Bar Soap Vs Liquid Soap
This Shopkeeping Life: Musings from the Shop Floor
Although the old fashioned bar is looking good for reducing plastic waste, how you use it may be something to be mindful of! Here are some of our staff tips…
- If hand washing with a bar, try lathering up with the tap off.
- Use a well draining soap dish that keeps the bar from becoming a soapy mess, you’ll use less cleaning product too. For lovely locally available soap holders try The Panton Store or Hub General Store, or this flash brass one available from Sydney retailer Oliver Thom. We love these Melbourne made ceramics from Est and Fazeek too.
- Use a sponge or cloth in the shower in conjunction with a good soap dish, this will avoid too much body and hand contact with the soap (if that bothers you). Try Cottage Industry or make your own with a free pattern from Crochet Love Melbourne.
- Pop the tiny shards of a bar soap nearing its end into a lovely exfoliating bath mitt or soap saver - see The Green Horse and The Panton Store.
If you have a high traffic bathroom and you’re worried about hand hygiene (who isn't these days?) don’t stress about bar soap germs, why not use a good liquid soap for hands and a bar in the shower? Make sure to recycle the plastic bottle, buy in bulk, or find a good low waste subscription service like the new eco warrior kids Zero Co!
Whatever soap you choose you’ll make a big difference to the environment, the local economy and your own feelings of well being if you buy local!
Here is some fun stuff and further reading :
Crochet at The Thread Den
Ethical Soap, Ethical Consumer UK
Goats milk soap with no goats milk? Confusing labels on cosmetics, Choice Magazine
Soap Making for Beginners at CERES
How traditional Palestinian olive oil soap is made in Nablus
*You can read the comprehensive scientific report if you’re game! Or this lay-person's summary is good too