Mar 11, 2011
While browsing through Dial Hand Soap trying to decide which product to buy it became obvious that there is more to it than simply choosing a scent you like. There are antibacterial, hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, foaming soaps, and ‘kitchen use’ soaps – to name a few. But what do all of these mean, why might someone want foaming soap over standard liquid soap? What is the difference between antibacterial and antimicrobial? Continue reading to discover the soapy scoop!
Foaming Hand Soap – Dial Foaming Soap quickly gives your hands a rich lather compared to regular liquid hand soap. The secret to foaming hand soap is that most dispensers have two chambers: one with air and one with the soap. The soap foams up as it is dispensed because the air and soap are released through the same small spout – instantly making the soap foamy. Some people prefer the foam soap because liquid soap is easy to accidentally rinse down the drain before getting a good lather.
Antimicrobial Soap – Soap that is advertised as antimicrobial will kill micro-organisms that are typically found on the skin. However, strictly speaking anti-microbial soap might eliminate some common bacteria, but does not have as broad of a range against bacteria as an antibacterial soap.
Antibacterial Soap – Antibacterial soap on the other hand, is both antimicrobial and antibacterial. Antibacterial soap is generally more powerful than a soap that is advertised only as antimicrobial. A Dial antibacterial soap may help prevent germs from spreading, including the flu virus.
Hypoallergenic – Hypoallergenic hand soaps are gentler on skin and lack harsher ingredients that other soaps may contain. In general, hypoallergenic soaps avoid fragrances and coloring which can irritate sensitive skin, and use natural oils that soothe skin. Dial Soap for Sensitive Skin has a formula that combines the power of an antibacterial soap with the gentleness of a hypoallergenic soap.
Kitchen Use – You might occasionally see the word “Kitchen” in a soap product’s description or name. Soaps advertised for use in kitchens like Dial Complete Kitchen Antibacterial Foaming Soap generally have stronger antibacterial qualities that are aimed at killing E-coli and salmonella, more commonly found in kitchens, in addition to common bacteria.
Dial hand soap carries a wide variety of hand soaps for any handwashing needs you may have. Being informed about the different types of handsoaps hopefully will allow you to make more fitted decisions when making a purchase.