Hand washing with bar soap
As Coronavirus is dominating the world scene, one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself is as simple as washing your hands with bar soap and water, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Why is bar soap best? According to The Food Network’s Alton Brown, soap and water applied to hands and agitated (washing) creates an amphiphilic (water-loving/fat-loving) emulsification (allowing fat & water to mix) that strips off the protective oil-based layer around viruses and sends it down the drain, dead.
Soap has a hydrophilic (water-loving) head and a hydrophobic (fat-loving) tail, together with water creating the action to actually strip away bad things. Simply put, soap is the oldest amphiphilic product known.
Although hand sanitizer can kill viruses, it doesn’t remove it from your hands. Liquid soap is good, but bar soap is more efficient. Use the 30-second rule with running water, or hum along to the ‘Happy Birthday’ song, washing palm side of your hands, back side, and rubbing nails together to remove germs and bacteria from under the nails. Rinse well and dry with a clean towel.
Try any of our skin-loving bar soaps: from our Target: Acne bar (with tea tree & lavender essential oils and witch hazel) to our wonderfully scented bars, to our most gentle Castile bar. As you say bye-bye to germs, viruses and bacteria, your skin will love you for it.