Did you know that there are many different types of soap? From cream soap to foam soap to bar soap, there are a variety of options. Which type of soap is the right one is a question that washroom operators should consider. It is not only a question of consumption, but also of the feeling of cleanliness for the users. Which type of soap is right for my washroom guests? Have you already considered foam soap dispensers?
The soap bar
Everyone knows it: the rectangular bar of soap. Invented by the Sumerians about 4,500 years ago, today's soap bars are made on the basis of vegetable fats. Olive oil, for example, can be the base. Years ago, the bar of soap was almost unthinkable anywhere else but in the washing room, but today its disadvantages outweigh its advantages in public and heavily frequented washrooms: Residues in the soap dishes quickly appeare unhygienic. Many users also find it unpleasant to hold moist soap in their hands that has previously been touched by someone they do not know. Because of the frequent touching, bar soap tends to be more unhygienic than liquid or foam soap.
Cream soap from the dispenser
One solution is cream soap from dispensers that are easy to dose. These are perceived as much more hygienic. Especially when the washing process can be carried out without contact. The advantage of enriching cream soap is that the natural pH value of the skin is taken into account. If you use a bar of soap with a higher pH value than your own skin, this can lead to irritation. This is a good option for people whose jobs require them to wash their hands frequently.
Sustainable and cleansing: foam soap
Foaming soap can also be used in dosage-friendly dispensers. In addition to being skin-friendly, it is also sustainable: no water is needed to lather it up. It is also easier to spread and rinse off. This significantly reduces both soap and water consumption. Up to 2.2 million litres of soap can be saved annually.* In addition, water consumption is significantly reduced due to the already lathered soap.
Did you know that thorough hand washing and drying is sufficient?
Germs, bacteria and viruses can usually be removed from the skin with a thorough washing. In the case of stubborn dirt particles, it may be necessary to create a little more friction, but these can also be removed with one washing process. It is important to dry the hands properly afterwards. Only dried hands are clean and do not immediately pick up germs again.
If you would like to find out more about the CWS Group's sustainability strategy, please read the current sustainability report.
*Based on the sales figures of CWS SoapFoam in 2020