Does Handmade Soap Clean as Well as Commercial Soap?

During the outbreak of Coronavirus people who make soap at home may wonder about the efficacy of their product when it comes to reducing likelihood of infection. Making Soap Mag examined common commercial soaps versus homemade to answer this question. Soap is a mixture of oil and lye. Water will dissolve the lye or alkaline component. Washing hands with soap uses the properties of the soap compound to remove oils and so foreign particles from hands. Homemade soaps although different in composition from commercial brands still contain the basic properties of soaps and will effectively remove the virus from hands with enough washing.

Key Takeaways:

  • Soap and water is more effective at combating illness than hand sanitizer is, as long as you use it for twenty to thirty seconds.
  • In order to make soap, you need the exact same ingredients as commercial soap, the only difference are the type of fragrances added.
  • Homemade soap is made with natural ingredients, and is superior to commercial soap, therefore it costs more, but for good reason.

“Real soap is the result of the combination of alkaline (lye) and oils. Any plant or animal oil will saponify, or make soap, when combined with lye and the water required to dissolve the lye.”

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