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Foaming Soap: A Popular Choice For Washing Up

Updated on June 3, 2010

Foaming soap is a type of liquid hand cleanser that has been whisked with air to produce a foam of soapy bubbles. This type of soap is typically sold in special dispensers and was first created for institutional use. Now a popular choice for use at home, foaming soap has been made available in smaller quantities and many refreshing scents. Foaming soap is produced in many different styles and can be found at drugstores, department stores and any other store that stocks soaps and personal hygiene products.

One advantage for manufacturers of this product is that they can put less soap in the container and still charge as much or more as regular liquid soap! Their excuse is that foaming soap is easier to lather, and that the dispensers are designed to release just the right amount of soap with one pump; meaning you will use less of it with proper use.

Using foaming soap also allegedly reduces waste, since it's easy to apply; unlike liquid soap, which usually spills into the sink or down the drain. It is for this reason that foaming soap can be a more economical choice than regular soap.

Like other hand soaps, foaming soap may come formulated with antimicrobial or antibacterial properties. It also comes unscented or scented, with additional ingredients to moisturize dry skin, or other added features to make it more appealing to the consumer. Numerous people relate foaming soap with industrial use, like hospital washrooms, but many manufacturers make delightful varieties for home use which focus on natural components and yummy smells.

Warm Vanilla Sugar by Bath and Body Works smells good enough to eat!
Warm Vanilla Sugar by Bath and Body Works smells good enough to eat!

This type of soap isn't as thick as regular liquid soap, which makes the dispenser less likely to clog. If foaming soap is placed in a regular soap dispenser, an excess amount will come out, making a giant mess. Equally, regular liquid soap cannot be placed in a foaming soap dispenser, because the mechanism will become clogged, however, if you dilute it with some water it would be possible to use it in a foaming soap dispenser.

Since foaming soap is usually pressurized, you can't simply pour it from a refill jug into the dispenser. Some makers design their dispensers with throwaway cartridges that can be easily be removed and replaced when the soap runs out, while other foaming soap dispensers can only be used once. Disposable dispensers are commonly used in places where people are concerned about germs and bacteria, since keeping a fixed soap dispenser clean can be difficult.

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