Introduction to Foam Soap


Bar soapBasically, there are three types of cleaning medium in the market; bar soaps, liquid soaps, and foam soaps. Bar soaps started to become outdated when liquid soaps were first introduced. Especially in public places, as many people use the same bar soap, it can be subject to some questions by means of hygiene. Secondly, the tray, which the soap is put in, should be kept dry to prevent unnecessary melting, which is almost impossible.

So, liquid soaps were a good alternative. It can be stored in a closed box or container and thanks to a pump, people can use without touching the soap inside. Furthermore, as it does not interact with water and due to its chemical state, it does not melt like bar ones.

However, there are some disadvantages such as;
Liquid Soap

  1. Unlike the bar soaps, liquid ones do not dissolve completely from your hands. If you try to dissolve thoroughly, you need to consume too much water unnecessarily
  2. To obtain the viscosity, there are some chemicals added, which increases the costs
  3. Psychologically, people do not think that squeezing the pump once will not provide enough amount of soap so they attempt to press the pump more, usually three to four times
  4. It does not produce enough latter quickly like bar soaps, which people expect to satisfy themselves psychologically and feel that they clean their hands
  5. As people press the pump many times, they run out of the soap quicker than expected. Furthermore, when they put some soap into their palms and put their hands under water, most of the soap slips with the water
  6. Besides the competition, producers attempt to decrease their costs to offer at more affordable prices and sell more due to the reasons listed under items 3-4-5 above resulting in decrease in the cleaning functionality of the soap itself

That’s where the foam soap comes into play. It offers some advantages over using liquid soap. For instance;
Washing Hands

  • Unlike liquid soaps, as the lather comes ready and at just enough amount, psychologically people satisfy with the foam itself and do not attempt to press the pump more than once.
  • Foam soap dispensers dispense approximately 0.5 gr of foam while liquid soap pumps discharge between 2 gr. and 3 gr. So, foam is 4 to 6 times more economical than liquid soaps. As mentioned above, people attempt to press liquid soap pumps usually 3 to 4 times, which results in consumption of approximately 6 to 8 gr.
  • Decreases the water consumption. Because, in a foam soap, the pump injects air to liquid to produce the lather. As the lather comes ready, people do not scrub their hands under water to make it bubble up. Secondly, while rinsing, unlike liquid soaps, foam soap easily dissolves under water. According to a study conducted by Strategic Research Partners, water consumption decreased by %10 when foam soap is used in day-to-day hand washing activities. (2014 Strategic Research Partners – Hand Soap Water Usage Study)
  • Because it comes as a ready foam, it is dispersed more evenly than liquid soaps.
  • Unlike foam soap, liquid soaps leave residue in hands, washbasins, and sewages. Because of this residue, you need to use another detergent to clean the washbasins. Also, this residue can result in clogging in the sewages.
  • Unlike liquid soaps, foam does not drip. When liquid soaps drip on a carpet, you need to work out more to clean and remove it from the carpet. If it drips on tiles, then it becomes dangerous as it leads to slipping
  • Because chemicals are not needed to thicken the soap (the lather is produced by adding air) foam soaps biodegrade more easily, protecting the natural environment.

Why iFoam ?

ifoam-logo-smalliFoam is different and superior than its rivals, because;

  • it can be used for washing hands and body, even for washing dishes, glasses, etc.
  • it has a complete herbal formula
  • it does not contain “TRICLOSAN or TRICLOCARBAN”, which is a chemical substance used in antibacterial detergents. Researches shown that using triclosan does not make any difference to make the detergents antibacterial or antimicrobial. In fact, it has been observed that it wastes the environment and also cause alterations in the hormonal activities of human body. By the beginning of 2017, triclosan will be banned in Canada and all companies have been asked to modify their formula to remove triclosan from their products.
  • it passes the “OIL TEST”.

What is “Oil Test” ?

Oil test is conducted to prove the cleaning performance of foam soaps. To conduct this test, you should put your hands into a dish full of oil such as olive oil. When you take your hands out, oil must drip from your fingers. When you scrub your hands with iFoam and wash it with cold water, it completely cleans your hands and dissolve completely leaving no residues.