Tea Tree oil can be found in hand soaps that are either liquid or bar soaps.The addition of tea tree oil makes them a potent addition to the fight in effective antibacterial soaps.
The reason that a tea tree based soap product may be better than the chemical versions readily available on the supermarket shelves is because of tea tree oil being a natural substance.
You see, tea tree oil is made up of over 100 different compounds, and their interaction or "synergistic" value against germs isn't something that can be easily quantified.
Tea Tree Oil has shown itself in laboratory tests to be a powerful compound in vitro, fighting the germs that cause MRSA, infection, and substances like mold and mildew.
Maybe it works better because the germs aren't as readily able to adapt to the variety of compounds, and maybe single chemical compounds can be overcome by the adaptation of the virus, bacteria, or fungal strains to a new environment. I don't know why, all I know is that tea tree oil soaps work.
More reasons to use tea tree oil soaps
Another value to tea tree oil is it's solvent nature, It can help in the release of grease and oils that plain soap may not touch, dissolving the goop and greasy dirt while penetrating below their surface to emulsify the soils.
Some solvents that are found in detergent compounds are nothing more than industrial petroleum based solvents, some of which are known carcinogens. Tea Tree Oil is generally recognized as safe when used appropriately. If you prefer liquid hand soap and would like a tea tree oil based soap product, there are many on the market.
If you already have a favorite liquid soap and would like to experiment a little, just add a teaspoon of tea tree oil to your soap dispenser when you fill it with your liquid hand soap, be sure to either shake or stir it up thoroughly.