I feel like Green Soap is a thing of the past. Something that tattoo artist hold onto but should of stopped using it years ago. Companies still sell it and make money from tattoo artist using it. It won’t go away if someone is making a buck from it. Times are changing and we have more information. The more information artist get the better decisions they make. Now when I look at Green Soap I wonder why is it still being used. It actually causes problems for the tattoo artist. I appreciate that Green Soap is earth friendly and biodegradable. I love the smell of green soap and it has anti-bacterial properties. I read that is works against MRSA. For these reasons I would use green soap, but not during a tattoo. If you don’t have any allergic reactions to the Lavender then you could use it to clean your tattoos. It has bennifets but let me explain the problems.
Green Soap contains 30% Alcohol. You want to use alcohol when preparing the area for a tattoo. It kills things and works great as a degreaser. People have been using green soap to clean and sanitize the area before tattooing. You think that would work but here is the problem. Green Soap only contains 30% alcohol. I’ve been reading that anything less then 50% alcohol isn’t effective against killing bacteria. On top of this the Green Soap is usually diluted by the tattoo artist. This knocks the alcohol percentage down even further. Pretty much all you have done is clean the area with soap. That is a good thing but you should fallow that up with an application of 70% alcohol or hand sanitizer containing alcohol. Alcohol also removes your stencil while your tattooing. If your having a hard time keeping your stencil on this is the reason. The stencil is ink and alcohol removes ink. Just for fun google how to remove ink from your clothes. The answer will be alcohol. After you prepare the area for the tattoo you should not use any more alcohol on the tattoo. It will dry out the skin and irratate your clients skin.
Ask yourself this question. Do you ever see a doctor stop during a surgery and spray down an area with alcohol? The answer is NO. The area is prepared before the doctor starts the surgery. Tattoo artist spray down the area they are tattooing with Green Soap several times during the tattoo. Why would you do this? It is irratating the skin and causing unneccissary irritation. If you need to remove excess ink and lubericate the clients skin try using a soap and distilled water mixture without alcohol. Lubericate the skin by applying some body butter. Alcohol dries the skin out, but a ointment will keep things moist.
Tattoo shops everywhere smelled like green soap. It was part of the tattoo experience. We are always talking about not using ointments with fragrance. Why would you use lavender on a tattoo if it has such a strong smell? I like using it because the smell has a calming effect. I want to make Green Soap smelling candles and put them everywhere. There is a chance that someone could have an allergic reaction to lavender. Practice what you preach. Don’t tell someone not to use stuff with fragrance and then turn around and use it on them while you are tattooing. The best things to use on a tattoo are items that don’t have a lot of things to cause allergic reactions. If in doubt you could always use distilled water to clean the area while tattooing.
They used Green Soap to clean equipment. This is not the case any more. We have some nasty bugs now that can survive bleach. If something can survive bleach it can live in a bath of mild, dilluted, earth friendly soap. Use a Germicidal solution instead of green soap. Also use disposable equipment. This way you don’t have to mess with washing tubes and tips.
What to use instead? You can clean a tattoo with distilled water. Try using a little ointment if you are having a hard time removing excess ink. Prevent excess ink on the skin by dabbing off the excess ink from the tip before touching the skin. This way you won’t have as much to get off the skin. You can use a soap and water mix. Try to find a liquid soap that doesn’t have fragrance. Mix enough soap in the water to give the water a slick feel when you spray it on the towl. Too much soap will be really slippery. I prefer to use less then more.