Antibacterial soaps such as Safeguard do not appear to provide any clinical health benefits over using regular soap and water. Regular soap is quite effective in removing bacteria from skin.Know More
Antibacterial soaps contain triclosan or tricloban. These antibacterial agents have to be in contact with bacteria for at least two minutes to kill the bacteria. Most users do not leave the soap on long enough for the antibacterial agent to work.
Antibacterial soaps such as Safeguard might cause health and environmental problems. They penetrate the skin and accumulate in the bodies of people and environmentally exposed animals. Some studies suggest they can disrupt endocrine systems, promote allergies and distort photosynthesis in algae. They may be harmful to infants breast-fed by mothers who use antibacterial soaps.Learn more about Soap & Body Wash
The three basic ingredients of a typical soap are water, oil and an alkaline solution commonly referred to as lye. Oils that are used can be derived from vegetable or non-vegetable sources. Vegetable sources include rice, coconuts, ground nuts and castor oil plants. Non-vegetable sources include tallow and lard. Soaps also contain ingredients that add color or scent, but they aren't part of the chemical process of soap creation.Full Answer >
According to the Illinois Poison Center, soap may cause irritation to the stomach or intestines if swallowed. However, hand and body soaps are minimally toxic in very small quantities, such as when someone licks or tastes a bar of soap. Nausea and intestinal upset are the most common symptoms.Full Answer >
Octagon soap is a type of lye soap used mostly for laundry purposes. People also use it as an all-purpose soap. Octagon soap was first produced in the early 1900s, and it was most popular during the 1930s.Full Answer >
Soap works by removing dirt, oil and bacteria from the skin, due to fatty acids in the soap that bond with oils. Soap can suspend oil, which can then be rinsed away.Full Answer >