Organic Soap, A Virus Fighter

Updated: Apr 4, 2020

Hand sanitizers contain over 60 percent alcohol. Sanitizer can be a good option when you are not near a sink, for viruses, like the coronavirus. But, traditional soap is more effective than hand sanitizer.

The problem with using antibacterial products is it includes an ingredient called – triclosan – that the FDA considers a pesticide. Commercial soap is made cheaply and marketed heavily, with ingredients meant to minimize the stripping nature of its detergent base and to preserve it for the possibility of eight months in a warehouse. None of these ingredients are right for your skin.

While hand sanitizer is useful, it can fail under some conditions. If your hands are wet from sweat, the water can dilute the sanitizer and cause it not to do its job. Another thing, if your hands are dirty or sticky with substances, the sanitizer will not clean your hands of sticky grease, which viruses can also cling.

Important Quote

“Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). “In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.” ( source. FDA news-events )

How Does Soap Work?

As you wash your hands, the hydrophobic side of the soap molecule, which is attracted to fats and oils. It then burrows its way into the fatty envelope of the virus and pulls the virus apart. Then the harmless remnants of virus get washed down the drain.

The CDC recommends washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. You need to make sure you rub and lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.

More than anything, though, many people don't realize that before and after you wash your hands, you should use a barrier, to turn on and off the faucet. You can use a paper towel or a hand towel to do so. This prevents the recontamination of your hands by the germs you had prior to hand-washing.

Our Soap

Organic soap like ours is made to be both suitable for skin and antibacterial from the beginning — from the high-quality ingredients we use.

For many, switching to organic, skin-compatible soap means their skin isn’t automatically dry after bathing or showering. It can mean not having to use lotion right away and then several times during the day. Using soap made for the skin, rather than for sale, is all you need to use. Sanitizers will dry out the skin after many uses.

So why not give organic soap a try?

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