Viruses can be active outside the body for hours and even days. Alcohol-based liquids, gels, wipes, gels, and disinfectants containing alcohol are all helpful getting rid of them – but they are not quite as good as normal soap

Soap vs Hand Sanitizer

No matter where you live, you have probably run into shortages of anything alcohol-related given the current COVID19 pandemic.  Using a hand sanitizer has almost become an obsession for many.  We have previously written on the less than ideal effects that high percentage jellied alcohol has upon the skin.

Recently, an article was written in THE GUARDIAN by Dr. Paul Thordarson, a professor of Chemistry at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.   He explained why soap and water are actually more effective than repeated doses of alcohol. Soap has been proven to work better on several viruses, including the Sars-CoV2 virus, the present coronavirus, and many others.

I can hear my dear departed Grandmother saying “I told you so”.   But how and why is this so?

According to Dr. Thordarson, because the virus is a self-building nanoparticle, its’ lipid (fat) layer is the weakest link.  Soap actually can dissolve the fat membrane and cause the virus to fall apart because its supporting structure has been destroyed. Picture the virus as a building and the soap as the wrecking ball. When you wash your hands, you stop the virus dead in its tracks.

Soap is made from fat and contains fatty substances, called amphiphiles, which are similar in structure to the lipids or fat in the virus membrane.  The membrane is made up of 3 parts – RNA acid, proteins, and lipids.  Soap can break the chemical bond holding these 3 components together.

The Real Power of Goat Milk Soap

But that’s not all!  Goat Milk Soap specifically contains alpha-hydroxy acid, which is well known for removing the “glue” that holds dead skin cells together.  AH Acid loosens the skin cells the virus has attached to, as well as loosening the hold the virus has directly on the skin. As it was explained to me by a fellow chemist.  Picture the virus as a piece of Velcro and your skin as the opposing piece.  They must be pulled apart and the virus holds on tight.   Go Goat Milk!

Alpha-hydroxy acid is one of the reasons your skin feels so soft after bathing.  It has loosened the dead skin cells allowing softer, youthful skin to appear.  It is the most natural, gentle form of exfoliation around without using harsh abrasives, salt & sugar scrubs or loofahs!

Adding Essential Oils to Give More Power to Goat Milk Soaps

We like stacking the deck against skin intruders, so we created an entire line of essential oil soaps known for their anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and last but not least ANTI-VIRAL benefits.  Based on their essential oil chemistry constituents (terpenes, phenols, etc.)  these soaps are particularly good at breaking down the virus and further compliment the action of the lipids in the soap.

To protect your skin, the soaps with the highest anti-viral benefit include those made with the following essential oils.

This is simply a list of those essential oil goat milk soaps, they are not listed in order of strength.

  1. Lavender
  2. Lemongrass
  3. Peppermint
  4. Tea Tree
  5. Patchouli
  6. Eucalyptus
  7. Spearmint
  8. Clove Bud
  9. Rosemary
  10. Basil

Even once Covid19 crisis is over, it is worth remembering that viruses stick to multiple surfaces and attach to your skin quickly and easily.  Human skin is an ideal home for any virus. So appreciate that lowly bar of soap and its power to protect you!