another quite naturally, in a variety of situations, due to the close proximity family members have to each other. Let’s just say that the bar soap is the least of your concerns in that situation.


However, using bar soap previously used by strangers could expose you to potentially harmful germs you haven’t encountered before, especially if that soap has been “sitting” in its own goo as it often tends to.

That’s why if you’re sharing bar soap at home, the risks aren’t too high, but if you are sharing bar soap in public, for example, at a gas station, we would highly recommend using another form of hand sanitization.

Does using bar soap have certain benefits?

People tend to scrub harder when they have a physical point of contact with the soap. Scrubbing correctly is vital in the effort to get the germs and bacteria off of the skin. It’s important people who use any type of soap scrub their hands correctly, according to the recommended movements.

Soap and water

Is liquid soap better than bar soap?

That depends on who is answering. It should be stressed that any soap is better than no soap at all.

If people, for example, the older generation, are used to their bar soap and that is what gets them to wash their hands more often – then we’re all for it! Anything that motivates hand hygiene is a good thing in our eyes.

Liquid soap doesn’t hold the same risk of bacteria and infection, and can also come pre-frothed for maximum efficiency, as opposed to bar soap. It takes between one to two pumps of liquid soap to coat both hands evenly (a minimum of 0.7 ml), which means it is easier to calculate just how much soap you need and save valuable resources.

Liquid soap can also be mounted on touchless soap dispensers. We believe this mechanism is important for better hand hygiene, which is why the CleanMachine is equipped with a touch-free motion-activated soap dispenser, as well as dispensing the correct amount of warm water to help froth the soap correctly and eventually wash it off.

Still, the question of which one is better is a question of preference, and is individual, as each soap has its advantages.

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