Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing. We’ve written about the best natural cleaning products and kitchen trash cans as recommended by professionals. We’ve also rounded up the best vacuum cleaners and portable washing machines, but here we’re zeroing in on the best natural dish soaps, as reviewed on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
“I like this product. I feel like I am not washing our family’s dishes with harsh chemicals, nor do I feel like I am polluting our environment. My husband was the real test, however. He is usually skeptical of more ‘natural’ products, feeling that they do not get the job done. He also believes soap should bubble — if not, it’s not really soap in his opinion, I guess. After using this dish soap, he was pleasantly surprised! Not only did it clean our dishes well, but it had a great sudsy quality that he appreciated. This one dish soap united us over the battle of the dirty dishes — I love the more natural aspect, while living up to my husband’s soapy expectations.”
“I wanted to find the perfect soap, one that was natural, ecofriendly, and could still clean my dishes. After years of trying various products, I found this to be a rather elusive quest. But, alas, I was out of dish soap and had a sick kiddo in the house, so I couldn’t just dart to the store, so I leaned on my old friend, Amazon. By luck, I found Puracy. I thought I’d go ahead and give it a try. I am pleasantly surprised that I did. It lifts grease, dried eggs, and whatever concoctions my kids conjure up in the name of science (or cooking). Furthermore, it’s not loaded with a ton of chemicals that are quite harmful. It’s nice that a little goes a long way. You don’t have to use a whole bottle of this stuff to clean your dishes (like other natural soaps), so you’re not spending a ton more.”
“There are so many good things to say about Mrs. Meyer’s products. I love the Lemon Verbena because it smells like summertime. I’ve been using Mrs. Meyer’s products for 12 years now, and I have never been disappointed. Their dedication to creating household cleaning products that are environmentally friendly and also effective is commendable. The bottle is recyclable, the ingredients list is easily pronounced, and your dishes are going to come out in fabulous shape. Seriously, I’m a 12-year customer. You only get this kind of loyalty from creating a superior product with a good mission.”
“I have trouble with the drying effect of using dish detergents, so I was very pleased to discover I could wash dishes using Sal Suds. And I was extra pleased that while this mild detergent was easy on my hands, it was super tough on grease and dried food! Allowing baked-on foods to soak just a bit results in an easy wash using just the dishcloth. Using a little goes a long way, and it even makes suds in my hard water! Sal Suds smells fresh, and not because of added fragrance; one can slightly detect the pleasant freshness associated with fir or spruce. I bought this after reading that it was nondrying to my hands, and it was a highly recommended ingredient for a homemade ‘neem milk’ garden spray recipe that I use. The product works, and it works WELL! I love my squeaky-clean dishes.”
“This is the best ‘natural’ dish soap out there. I’m allergic to methylisothiazolinone and the preservatives in that family. Some 99 percent of dish soap contains one of these preservatives, so, if you have this allergy, finding a dish soap you can use — let alone even like — is a huge pain. When I got diagnosed, I went on a quest to find a good dish soap. It actually suds. You don’t have to use half the bottle to get a load done. It is the Schmidt’s Deodorant of dish soap: It ACTUALLY WORKS LIKE NORMAL DISH SOAP.”
“This is the first ‘green’ or ecofriendly dish soap that I have used that is actually sudsy and doesn’t need a gallon of soap to cut grease. I’m committed to using ecofriendly cleaning products in spite of the fact that they don’t have the punch of the toxic ones. I’m not going to back down because a dish soap is weak, but this isn’t and that’s really great. I can use an environmentally friendly product that also has punch.”
“I found out about Eco-Me on a blog for natural and safe products, and I wanted to try it out to wash my infant’s bottles and pacifiers. It cleans well, and I don’t have to feel bad about using harsh chemicals! The consistency of the soap is good, not too watery, and the natural sudsing lets me know that it’s working. I also like that it’s clear because does green or orange really mean cleaner dishes? I think not!”
“Been using Campsuds for almost 50 years. Have carried it with me on all my journeys. Whether Stateside or oversees, from mountain tops to deserts — never an issue. Biodegradable, cleans well, doesn’t leave a residue or soapy taste of any kind behind. I look across my gear and it’s one of the very few things I have and continue to carry with me since the first time I strapped on a backpack almost 50 years ago. Can’t say that about many products these days, so it’s worth this long-winded (but true) review. Guess you could say I highly recommend it.”
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