Does lye soap really clean

Discussion in 'Soap Making' started by Nana, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. Nana

    Nana New Member

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    I have been asked by numerous people to prove that the lye soap I make is really cleaning their hands. Many are healthcare workers and are paranoid. Does anyone know of any research I can send their way.
     
  2. swgoats

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  3. Nana

    Nana New Member

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    Thank you that is good. I will print that article for them. It acts a surfactant and doesn't kill germs but just washes them away.
     
  4. Aja-Sammati

    Aja-Sammati New Member

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    There are a lot of articles out there about anti-bacterial soaps being unhealthy, too.
     
  5. todog

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    I saw something just yesterday that stated what ever soap you wash with you need to wash for a certain amount of time to wash away the germs. those quick washes, wet hands apply soap rinse, doesnt do the trick. Norovirus is the hardest to kill or wash away and it is the stomach flu virus.
     
  6. MF-Alpines

    MF-Alpines New Member

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    My standard answer: All soap is lye soap.
     
  7. Trysta

    Trysta New Member

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    What you (and all of us soapmakers) make is just lyesoap with better ingredients and the good stuff left in it, as opposed to the lyesoap they buy now.
    Marion
     
  8. VickiLynne

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    Just something I came across some time ago..........

    The History of Hand Washing

    by Vicki Racker MD

    Did you know that during the Civil War, more lives were lost to infection
    than to weapons?

    During Lincoln’s presidency, doctors did not wash their hands. Doctors did
    not understand how diseases were spread.

    Dr. Ignac Semmelweis, a Hungarian obstetrician who practiced during that
    time, was the first to suggest than hand washing would be a good idea.
    One in four women whose babies were delivered by doctors at a hospital in
    Vienna died of childbed fever. He observed that the death rate was highest
    among doctors who did internal exams on women after working in the
    morgue.

    He concluded that the doctors were carrying some sort of particle, now
    understood to be bacteria, that they transmitted to their patients. After
    doctors routinely wash their hands in chlorine solution, the death rate
    dropped from 25% to below 1%. His recommendation saved the lives of
    millions.

    Surgeons have elevated hand washing into a ritual that's as complex as a
    formal tea ceremony. You don't need to do that; just rub soap on your
    hands for the amount of time it takes to sing the ABC song.

    Skip the antibiotic soap. Bacteria divide quickly and reshuffle their DNA to
    create another strain of bacteria resistant to the soap that's even more
    capable of making you sick. And most colds and flu are caused by viruses,
    which antibiotic soaps will not touch.
     
  9. hsmomof4

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    Given who is asking, I don't think that this addresses what they're getting at. They are meaning, does this plain old bar soap clean their hands like their antibacterial liquid syndet stuff does?
     
  10. MRFBarbara

    MRFBarbara Guest

    Well it sure gets my barn clothes clean and they get very dirty... I haven't washed my hair with shampoo in over 10 years, I have very healthy hair.. I use my bar soap to wash my hair.. When I am forced to use commerical soaps ( visiting, in a restroom etc) I don't feel clean and I am one to wash my hands a long time.. and really scrub my hands and they come away feeling dry and itching using commerical. Handmade soaps have really helped my hubby with his ezcema and other skin issues ( he has Crohns disease).. So needless to say, I am a believer in handmade soaps.. and will never go back to commerical products..
     
  11. hsmomof4

    hsmomof4 New Member

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    I'm with you, Barb!
     
  12. VickiLynne

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    :yeahthat

    What Barbara said!

    Vicki/NC
     
  13. Greylady

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    Just a question, do ever feel a build up in your hair? Reason asking is because I was reading somewhere just as soap scum build up like in your tub it will in your hair so to use a vinegar rinse to prevent that. I like the way mine feels when I use my soap too. It took about a week for it to adjust though getting all the other junk off of it. Do you make a special shampoo bar that you use?
     
  14. MRFBarbara

    MRFBarbara Guest

    No special bar here and no I don't have build up, but I rinse really well..
     
  15. MF-Alpines

    MF-Alpines New Member

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    And just so you folks know, Barb does have beautiful hair!