Does Soap Kill the Coronavirus

Does Natural Soap Kill the Coronavirus?

Wondering if your soap matters for coronavirus?

Us, too. So, we dug into the data to find out and share with you. While we are all still dealing with (and learning to live with) Covid-19, there are many life changes that we are navigating. It can feel overwhelming. The good news is that there continues to be strong evidence that the simple act of washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap will kill the virus if you’ve touched it. In fact, according to the CDC, "There is currently no evidence that consumer antiseptic wash products (also known as antibacterial soaps) are any more effective at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water. In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients could do more harm than good in the long-term and more research is needed."

According to the CDC, soap doesn’t have to be antibacterial to kill the Coronavirus. The lipid membrane around the virus can be broken down easily. Additionally, once you’ve washed your hands there’s no need to follow with hand sanitizer. Save the sanitizer for when you don’t have access to soap and water, like grocery shopping.

According to the CDC, natural soap will kill the Coronavirus.

You don't need any disinfectant or antibacterial products when washing your hands to kill the virus that causes Covid-19. The lipid membrane around the virus, also called the "envelope", makes it among the easiest virus' to kill. The important part: washing for 20 seconds.

Want to see more on the CDC Sources?

FDA Hand Washing Data

CDC Hand Washing Guide



Written by Rachel Blackwood

Rachel is co-owner of Gaia Natural Home. She's a certified Health & Wellness Coach and is passionate about coaching families making the transition to green living. You're most likely to find her at home with her family, cooking and hosting friends. She's a wife, mom to two great kids and splits her time between Dallas, TX and the Mountains in CO.

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