Can we take a step back in time for just a minute? Before the rise of liquid soaps, I remember growing up when we had one bar of soap for the family shower. I guess I never really thought about it’s potential danger until I heard people tell me they were skeptical about returning to bar soap. So I decided to do some research.
What I found is basically that bacteria can remain on the surface of the soap (just like on any other surface), but that “little hazard exists in routine handwashing with previously used soap bars,” according to this article. The article went on to mention other articles that found similar results.
So, go ahead and use that beautiful bar of soap to wash your hands with routine handwashing hygiene.
Myth 3: Soap and Water is All You Need
Good handwashing hygiene starts with soap and water, but time and technique matter. A little elbow grease is necessary to get all those pesky germs off your hands. The CDC recommends washing for at least 20 seconds and making sure not to forget your thumbs, finger tips and in between your fingers.
The pay-off is fantastic, though. The CDC says washing your hands is like a “do it yourself vaccine,” and that it helps prevent almost 1 in 3 diarrhea-related sicknesses and 1 in 5 respiratory infections.
All in all, singing happy birthday to yourself - twice should take about 20 seconds - every time you wash your hands might be worth it, especially as we knock on the door of fall and winter.
So, what about you? Do you have any tips or tricks to good handwashing hygiene? I’d love to hear them…Leave me a comment below!