At the very basic level there is no real difference between solid soaps, liquid soaps, and shower gels with respect to the cleaning power. All types of true soap are composed of the same essential components — alkali salts of fatty acids and detergent properties. The detergent in soap, which is called a surfactant, allows oil and dirt to mix with and be washed away by water.
Liquid soaps usually contain moisturizers which is good for the skin compared to bar soaps. Which type of soaps to use depends on individual preference, skin condition and suitability.
Please refer to the following sites and books for more information about soaps.
1. Bar Soap versus Liquid Soap
2. Dr Bronner’s Magic All-One FAQs on Soaps
All Rights Reserved: Interweave Press, c1997.
1. Soothing soaps for healthy skin
Author: Sandy Maine
Publisher: Loveland, Colo. : Interweave Press, c1997.
Call No.: 668.124 MAI
All Rights Reserved: Greenwood Press, 2005.
2. Chemical composition of everyday products
Author: John Toedt
Publisher: Westport, Conn. ; London : Greenwood Press, 2005.
Call No.: R 543 TOE
All Rights Reserved: Atlantic Pub. Group, c2011.
3. The complete guide to creating oils, soaps, creams, and herbal gels for your mind and body : 101 natural body care recipes
Author: Marlene Jones
Publisher: Ocala, Fla. : Atlantic Pub. Group, c2011.
Call No.: 668.55 JON
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Posted by Mr Kweh Soon Huat, Adult and Young People’s Librarian.