It’s OK, soap is not one of the most environmentally damaging things in your household.
In fact, many experts say that soap itself is a minor issue for the planet because it degrades into harmless chemicals very easily.
However, that’s not to say all soap is sustainable.
The addition of certain chemicals or a poor approach to packaging (and therefore waste) means that many soaps are not “sustainable”.
These dish soap brands are sustainable and we think you’re going to love them.
Our Best Sustainable Dish Soap Brands
The easiest way to know what goes into your soap is to make your own, using a soap making kit or following a clever recipe like these milk soaps ideas.
But if that’s not possible then these sustainable dish soap brands are the next best thing.
Puracy Natural Dish Soap
We love Puracy’s soap because it’s very affordable and it’s made in the USA (Texas, to be precise).
The end product is made of plants, cruelty-free and uses a refillable dispenser to minimize waste and it’s kind to your skin and your dishes.
Earth Friendly Products ECOS Dishmate Hypoallergenic Dish Soap
This excellent soap from ECOS is completely biodegradable and contains a very small number of ingredients and it’s surprisingly affordable for an eco-friendly brand.
The company operates out of California and is run and owned by a female majority!
Better Life Dish Soap
If you don’t mind buying in bulk, Better Life Dish Soap is incredible value for money and it’s certified by Leaping Bunny for a very high standard in cruelty-free business practices.
However, be warned, while the bulk buy is good value – this soap will spoil if it’s kept around for too long, so make sure you’re going to use what you buy in a sensible time frame.
No Tox Life Dishwashing Block Soap
Bars are better for the planet, when it comes to soap, than liquids and this No Tox Life product is much lighter than the equivalent volume of liquid and thus, costs less to transport and produces fewer emissions.
The ingredients are very gentle and completely vegan.
The packaging is also 100% recycled paper.
Dr. Bronner’s – Pure-Castile Liquid Soap
There may be no dish soap on the market with as many positive certifications from eco-friendly organizations as this one from Dr. Bronner’s.
Their company is completely family-owned and run and they’ve been making environmentally friendly and socially aware products for a long time.
This is good soap.
Etee – Dish Soap Concentrate
Etee’s Dish Soap looks to eliminate the water for better transport mileage but still provides a liquid detergent that many of us prefer to a soap bar.
The company is based in Toronto, Canada and they’re zero waste specialists and their dish soap packaging can be reused and eventually composted when it reaches end of life.
Bestowed Essentials Zero Waste Dish Soap Bar
With only 6 ingredients the Bestowed Essentials Soap Bar is, by far, the simplest formula on our list but it does a great job of cutting through grease and dirt all the same.
It’s also highly concentrated and one small 12 ounce bar should last you a very long time, indeed.
Cassia Organics Vegan Dish Soap Bar
The packaging is gorgeous but still zero waste and the soap smells fantastic and is entirely vegan and cruelty-free.
One thing we really like about Cassia Organics is that they recently eliminated the use of palm oil in their soap (palm oil has a very high social cost associated with it).
Final Thoughts On Sustainable Dish Soap Brands
Soap itself doesn’t carry a huge impact on the planet, because it breaks up in the environment before it causes damage.
What makes a sustainable dish soap brand sustainable is the absence of chemical additives, a zero waste or low waste approach to packaging and a focus on sustainability. None of our picks for the very best sustainable dish soap brands will let you down.
If you enjoyed learning about sustainable dish soaps, you might also enjoy learning why it’s a great idea to make your own candles. Check it out!
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