Best Natural Organic Eco Friendly Dish Soaps – So Fresh and So GREEN

October 15, 2018 Connor Morgan 11 Comments

Despite nearly universal agreement that washing dishes is among the least enjoyable activities on the planet, it remains a part of daily life for most of us. This almost Sisyphean task doesn’t have to be all bad though. Even though the dirty dish monsters must eventually be faced and vanquished from our kitchens, all of us DO at least have the almighty power of selecting which dish soap to bring to the battle. The dish soap you use may seem a minor detail when it comes to washing dishes, but BELIEVE ME, the right soap can make a BIG difference not only in your own personal dish washing experience but also the impact your washing has on the planet.

Over the past few years I have made the decision to use all natural cleaning products in my home and today I want to share some of what I have found to be the best natural organic Eco friendly dish soaps (as well as some dish soaps marketed as “natural” that I would recommend avoiding). Trust me, with the right natural dish soap you will not only conquer the dirty dish demons and grime monsters lurking in your sink, but you will experience soft hands, encounter no harmful chemicals, and feel good knowing the minimal impact that your washing has on the environment.

Why Choose Natural, Organic, Eco-Friendly Soap?

Toxins

Being that our skin is semi-permeable, one of the ways by which bodies can absorb toxins is through our skin’s pores. This leeching of chemicals goes straight to our bloodstream and can have many effects on our health. Many of us are hand washing dishes regularly so it comes as no surprise that some chemicals found in the dish soap we use can leech into the body as we wash dishes.

Some of the toxins commonly found in non-organic dish washing liquid are formaldehyde, silicone, synthetic fragrances, acrylate, genetically modified organisms, preservatives, foaming agents and coloring agents. In fact phthalates and parabens found in dish soaps have been linked to reproductive disorders and cancer respectively.

Not all of these chemicals are immediately harmful to you and your health when exposure is minimal and precautions (such as rubber gloves) are taken to avoid direct contact on the skin. However, over time many of these chemicals can cause a range of harmful effects from skin irritation, dryness and itchiness to more serious allergic reactions. There are numerous chemicals that have not been studied long enough to fully understand their cumulative, long term health effects.

I am a big advocate of doing your own independent research on the specific chemicals used in your dish soap to be informed and empowered to act in your own best interest. There are a LOT of conflicting resources and articles published online regarding chemical toxicity and it can be very confusing to navigate. I recommend reading the article Deadly and Dangerous Shampoos, Toothpastes, and Detergents: Could 16,000 Studies Be Wrong About SLS? published by Dr. Mercola as a great, objective, non-biased starting point on your journey to toxicity education.

Another excellent resource for educating yourself about the ingredients and products you are using is the Environmental Working Group website. The group’s mission is to provide objective, digestible information to inform consumers about product ingredients and empower them to make safe, healthy choices with the products they purchase. For personal care products you can check out the Environmental Working Group Cosmetics Ingredients Database.

Environmental Impact

Many chemicals used in dish soaps are not necessary for “clean” dishes nor do they guarantee a better cleaning experience. Let’s also consider the fact that even when wearing gloves, the drained soap water is still being sent into the environment where it can cause harm to the soil, plants, and animals that it comes into contact with. As cited in Dr. Mecola’s article, SLS/SLES can absolutely have harmful effects on animals when directly applied in higher concentrations.

Unfortunately the chemicals used in soaps don’t just “go away” when they go down the drain. You’ve seen the effect these products have on organic materials such as food and oils on your dirty dishes so you can well imagine they are having the same effect on the organic materials they are being exposed to when drained. Many ingredients are also recent additions to the soap market and their long term environmental impact has yet to be fully understood.

Benefits of Natural/Organic Soap

When using organic dish soap you are doing both your body and the environment a huge favor. All natural soaps not only work great on fighting grime, but also they leave your hands feeling soft and smooth. Without many of the stripping agents found in synthetic soaps you are less likely to experience dryness, itchiness, or allergic reactions that are common when using synthetic, commercial soaps. In fact many natural ingredients such as olive, palm, and coconut oil actually help to moisturize your skin and have natural antibacterial properties.

With organic soap you can also feel good as you drain the sink knowing that the dishwater is safe for the environment. Many natural brands are “gray water” certified which means they can be safely drained through a natural gray water system and even used to water your plants! The natural ingredients used in these soaps are non-toxic and can safely be drained without causing damage to the plants or animals they may reach. Many companies creating these products also feature sustainable sourcing initiatives such as using 100 percent post consumer recycled packaging materials and processing.

Evaluation Criteria

To determine our top picks for the best natural, Eco friendly dish soaps we evaluated each soap in six different areas which are listed as follows:

Cost:

How expensive is the soap? How long does it last relative to the cost?

Uses:

How multi-purpose is the soap? Does its range of uses extend beyond dish washing? What are the suggested usage directions?

Ingredients:

Does the soap contain any potentially toxic or harmful ingredients? Does the soap contain any particularly beneficial ingredients?

