For many of the reasons outlined above, liquid hand cleaner is usually a more suitable option than traditional bar soap in most busy, high turnover areas and fast-paced workplaces. Many people prefer to use liquid soap at all times, whether it’s in offices, workshops or at home, due to its all-round convenience and skin-friendly formulas.
Bar soaps become fiddly to use once they start to wear down, becoming gradually more hardened and slippery, and eventually leading to increased waste as slivers are often dropped, lost or thrown out before they’re finished. Hard soaps tend to leave a lot of scum and residue behind after successive uses, which can look unsightly over time if not washed away regularly. Most people also prefer to eliminate any perceived risk of cross-contamination that comes from sharing a bar soap with other users.
By contrast, liquid soap can be dispensed quickly and conveniently from a handy one-touch dispenser and leaves little or no mess behind. Although scientific testing hasn’t shown bar soaps to transfer problematic levels of bacteria between users, liquid soaps are still widely seen as the more hygienic option overall by many people in high-turnover workplaces and environments.
As previously noted, liquid hand cleaners are very often boosted by the addition of degreasing solvents, antibacterial agents or mild abrasives, making them more effective at powerfully removing stubborn or ingrained dirt.
True liquid ‘soap’ is actually fairly uncommon, as it’s relatively difficult to produce - most wholesale liquid hand soaps are technically variant forms of detergent. The detergent element in liquid hand soap blends is also called a surfactant, and it’s this essential ingredient that breaks down stubborn dirt or grease.
During scrubbing and rinsing, the surfactant helps dilute and dissolve contaminants or bacteria on the skin, making for much easier and more efficient removal than would be possible with water alone.
Liquid hand washing products are generally less skin-drying than traditional bar soaps, too. It’s easy to incorporate moisturisers and other protective additives into a liquid soap formula, meaning they don’t tend to dry, crack or irritate the hands even after prolonged and repeated use.
Liquid soap usually produces a far richer lather and feels nicer on the skin than hard soap, which in turn encourages users to wash for longer and therefore remove bacteria or contaminants more effectively.