Time to re-think those bubbles

A photo showing the action of washing hands with soap under running water, which prompts the reader to re-think bubbles that appear from chemical cleansers

The bad bubbles

All of us love bubbles (also known as suds) when we do our cleaning, whether it’s about washing our body, washing clothes or washing the dishes. “More bubbles equals more cleaning power” is what we grew up to believe.

But the truth of the matter is that cleaning bubbles from commercial cleaners are unsafe for our health. These cleaning product manufacturers add chemicals into their cleaners to produce more bubbles. Why? Because you and I like and want to “see” the cleaning process, and the most obvious way to do this is to add the bubble effect.

These bubbles from commercial cleaners are nothing more than a performance with no substance. They just look good but do not affect the cleaning power of the cleanser! On the contrary, these chemicals (such as the dreaded SLS) are toxic for our bodies. Just look within your circle of friends and you’ll definitely find someone who has allergic reactions to commercial cleansers.

The good bubbles

The good news is that not all bubbles are bad for our health. For example, soap nuts produce saponin, a natural and effective cleaning agent that produces bubbles too – although of course, not as many bubbles as the commercial cleaners.

The main takeaway from this post is that there are bad bubbles, and there are also good bubbles. We simply need to step away from cleaners that produce bad bubbles, and look for cleaners that produce good bubbles instead.

It will take some time to get used to the reduced number of bubbles. But believe me, your skin and the earth will be grateful to you for making the switch.

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