*In this article we have identified any POTENTIALLY harmful ingredients such as SLS or preservatives with an asterisk*

Quality:

How effective is this soap for cleaning dishes? How concentrated is it and how much do you need to use for it to be effective? Does is have a pleasant fragrance? Does it leave your hands feeling dry or moisturized? Is it vegan? Biodegradable?

Packaging & Sourcing:

What types of materials are used in the soaps packaging? Is it produced responsibly? What is the environmental impact of its sourcing and packaging.

Sustainability:

Does the producer have any sustainability initiatives or programs? Is the soap manufactured using renewable resources?


Mrs. Meyers Soap – Lemon Verbana

Cost:

    • $10.99  for a 3 pack (16 fl oz, 473 ml each) when purchased on Amazon.

Uses:

    • Primarily intended for washing dishes although could be used for multi-surface cleaning.
    • According to the Mrs. Meyers website, “A squirt or two of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Liquid Dish Soap in a sink full of warm water cuts grease and keeps dishes clean and bright.”

Ingredients:

    • For a complete list of ingredients see the Product Ingredients list on the Mrs. Meyers website.
    • Free of Phthalates, Glycol Solvents, Chlorine, Formaldehyde, Artificial Colors, Parabens, Animal Derived Ingredients, MEA, DEA.
    • Ingredients are at least 97% naturally derived.
    • Contains plant derived Sodium Lauryl Sulfate*, Methylisothiazolinone* and Benzisothiazolinone*
    • “Safe synthetic fragrance ingredients”* Also includes naturally derived fragrances from essential oils.

Quality:

    • Effectively cleans dishes including those with grease and stains.
    • Highly concentrated.
    • No lingering odor or greasy residue left on dishes.
    • Bright and fresh citrus scent, but not overpowering.
    • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf helps to soothe and protect skin.
    • Vegan
    • Biodegradable
    • Safe for gray water and septic systems.
    • Neutral pH.

Packaging & Sourcing:

    • Use at least 25% post-consumer plastic in the packaging.
    • Recyclable packaging.
    • Suppliers of ingredients derived from Palm Oil are members of RSPO (Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil).
    • Not tested on animals and contains no animal derived ingredients.
    • Label Transparency

Sustainability:

    • Reduce, Refill, Recycle: Promotes large soap refill bottles and glass soap dispensers.
    • Garden Inspired Giving: Practices a wide variety of volunteer events to promote sustainability, plantings, and environment awareness.
    • Supports sustainable practices of Eco-sensitive areas throughout Asia, Africa and South America like the Brazilian rain forests.

Pros & Cons:

    • Pros: Cost effective, exceptional cleaning quality, pleasant fragrance, high concentration, doesn’t leave residue or odor on cleaned surfaces, soothes skin, safe for gray water systems, vegan, recyclable packaging, label transparency, variety of sustainable initiatives.
    • Cons: Contains potentially harmful ingredients including: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Methylisothiazolinone, and Benzisothiazolinone. Packaging isn’t derived from 100 percent post recycled materials.

Seventh Generation – Lemongrass & Clementine Zest

Cost:

    • $13.32 for a 2 pack (25 fl oz, 739 ml each) when purchased on Amazon.

Uses:

    • Primarily intended for washing dishes although could be used for multi-surface cleaning.
    • According to the Seventh Generation website, “Dispense into sink or directly onto sponge. Wash dishes and rinse thoroughly.”

Ingredients:

    • Water, sodium lauryl sulfate* (plant-derived cleaning agent), glycerin (plant-derived foam stabilizer), lauramine oxide* (plant-based cleaning agent), caprylyl/myristyl glucoside (plant-derived cleaning agent), magnesium chloride (mineral-based viscosity modifier), citric acid (plant-derived pH adjuster), and benzisothiazolinone* and methylisothiazolinone* (synthetic preservatives).
    • Fragrance with plant-based essential oils and botanical extracts: Lemongrass & Clementine Zest: Canarium luzonicum (elemi) gum nonvolatiles, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) oil, citrus nobilis (mandarin orange) peel oil, cymbopogon schoenanthus (lemongrass) oil, and tangelo oil.

Quality:

    • Effectively cuts through grease, stains, and residue.
    • Rinses cleanly and leaves no residue or odor.
    • Can mildly dry skin out but does not commonly cause irritation.
    • Pleasant citrus aroma.
    • Requires a standard amount of soap for cleaning, not concentrated.
    • Gluten-Free
    • Vegan
    • Biodegradable
    • Safe for gray water & septic systems.
    • Neutral pH.

Packaging & Sourcing:

    • Product manufactured in U.S.A.
    • USDA Certified Bio-based products (95%)

Sustainability:

    • Promotes environmental awareness and encourages reduce, reuse, recycle philosophy.
    • Climate Justice Equity Initiative: Promotes renewable energy and sustainable manufacturing processes.

