Shower gel? Liquid hand soap? Never really got into them. I have always preferred a good, old-fashioned bar of waxy soap. Probably I am in the minority, but I would love to change that. There are so many reasons to start using soap again. Here are some of the best.
Eight reasons to start using soap again
Cut back your plastic
In these times of the ‘Attenborough Effect’, don’t we all want to reduce the number of plastic bottles we use? If you start using soap again you can cut out the bottles of liquid hand soap and shower gel. You can even use solid shampoo bars and dishwashing soap in bar form too.
It really works
Bar soap cleans just as well as liquid soap. People used it forever before some bright spark had the idea of sticking it in a plastic bottle in liquid form.
I have heard people describe it as unhygienic. What a lot of nonsense! It is made of stuff that cleans, like caustic soda. Therefore germs would have to be tough little blighters to hang around on a bar of soap and survive a fresh lathering when you use it. Give it a rinse first! I guess I do prefer liquid soap in public toilets, but in your own home I can’t see an issue. Also, who cleans their soap dispensers often enough to say they are free of germs? There is an interesting article on the safety of bar soap as opposed to liquid soap here.
It is cheaper
A non fancy bar of soap is super cheap. If you feel they might be a bit harsh for your skin (and some are), you can spend a couple of pounds more on one with some moisturisers included. I’m not saying you can’t spend a lot on a bar of soap if you want something with the best ingredients, but you don’t need to. If you are on a tight budget, start using soap again and save money.
Bar soap can be fancy!
Soap comes in so many fragrances, colours, shapes and sizes these days. Moisturising oils, herbs, flowers, essential oils, oats, seaweed, seeds, nuts and more are found in the nicest bars.
You can often find it in really pretty paper packaging too, so it’s nice enough to give as an eco-friendly gift to persuade someone else to start using soap again! I think these ones on Amazon look nice and are good value too.
It’s less hassle
One of the reasons I never took to shower gel is because you have to faff around trying to open a bottle whilst you are under running water. So much easier to just reach for the soap! These days, I put mine in a little hessian bag which acts as a body scrubber too. Then I hang it on the tap to dry.
You can support local makers
If I am ever at a market or craft fair I tend to make straight for the soap stalls. Soap making is a craft that has undergone a revival in recent years. I used to make my own when the kids were small and I had a bit more time, and it is fun! My favourite make looked like coconut ice.
I like to buy local and support crafts people and this is another good reason in my book why you should start using soap again.
It lasts longer
As long as you don’t let your bar of soap sit in water, it will last for ages. I find it lasts longer than liquid soap. However, if it sits in water it just dissolves and goes to mush. You need some nice soap holders with drainage, ideally.
You might argue that it is hard to use the last bit and this is true. However, you can save it going to waste by collecting up several pieces and melting them together to make a new bar. This is super thrifty! There is a video showing how to do this on Wikihow, here.
Soap has multiple uses
You can use soap in useful ways other than just to wash yourself. For example, if you are a gardener, try scraping your nails over a bar of soap before you start to keep them clean or place a couple of bars in your smelly shoes to absorb the odours.
By the way, I totally stole these last two ideas from Jillee at One Good Thing. Check out her other suggestions here.
I am interested to know if any of you have been tempted to start using soap again? If you do, what made you do it?
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