The pandemic has disrupted the ways we work and cohabitate and even clean. And although dish soap isn’t actually the best alternative for hand soap, it does have an important role in keeping utensils and plates clean, especially during a time when most folks are eating at home more than usual. And while we’ve written about lots of soap before — including soaps for babies, one writer’s favorite dish soap, and bar soap — here, we’ve rounded up the best natural dish soaps, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
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Best-rated natural dish soap
Most dish soaps contain harsh chemical detergents, and while, yes, those do effectively clean your pots and pans, they can also irritate your skin. One customer says that this Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap doesn’t leave her hands “cracked, peeling and itchy,” but it does actually clean her dishes, which is more than she can say for most other “natural or natural-ish” dish soaps. With Mrs. Meyer’s, she no longer has “to be crazy diligent about wearing gloves.” She loves the scent, too. According to another reviewer, “it smells like summertime.” If that’s not appealing to you, the soap also comes in Basil and Honeysuckle fragrances. But the soap isn’t just good-smelling, it also cleans effectively. “Holy cow,” begins one reviewer who uses this soap on his greasiest frying pans, and was surprised to learn that it’s all natural. “There is just no cleaner feeling. Your magical liquid has brought harmony to our household,” he concludes.
Best-rated (less expensive) natural dish soap
As with Mrs Meyer’s, reviewers like that this soap is made without harsh chemicals and won’t dry out or irritate your hands. And they say that doesn’t stop it from cleaning. According to one customer, the real benefit is that this subtly-scented soap doesn’t leave an “overpowering” detergent smell or fragrance on everything. One reviewer does warn that this soap “doesn’t suds up as much as others,” but, she says, that’s not the true mark of a good cleaner anyway.
Best fragrance- and dye-free natural dish soap
The ultrasensitive buyers of this group specifically wanted fragrance- and dye-free natural soap. As one customer puts it, “Our world is filled with chemicals and chemical smells and more and more and enough is enough.” He steps down off of his (dish)soap box for a second, though, to let us know that this soap does “bubble plenty and works very well.” One woman who is allergic to most dish soaps says this is the first she hasn’t reacted to. “For people sensitive to fragrances, this is the best dish soap,” she says. Plus, “it does a great job at getting the dishes clean,” according to her.
Best preservative-free dish soap
Not all natural dish soaps are preservative-free, which poses a problem for those allergic to preservatives. Like this woman, who is allergic to methylisothiazolinone, which, she says, is in 99 percent of dish soaps. But not this soap, which “actually suds” and doesn’t require “half a bottle to get a load done.” Another reviewer is allergic to “artificial fragrance and isothiazolinone preservatives” and searched for years to find a dish soap that didn’t irritate her and “actually gets things CLEAN.” This is the first she’s found that does both, and it “doesn’t leave a weird film or bad taste on the dishes,” she says. “It smells fantastic, foams nicely, and is a great deal.”
Best sulfate-free natural dish soap
Sulfates are the agents that cause soap to foam, but they can irritate sensitive skin, which is why reviewers with dry skin and eczema alike appreciate this sulfate-free soap from Better Life. “Before I realized that certain very pricey name brand dish soaps turned my hands into granny hands, I was paying a lot more for soap that was bad for my skin,” begins one reviewer who has tried many natural dish soaps but says this is the only one that doesn’t irritate her hands. Plus, “it takes off grease, found that many of them don’t do that well.” Many other customers say that you don’t sacrifice efficacy for this soap’s natural ingredients. One such reviewer assures others that this soap cleans well, saying, “I can literally hear my fingers squawking as they glide across my ever so clean dishes. This soap has a light, clean scent.” And over two dozen other five-star reviewers appreciate this soap’s pleasant “light minty aroma,” including one who has scent sensitivities but says Better Life “smells wonderful” and “does not make me ill.”
Best natural dish soap for grease
“I don’t have a dishwasher, I am the dishwasher, so I’m always looking for something that does most of the work for me” begins one reviewer, who includes three photos of their cleaning set up. And with this TriNova dish soap, “The dishes come out very clean. Grease dissolves instantly, and it really busts through baked on foods.” Dozens of other five-star reviewers say that this natural dish soap cuts through grease, and they appreciate that it comes with a tough scrub brush and some sponges to make the job easier. “I deeply appreciated the very nice quality of the soaps and extra utensils which came in handy for cleaning my dishes and kitchen,” says one reviewer who describes the soap as long-lasting and “highly effective on grease and grime.” And even though the cleaning implements are convenient, another reviewer assures customers that “the dish soap works great on getting dirty dishes clean, cutting through grease in seconds without a lot of scrubbing.”
Best natural dish soap for baby bottles
“As a new mom, it didn’t even occur to me to wash my daughters bottles with anything but dish soap. Why waste money on some fancy bottle soap when dish soap does the same thing? Boy was I WRONG,” says one mom. After buying Dapple, “the difference is incredible,” she says. “It removed all of the breast milk residue all off the bottle parts and was noticeably cleaner.” Another mom is also hooked and will “never go back to just using regular dish soap.”
Best travel natural dish soaps
More than half of all five-star reviewers say this soap is great for travel. According to one mom, “These are one of the best things I purchased for traveling with a baby. We used to bring 3-4 bottles with us when traveling and then we would get home and have to clean them all now we just bring 1 bottle and just do a quick clean in a bathroom sink with these when we are out and about.” Plus, she says they’re small, “so they don’t take up a lot of room” in your bag. Another reviewer likes that it doesn’t leak when you throw it in your bag, and one more says that one bottle of this soap lasts a surprisingly long time. She used it for three nights while camping through Yosemite and said one bottle was “more than enough.”
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