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Effects of Hand Soap, Detergent and Dishwashing Soap on Bacterial Microbiome, Sebum and pH of Skin

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Investigation on the effects of different types of soap (hand soap, detergent and dishwashing soap) on our skin was done to test the effects of different soaps on the density of bacteria commonly found on our skin and how sebum [1] and pH are affected by the microfauna. The research question was “Is it healthy to use laundry detergent or dish soap instead of hand soap/body foam to wash our hands? How does washing hands with different types of soap affect your skin—specifically its bacterial microbiome, sebum and pH?” Experimental results found that dish soap was the most effective in killing Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria, while laundry soap was the most effective in killing Bacillus subtilis; Hand soap B removes the least sebum and that dish soap has the pH closest to skin pH. Dish soap is the healthiest soap to wash our hands with by the criteria we have studied.

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Palaniappan, K., Karin, L., Shridharan, M. (2021). Effects of Hand Soap, Detergent and Dishwashing Soap on Bacterial Microbiome, Sebum and pH of Skin. In: Guo, H., Ren, H., Kim, N. (eds) IRC-SET 2020. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-9472-4_15

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