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Why Is Natural Bar Soap Safer Than Antibacterial Soap?

Posted on January 30 2016

Natural Bar SoapThe Benefits of Natural Bar Soap

Your family’s health is an ongoing priority, and that extends to personal cleanliness – especially if you have children at home. The drive towards maximum germ protection is helping ramp up sales of antibacterial soap, but what if you knew that natural bar soap was just as effective at killing bugs?

Recent studies have shown that despite all the cleanliness claims, most antibacterial soap is no better than regular bar soap at killing germs. In fact, using antibacterial soap can actually be detrimental to your family’s health, according to the findings.

Antibacterial soap v natural soap

Research from scientists in Korea has highlighted that antibacterial soap has no greater cleaning power than a regular bar soap and water; what’s more, studies are investigating the effects of antibacterial compound triclosan – used in many antibacterial soaps – as having an adverse effect on the thyroid and increasing resistance to antibiotics.

Lab findings published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy highlighted that in tests against 20 strains of bacteria, antibacterial soap containing 0.3 per cent triclosan was no more effective at killing germs than regular soap when used in day-to-day conditions, such as washing hands at work, school or at home.

On average, people wash their hands for 20 seconds; it took more than nine hours for the antibacterial compound to have any noticeable effect on the bacteria in a test tube – and it could take even longer to work on against germs on the skin.

How natural soap works

Rather than washing those dollars down the drain, try switching to a natural soap packed with ingredients derived from nature that support your family’s health, including natural oils, butters and plant derivatives.

Coconut oil and olive oil are deeply nourishing ingredients used in natural soap that are suitable for all the family, including members with sensitive skin. Both oils are naturally antibacterial, ridding the skin of dirt and germs safely and without any known ill-effects.

Many natural soaps like those handcrafted by Soap.Club are infused with natural essential oils and vitamin-rich ingredients for a whole host of extra health benefits, as well as a truly sensory experience with a rich, creamy lather. Make the change to natural soap and know exactly what your family puts on its skin.

Other natural soap benefits

As well its antiseptic properties, soap handmade with natural ingredients can offer other far-reaching benefits. Soap.Club’s natural soaps contain olive oil, shea butter and coconut oil, each of which has a host of skin-saving benefits, such as moisturizing the skin without clogging pores.

Olive oil and shea butter are known to be naturally anti-aging, helping reduce the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots. Rich in vitamins A and E, these moisturizers protect the skin against environmental damage and help guard against UV radiation.

Coconut oil, meanwhile, is antimicrobial, antifungal and antibacterial, helping repel germs and bacteria responsible for breakouts and skin complaints like acne. It’s also deeply nourishing, helping soothe the symptoms of dry skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis.

Making the soap switch

Finding the right soap for your family can be a challenge with so many varieties to choose from. Instead of picking up a chemical-filled bar from the superstore, why not have a go at making your own handcrafted natural soap at home?Follow our recipe below for Wild Cotton Natural Soap – a family favorite for its fresh, clean scent and luxurious lather. Making soap from scratch takes time and effort but means you know exactly what you’re washing with.

It’s also a fun way to make savings on your toiletries spending and can become something of a creative hobby if you find that you like it. If you want to give natural soap a try without the hassle, you can always shop our Scent Store and pick out an artisan soap that suits you – we have more than 70 natural soaps in stock!

Wild Cotton Natural Soap recipe


  • 1 lb olive oil
  • 10 oz coconut oil
  • 6 oz shea butter
  • 125g lye
  • 12 oz water
  • 0.5 oz Wild Cotton fragrance


  • Safety goggles
  • Rubber gloves
  • Wooden or plastic soap mold
  • Large stainless steel or enamel pot
  • Weighing scales
  • Hand stick blender
  • Two 3 qt size plastic pitchers
  • Two thermometers
  • Two wooden spoons
  • Measuring cup, 2 or 3-cup size
  • Freezer paper
  • An old blanket or large rag
  • Piece of cardboard cut to fit the mold as a lid


1) Wearing your protective goggles and gloves, weigh out the water into one of the pitchers and the lye into another. Add the lye to the water slowly, stirring continuously.

2) While the mixture heats up, line your mold with freezer paper and weigh out the oils and butters. Melt in a pot on the stove and let the mixture cool to about 100 degrees F.

3) When the lye mixture has reached the same temperature as the oils/butters, pour into the pot of melted oils and butters and mix until you reach a light trace. You might want to switch to your stick blender to make stirring easier.

4) Add the Wild Cotton fragrance oil and continue to mix until a full trace is achieved – this is where you can see tracks in the mixture.

5) Pour the batter into the soap mold and cover with the lid and blanket. Leave to set for 18 hours.

6) Remove the coverings and leave the soap to air for a few hours longer. When firm, remove the soap from the mold and cut to size

7) Leave the soaps to cure on an open drying rack for at least two weeks. Soap.Club natural soaps are allowed to cure for a minimum of six weeks to create the best quality soap.

We’d love to know how your soaps turned out – leave us a comment below! Don’t forget to visit the Soap.Club blog again for more great natural soap recipes, tips and tricks or to visit The Scent Store for your favorite handmade natural soap.

Please note: Soap.Club receives a high volume of recipes from our members; we are unable to test every recipe so please use for guidance only. Working with lye can be dangerous – please take care. We cannot guarantee the results and we strongly recommend that you stick to small batches at first. 

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