Way back at the beginning of the blog, I wrote an article about making liquid hand soap.  I did make it a couple of times, but then I just thought actually it is a whole lot less effort to just use bar soap.  Also I read an article saying that the soap can go off and it probably needs to be kept in the fridge which isn’t ideal when you need it in the bathroom.  So I bought a whole load pure olive oil bar soap and we have been using it ever since. 
The problem with soap is that I keep wondering whether it is actually doing more good than harm, doing more harm than good or doing nothing much at all.  Soap takes energy to make it and it uses up resources. It needs to be packaged, transported, sold and bought.  If it is not necessary then we can all save ourselves a lot of time, effort, money and precious resources by quitting it altogether.
After a quick google I found these two interesting articles about soap what they don’t tell you about soap and soap how much cleaner does it actually make your hands.  I felt the key messages from these articles were as follows:

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  • the most important part of hand hygiene is technique – washing well with water is half the battle. Soap will help too, but you still need to wash your hands properly.  
  • if the first article is to be believed it says ‘Continuous use of soap depletes the capacity of your body to produce the body oils that give your skin the glow and beauty you desire’. 

So washing with soap too often may interfere with your bodies ability to do it’s own job properly and to get the full effects you need to store it properly and to have a long rinse with it.

In spite of my reservations about soap I do still use it as I think the benefits outweigh the disadvantages and my bulk bought soap is not expensive given how long it lasts.

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  1. We had our septic tank emptied last year becasue we had 'issues' due to the heavy rainfall. I just had to take a look inside when they were emptying it. I know, I'm odd! It was quite interesting but disgusting. Big lumps of white stuff was floating on the surface and apparently that's blobs of fat from soap and from your poop. YUK! So yeah, soap isn't great for your waste system.
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  2. Zoe

    I guess it's good to know what is going on in there – I'm not sure I could be as brave as you though Jennifer!

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