Is Castile Soap Antibacterial?
Castile soap does not contain added antibacterial chemicals but it is effective in getting rid of bacteria and virus-causing germs. Washing your hands with soap and water is one of the key public health practices that can significantly slow the rate of a pandemic and limit the number of infections. A drop of ordinary soap diluted in water is sufficient to rupture and kill many types of bacteria and viruses, including the new coronavirus that is currently circling the globe.
Respiratory viruses like coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spread when mucus or droplets containing the virus get into your body through your eyes, nose or throat. Often, the virus can easily spread from one person to the next via hands. During a global pandemic, one of the cheapest, easiest, and most important ways to prevent the spread of a virus is to wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Any soap – bar or liquid – if used properly, will help keep your hands clean and safe.
How germs are spread
The term “germs” refers to the microscopic bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa that can cause disease. Germs can be found in the air, our bodies, on food, plants, animals, surfaces and just about anything we come into contact with.
When we touch a surface such as a doorknob or handrail, we pick up germs up with our hands. And if we then touch our face, which we often do, we pass on these germs from our hands to our mouth, nose and eyes. These are the key entry points through which germs sneak into our bodies.
How soap tackles germs
Some germs have an outer protective covering made up of two layers of fatty molecules. Soap can help to break apart this outer protective layer, trapping and removing these germs along with any other oils and debris that are present in our hands. Now, for soap to do all this, remember we must wash our hands for at least 20 seconds.”
Studies by WHO have shown that by just washing our hands properly with soap and water we can cut down stomach-related illnesses by 50% and respiratory illnesses – such as the common cold and flu – by a third.
Natural Castile Soap or Antibacterial Soap?
Some data has suggested that long-term exposure to antibacterial ingredients could contribute to bacterial resistance or hormonal effects. Furthermore, there is little evidence that the use of such ingredients in consumer soaps is actually more effective than plain soap and water. Furthermore, that stuff you’re washing your hands with? It might not be soap, but detergent. It’s easy to confuse the two, so here’s a quick primer.
Detergents are a synthetic blend of surfactant (to make it foam), emulsifier (to keep ingredients blended) and a preservative (to keep it from growing yeast, mold and bacteria). Some of the common surfactants that you will see on the back of your bottle of ‘soap’ are sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), ammonium lauryl sulfate (ALS), and sodium pareth sulfate. Some these ‘soap’ are marketed as antibacterial after the addition of antibacterial and antimicrobial agents like triclosan, triclocarban, benzalkonium chloride, benzethonium chloride, and chloroxylenol.
Antibacterial and antimicrobial soap, and other cleaning products you have in your bathroom and kitchen, may be responsible for the evolution of drug resistant bugs. Antibacterial and antimicrobial agents were created to prevent the spread of infection in hospitals. Such products are now marketed to everyday consumers, too. As a result, more microbes are exposed to and develop resistances to these agents.
By using more antibacterial products, people may encourage bacteria to evolve and become more virulent than they were before. Overusing antibacterial products is now a major point of study within the field of pharmacoepidemiology — the study of how people use medicines.
True soap like our castile soap, however, is very different. It requires none of those synthetic additives. Castile soap is a saponified blend of acids (like vegetable oils) and base (like sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide). When these acids and bases interact or saponify, the result is a naturally foaming soap that requires no artificial preservative, foaming agent or synthetic emulsifier. Instead, castile soap is a naturally sudsy soap, with a pH just high enough to not require the addition of preservatives.
At Singapore Soap, our castile soap, pronounced “kas-teel”, is a plant oil based soap (also known as a vegan soap). Its a biodegradable natural soap that’s made from vegetable oil such as olive, coconut, or any other plant based oil. Known for it’s gentle cleansing, it’s a real soap contains no detergent or toxins and are considered safe for all skin types.
For anyone wishing to keep your hands and body clean while reducing their personal exposure to chemical burden or wanting to minimize their children’s or pets’ exposure to harsh cleaning substances, castile soap is an excellent choice.
At Singapore Soap, our castile liquid soap are manufactured from all natural vegetable oils. It is biodegradable and environmentally friendly. To avoid any potential irritant to skin, we also do not use any hazardous ingredients foam booster e.g. SLES, SLS in our castile liquid soap production.
Wash your hands with soap or use hand sanitizer?
In general, both handwashing with soap and water and hand sanitizer, when practiced/used correctly, are highly effective at killing most germs and pathogens. The best way to prevent the spread of infections and decrease the risk of getting sick is by washing your hands with plain soap and water, advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Soap kills the coronavirus by destroying the outer shell that protects it.
If your hands look dirty, you should wash them with soap and water. Hand sanitizer is less effective on visibly dirty hands. Hand sanitizer is often more convenient when you are outside of the home.
Where to Buy Castile Soap
Singapore Soap is a local manufacturer and bulk supplier of liquid castile soap and castile soap bar in Singapore. We have one of the best quality liquid castile soap and castile soap bars available at fantastic wholesale manufacturer price. We have unscented castile liquid soap and castile soap bars in Singapore! As a local producer of castile soap, our products are top quality and priced lower than castile soap found commercially in the market. Now you can use a healthier soap for your hands or body with our castile soap made from natural vegetable oils.