The Best Eco-Friendly Dish Soaps for the Planet and Your Dishes
There's nothing like a sparkling clean home to make you feel good and settled after a long day or week. But there's no denying that the kitchen can get grimy pretty fast, with stacks of dirty dishes that seem to appear magically overnight. Now that most of us are eating at home more often, we are definitely putting those plates, glassware, and utensils to good use, and our kitchens are likely showing a little extra use around the edges.
When you're washing dishes day after day, it's important to take a look at the environmental impact of the soap you're using. Harsh chemicals and additives, along with excessive plastic packaging, can cause more harm than good. That's where a nice smelling, high-quality, and eco-friendly dish soap comes in handy. You can still have sparkling dishes and a wonderfully scented kitchen without negatively impacting the environment. Once upon a time, the best eco-friendly dish soaps weren't admired for their cleaning capabilities, but today, a lot has changed. The world of non-toxic dish soaps is improving every year. Today, they're better than ever.
If you're looking for a new eco-friendly dish soap to keep in your kitchen, here are 10 of the best ones you can buy right now:
Seventh Generation Liquid Dish Soap
Seventh Generation is a leader in natural cleaning products, for good reason. "I've been most happy with this brand's ability to not only adequately clean dishes, but also to do so without having to use excess of the product," says Kelly Jones, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN. It is certified vegan, certified bio-based (meaning the ingredients come from renewable sources), and meets the EPA's safer product standards.
Buy it: $20; amazon.com
ECOS Non-Toxic Dishmate Hypoallergenic Dish Soap in Almond
Along with featuring a lovely almond scent, this dish soap is made with gentle biodegradable ingredients. "One difference is ECOS products are certified kosher and with over 4 stars on Amazon via over 5,000 reviews, it's a good bet for cleaning your dishes well, too," Jones says.
Buy it: $7 (for two); amazon.com
Honest Dish Soap in Grapefruit Grove
Honest, the brand founded by actress and businesswoman Jessica Alba for natural baby products, has successfully expanded into cleaning products as well. "Their plant-based dish soaps are certified bio-based and made with aloe leaf juice, known to soothe the skin, which is a bonus for anyone spending a lot of time scrubbing dishes and dealing with dryness as a result," says Jones. This grapefruit scent is refreshing, too.
Buy it: $4; honest.com
Ecover Zero Dishsoap
This dish soap is fragrance-free, and its new formula claims to be even tougher on grease, while still maintaining standards to protect the environment with plant-based ingredients and a cruelty-free supply chain. "The bottles are also made with recycled plastic and Plantplastic and their proprietary plant-sourced plastic made from sugarcane," says Jones.
Buy it: $18; amazon.com
Public Goods Dish Soap in Mandarin Basil
"Upgrade your kitchen with this simple, minimalist packaging and say goodbye to any harsh preservatives, synthetic dyes, and foaming agents that are often found in conventional products," says Ilyse Schapiro MS, RD, CDN. Public Goods dish soap is made from natural ingredients and essential oils like coconut extracts, citrus, and sea salts. Plus, all Public Goods products are sustainable, cruelty-free, biodegradable, and plant-based.
Buy it: $5; publicgoods.com
Mrs. Meyers Lemon Verbena Dish Soap
"Mrs. Meyers cruelty-free and biodegradable dish soap contains plant-derived ingredients and essential oils to make grease, grime, and stubborn baked-on food disappear," says Schapiro. With thoughtfully chosen ingredients and recyclable packaging, this product will make your dishes clean and smell as fresh as a garden.
Buy it: $4; target.com
Common Good Dish Soap
"Common Good's dish soap is made from a plant-based, concentrated formula that cuts through a sink-full of dirty dishes and can even wash germs from fruits and vegetables," says Schapiro. You only need a few drops at a time to get your dishes sparkling clean and it's scented with 100 percent pure essential oils. "This brand is certified cruelty-free and contains no sulfates, no parabens, and no phthalates too," she says.
Buy it: $9; commongoodandco.com
Puracy Natural Dish Soap in Green Tea & Lime
Puracy Dish Soap is a plant-powered, hypoallergenic, and baby-safe cleanser that is good for your family and the environment. "This coconut-based product can be used on pots and pans, wood cutting boards, and even to wash your hands. Best of all, the original hand-drawn artwork on these bottles helps support local artists," says Schapiro.
Buy it: $7; amazon.com
TriNova Natural Organic Dish Soap
This eco-friendly dish soap has tons of 5-star reviews on Amazon and is known for really getting out tough grease and rough spots on your plates and utensils. Using pure essential oils like lavender and jasmine, you'll leave the sink smelling great.
Buy it: $17 (for two); amazon.com
Babyganics Foaming Dish Soap for Travel
If you're on the go with your tot a lot, this eco-friendly dish soap is perfect for getting grime out of your baby bottles. According to the 5-star reviewers on Amazon, the bottles won't leak in your bags and a little goes a long way, so you can have enough dish soap per bottle to last you through a vacation, even if you're cleaning several times a day.
Buy it: $13 (for three); amazon.com