Utensil-cleaning products are formulations in powder, bar, paste or liquid form, containing a cleansing agent like synthetic detergent, soap, SLS, etc., along with powdered, mildly abrasive materials (optional in case of liquid). These are used primarily for cleaning of utensils and crockery, and secondarily for kitchen shelf and basin or even cooker tops, etc., where cleansing is affected by the combined action of detergency and scrubbing.
Two of the most popular forms of soaps used to clean utensils are bars and liquids. Utensil bars, as the name suggests are bars of soap that can be used only with a scrubber to clean the utensils and make the job tough. Utensil cleaning liquids on the other hand come in liquid form and are considered easier to use and convenient.
If you are confused about whether you need to use bar soap or a liquid washer to clean utensils, then you need to know the pros and cons of both the options before deciding.
Pros of Bar Soaps
Bar soaps are more economical than liquid soaps as they are priced way below the price of the liquid soaps.
When using a bar soap, it is less likely that you will use more quantity than needed as you can stop anytime and put the bar away. In contrast, many people pour the liquid soap more generously and end up wasting it.
There is more variety of bar soaps available in the market as compared to liquid utensils soaps because producing the latter is costlier and the sales are often too low.
In a country like India where changing perception is quite hard, people prefer bar soaps over liquid soaps just because they are used to the former.
Cons of Bar Soaps
A big drawback of bar soaps is the presence of bacteria if the soap is not stored properly.
Bar soap also turns mushy after some time which leads to a mess and unnecessary wastage.
The pH of bar soaps is higher than liquid utensil soaps, so they are more harmful to your skin.
Pros of Liquid Utensil Soaps
A big advantage of liquid utensil soaps over bar soaps is that there is no exchange of germs which is highly probable when using the latter.
The process of washing dishes with liquid utensil soaps is less time consuming than using bar soap.
A liquid utensil soap will never get mushy because it’s already in liquid form.
The lather generated by liquid utensil soaps is richer than bar soaps.
People with sensitive skin will benefit from using liquid utensil soaps because it has a less harmful effect on the skin as compared to bar soaps because of the low pH levels.
Cons of Liquid Utensil Soaps
The cost of liquid utensil soaps is quite high as compared to bar soaps. It’s because the manufacturer has to pay for added packaging materials like pump dispenser, bottle, etc.
The use of added plastic for packaging means that you will be harming the environment indirectly.
Two Handed Operations
It’s hard to use liquid utensil soaps without using both hands which reduces the chances of multitasking.
There is less variety of liquid utensil soaps available in the market as compared to soap bars which makes it difficult to access anywhere.
In essence, it can be said that both liquid utensil soaps and bar soaps have their advantages and disadvantages. The one you should use depends on your preference, budget and utensil cleaning needs.