The Top 3 Things to Consider When Choosing a Soap for Your Facility

As every facility manager knows, most product categories in the jan/san industry offer a dizzying array options and models. Selecting the right product for your facility can be difficult, and the choice of hand soaps is no exception.

If you’ve ever had difficulty choosing between foam soap and liquid, or plain soap vs. antibacterial, this article will help. Here are four points of advice that will assist you with your next hand soap purchase.

Liquid Soap vs. Bar Soap
For public settings, liquid soap or foam soap is best. It has been found that germs frequently grow on bar soap. These germs can easily transfer from one hand washer to another, which causes significant health concerns for any facility. Liquid soap, on the other hand, doesn’t spread germs from one person to another.

Foam Soap vs. Liquid Soap

If you are like many other facility managers, foam soap may not be your first choice because of its initial cost. However, foam soap has many benefits that you may not have considered yet.

First, it may interest you to know that some facility managers choose foam soap because it’s easier on the janitorial team. Drips from foam soap are easier to clean from surfaces and floors than spills from liquid soap.

Secondly, recent research has shown that approximately 10% less water is used by hand washers that use foam soap. It has also been demonstrated that hand washers use less foam soap per wash than they do liquid soap, primarily because of foam’s exceptional lathering ability. Therefore, using foam soap can play a significant role in reducing your building’s overall costs.  

And thirdly, many building occupants prefer foam soap because it rinses quickly and it leaves less residue than liquid soap.

Plain Soap vs. Antibacterial Soap
If you think antibacterial soap is always the best way to go, think again. Although antibacterial soap is beneficial in medical and healthcare facilities, there’s little evidence supporting its value in non-healthcare settings. As a general rule, plain soap is effective at killing germs in most public settings. This is good news to most facility managers, because plain non-antibacterial soap is usually less expensive than antibacterial soap.

Green Hand Soap

If you’re in the process of implementing a Green Cleaning program, you’ll definitely want to consider some of the eco-friendly hand soaps on the market. Schools, government buildings, and other environmentally conscious facilities often incorporate green hand soap into their overall green programs. Green hand soap also benefits nursing homes, which are often occupied by people who are highly susceptible to chemicals. To ensure that a hand soap is truly “green,” look for products that are certified by Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment (DfE,) EcoLogo, or Green Seal.

From health concerns to cost reductions, the type of hand soap you choose for your facility matters! When it’s time for another order, don’t just make your choice based on what has been purchased in the past. Make an informed decision that can benefit your building’s occupants, your janitorial team, and even your facility’s bottom line!