When it comes to the healthiest hand soaps, antibacterial isn’t the way to go. Turns out the plainer the soap, the better.
The entire world’s received a crash course in the importance of hand washing this year. If you didn’t know it before, you’ve heard a lot about hand washing. It’s easily one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of germs to others.
What Makes a Healthy Hand Soap?
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there’s no evidence for antibacterial soaps. In short, they are any better than plain soap and water for preventing illness. Also, triclosan – a common ingredient in antibacterial soap – may not be safe for daily use. In fact, it and may even contribute to antibiotic resistance.
Along with triclosan, you’ll also want to avoid products that contain harsh chemicals. Keep an eye out for things like synthetic fragrances, which can cause dryness and irritation, especially with frequent use.
You need to keep your hands clean and healthy. To help, I’ve rounded up 5 of the healthiest hand soaps on the market.
1. Sally B’s Skin Yummies Foaming Hand Soap, Unscented
Sally B’s Skin Yummies Foaming Unscented Hand Soap tops the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Skin Deep® cosmetic database. It’s EWG VERIFIED™. Which means it’s free from any of the EWG’s chemicals of concern and meets their standards for transparency and health.
It’s all natural and contains oils that naturally soothe and moisturize the skin, including coconut, olive, and jojoba seed oils.
2. ATTITUDE Little Leaves Hand Soap, Vanilla & Pear
ATTITUDE Little Leaves Hand Soap, Vanilla & Pear is marketed as a children’s soap. But it smells so dreamy you’ll want to use it yourself.
It’s EWG VERIFIED™ and contains plant-based ingredients like morning seed extract and blueberry leaf that cleanse and soothe hands.
Did I mention the scent? Because the hint of vanilla and pear is divine!
3. Be Green Lemongrass Hand & Body Soap
Be Green Lemongrass Hand & Body Soap is as versatile as it is healthy! Its light and refreshing scent appeals to everybody and the soap does double duty as a hand and body soap.
It’s made of organic vegetable oils that won’t dry out the skin, and pure plant-derived essential oils – in this case fragrant lemongrass oil.
4. Everyone Hand Soap, Lavender Coconut
Everyone Hand Soap, Lavender and Coconut is also EWG VERIFIED™. But its also made it onto numerous “best of” lists thanks to glowing user reviews.
Everyone ismMade from – you guessed it – plant extracts and pure essential oils. This soap is the bee’s knees when it comes to keeping sensitive skin moisturized, even with frequent use.
As for the scent, lavender is believed to have a calming effect. And the lavender/coconut combo is a nice treat for the nose without being overpowering.
5. Method Gel Hand Soap, Sweet Water
Method Gel Hand Soap (yes, the same brand you find at Target) is plant-derived. It’s also free of petroleum, formaldehyde, alcohol, parabens, and nut oils and extracts.
It contains vitamin E, which has proven skin benefits. It may also be a good option for people with skin disorders, like eczema.
The fact that it’s very affordable and accessible is icing on the cake.
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Adrienne Santos-Longhurst is a freelance health and lifestyle writer that has written for Healthline, Medical News Today and Verily Magazine just to name a few.