Is Bar Soap Sanitary? Misericordia University Students Put the Suds to the Test

From our showers to our sinks, it’s not out of the norm to see a bar of soap lying around here or there.

But just when you think it helps you say so long to germs, Newswatch 16 has some new sudsy scoop that could have many thinking twice on how they go about lathering up.

Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey teamed up with biology students at Misericordia University near Dallas on Wednesday.

Those biology students tested various bars of soap over the past week. They got dirty hands and washed with a bar of soap. Students then took those bars of soap and put them in different conditions such as wet, dry, heated, and non-heated environments.

Essentially, the goal was to see what would grow on the bars of soap.

What students discovered was that if you have a bar of soap and let it dry, there is almost no growth of germs (which can carry bacteria and fungus).

This study shows that if you use bars of soap and leave it in a drain dish that can collect water and keep the bar wet between uses, it can hold germs.

Your best bet? Use a soap dish that allows water to drain away from the bar of soap.

Check out the video clips for their explanations and answers to “are your suds full of crud?”

Summer Camps Coming to Misericordia University

  • “Career Exploration Camps” are for students entering 11 and 12 grades
  • Biology Camp is from June 30 to July 3
  • Chemistry-Biochemistry Sciences Camp is from June 30 to July 2
  • Communications/Media Camp is from June 30 to July 3
  • Literature Camp is from June 30 to July 3
  • Speech-Language Pathology Camp is from June 30 to July 3

Click here to learn more about the camps and enroll.

Contact Rachel Oberg at or (570) 674-8023

Groundbreaking Event on New Science Center Today at Misericordia University

Also on campus on Wednesday, April 17, Misericordia University’s community will come together to break ground around 11 a.m. for the construction of the $45 million Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Science Center. The center will be the largest academic building on the more than 124-acre campus.

The groundbreaking ceremony marks the beginning of construction on the new three-story 57,400-square-foot wing, which will take about 18 months to complete. Renovation of the existing 28,500-square-foot science hall will commence in June 2020, with completion of the entire Henry Science Center ready for the beginning of the fall 2021 semester.

The design features a 21st century model of learner-based and discovery-based teaching which requires a mix of modern laboratories, technologies, and learning spaces.

For more information about the Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Science Center at Misericordia University, please call 570-674-6333 or visit this link.


Highlights of the 85,900-square-foot Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Science Center include:

  • Laboratories: 16 teaching labs and nine research labs
  • Classrooms: nine
  • Group study rooms: two, plus nine break-out areas including a large commons on the first floor
  • Faculty offices: 23, plus one administration office and faculty workroom
  • Conference rooms: three
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