November 30, 2021

Do Natural Soaps Really Clean?

By Better Suds Staff
Do Natural Soaps Really Clean Well?

Soap is an absolute essential for keeping your skin and yourself healthy, but upon realizing that many common soap brands use harsh chemicals and more to clean skin, many consumers naturally want a better option. Before making the switch to natural soaps, it is totally normal to have questions first! One of the most common questions Better Suds gets asked is whether or not natural soaps really clean.

Do Natural Soaps Clean?


If you are really interested in understanding the science behind why natural soap bars are just as effective as a common commercial soap, feel free to continue reading about how natural (and non-natural) soap works.

The Science Behind Soap: 101

Chemistry majors may continue scrolling, but for the rest of us, in order to help explain the science on how soaps work to keep us clean on a scientific level, we're going to be leaning on the brilliant folks at Harvard University.

First things first... "there are two general types of molecules: polar (things that can be mixed into water, like sugar) and nonpolar (things that cannot be mixed into water, like oil)." Dirt, germs, bacteria, and other molecules that you're looking to clean off of your skin can be both polar and nonpolar.

Soaps are effective at cleaning because soap molecules are amphipathic, which means that they have both polar and non-polar properties. "This gives soap the ability to dissolve most types of molecules, making it easier to wash them off your hands."

Simply put, the science behind soap's efficacy is that they "don’t necessarily kill bacteria and viruses as much as they simply help you wash them off your skin."

When formulated properly, natural soaps have the same amphipathic properties that allow them to be as effective as non-natural soaps. Furthermore, soap's effectiveness is two-fold, one of which is chemistry, the other is behavioral psychology. 

Soap's Two-Fold Effect

On the chemistry side of things, the amphipathic properties of soap works to loosen the dirt, germs, bacteria, and other molecules like dead skin cells off of your skin so they can be rinsed away more easily.

On the behavioral psychology side of things, people tend to wash their hands or bodies for a much longer period of time when they're using soap, because of the time it takes to lather it up, scrub it arounds, and then to wash all of it off.

In combination, this one-two punch of chemistry and behavioural psychology makes soaps powerful - including natural soaps (when formulated properly)!

Natural Soaps That Clean

Better Suds' natural soaps offer effective cleaning power without harsh chemicals, rendered animal fats, or other nasty ingredients that you probably don't want to rub all over your skin. Thanks to natural essential oils and more, our natural soaps smell great and are good for your skin. 

After all, your skin is your largest organ, and what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body. Learn more here! 

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