About now (presumably) we are all out of hand sanitizer. But no worries, most medical experts encourage handwashing over hand sanitizing and most of us are sitting at home anyway. Although bar soap is okay to be shared, in a pandemic, liquid soap minimizes germ exposure more.
What makes handwashing so much better than hand sanitizing anyway?
Believe it or not, it is movement. When sanitizing, you rely on the isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol to destroy the germs and viruses - not remove them. This is why sanitizing is a good second option, but not better than soap and water. Other than to spread the sanitizer, there really isn't any "rubbing" motion during the process.
With handwashing, however, the soap doesn't kill the germs. Soap breaks down contaminants on our skin. With the friction (movement) created by the sudsing action (hopefully for 20-30 seconds), it lifts the dirt from the skin, allowing the water to wash it down the drain.
Currently, liquid soap is in high demand for reasons you already know. Some online retailers have a waitlist as far off as 2-3 months. Because liquid soap is most effective at this time, below, I will show you how to make it.
Do this to turn 1 bar of soap into ~ 30 ounces of liquid soap!
Step 1: Get Soap. It doesn't matter what kind, any bar soap works.
Step 2: Chop the soap. Chop small chunks into a heat resistant bowl.
Step 3: Bring water to a rolling boil. Approximately 4 cups will give you store-bought liquid soap feel. More = watery non-sudsy soap. Less = chunky thick slimy soap.
Step 4: Pour water over soap.
Step 5: Cover completely. Let this sit for about an hour or so.
Step 6: Whisk/Stir. If it sits longer, no need to stir. Or stir until all the soap is dissolved.
Step 7: Funnel into bottle(s). One bar fills about 4 of these bottles!
That's it! I hope this is useful. If you can't tell, I enjoyed learning about the "cleansing of movement". If you transform your bar soap into liquid, comment below.