Pros & Cons:

    • Pros: Cost effective, effective for cleaning grease/oils, pleasant fragrance, gray water safe, no synthetic fragrances, rinses clean with no residue or odor, vegan, gluten-free, packaging is 100 percent recycled, USDA certification, excellent models for sustainability and sourcing.
    • Cons: Contains some potentially harmful ingredients including: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Lauramine Oxide, Methylisothiazolinone, and Benzisothiazolinone. Doesn’t have many added skin moisturizers so can leave hands feeling dry.

Ecos Dishmate – Bamboo Lemon

Cost:

    • $4.46 (25 fl oz, 739 ml) when purchased on Amazon. 

Uses:

    • Primarily intended for washing dishes although could be used for multi-surface cleaning.
    • According to the Ecos website, “Put a few drops of Dishmate on a clean sponge, brush, or washing cloth after wetting. Then scrub and rinse dishes. To lift and loosen stuck-on food residue or set-in grease stains, fill pot or pan with hot water and a few drops of Dishmate. Let sit for 24 hours. Then dump water/soap mixture into the sink and wipe down the affected pot or pan. For soaking smaller dishes, fill your sink (or a very large pot) with hot water and a few drops of Dishmate. Put the affected dish into the water/soap mixture, and let soak for no more than 24 hours.”

Ingredients:

    • Water, Sodium Coco Sulfate* (plant-derived surfactant), Cocamidopropylamine Oxide* (plant-derived surfactant), Lauramine Oxide (plant-derived surfactant), Coco Betaine (plant-derived surfactant), Phenoxyethanol* (preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative), Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate (plant-derived water softener), Natural Fragrance, Citric Acid (plant-derived pH adjuster), Limonene (essential oil component), Citral (essential oil component).

Quality:

    • Adequately cleans dishes, doesn’t have exceptional grease cutting power.
    • Rinses cleanly and leaves no residue or odor.
    • Fresh uplifting citrus scent.
    • Very concentrated (company claims up to 1900 dishes per bottle).
    • Hypoallergenic. Leaves skin feeling soft and moisturized.
    • Gluten-Free
    • Vegan
    • Biodegradable
    • Safe for gray water & septic systems.
    • Neutral pH

Packaging & Sourcing:

    • Safer Choice Labeling: Developed by the United States EPA to help customers choose products safe for people and the environment. Ecos hold the highest amount of certified Safer Choice products in the U.S.
    • Product manufactured in the U.S.A.
    • Recyclable bottle manufactured using Zero-Waste guidelines.
    • Not tested on animals and contains no animal derived ingredients.
    • Label Transparency

Sustainability:

    • Clean Air, Land, Water Initiative: Company promotes an exceptional amount of sustainability initiatives including carbon neutral manufacturing and “Zero Waste Platinum” certification for ensuring 95 percent of their waste reduced, reused, or recycled.

Pros & Cons:

    • Pros: Cost effective, highly concentrated, hypoallergenic, pleasant fragrance, doesn’t leave odor or residue, safe for gray water & septic systems, vegan, gluten-free, Safer Choice certified, recyclable packaging, excellent model for sustainable practices.
    • Cons: Contains some potentially harmful ingredients including: Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropylamine Oxide, Phenoxyethanol. Not as effective on cutting grease as some other natural soaps.

Puracy Natural – Green Tea & Lime

Cost:

    • $15.99 for a 3 pack (16 fl oz, 473 ml) when purchased on Amazon.

Uses:

    • Primarily intended for washing dishes although could be used for multi-surface cleaning.
    • According to the Puracy website, “Apply a small amount of soap to a wet sponge, brush, or directly on the dirty surface; massage the surface, creating a rich lather, and whisk away grime; rinse with fresh water. For stubborn tasks, first soak the surface in a solution equivalent to 1 ounce of soap per 3 gallons of water.”

Ingredients:

    • Purified Water, Lauryl/Myristyl Glucoside (Coconut Oil-Based Cleanser), Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine (Coconut-Based Cleanser), Sodium Lauroamphoacetate (Coconut Oil-Based Cleanser), Lauramine Oxide (Coconut-Based Cleanser), Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate* (Coconut Oil-Based Cleanser), Vegetable Glycerin (Plant-Based Skin Softener), Himalayan Pink Sea Salt, Aloe Vera (Plant-Based Skin Softener), Citric Acid (Plant-Based Water Softener), Sodium Citrate (Plant-Based Water Softener), Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate (Plant-Based Cleanser), Natural Fragrance, Benzisothiazolinone* (Biodegradable Preservative)
    • NO sulfates, triclosan, parabens, phosphates, SLS, SLES, MEA, DEA, TEA, animal by-products, petrochemicals, dyes, or caustics

Quality:

    • Adequately cleans dishes, doesn’t have exceptional grease cutting power.
    • Rinses cleanly and leaves no residue or odor.
    • Concentrated (company claims up to 160 sinks full of dishes per bottle).
    • Mild but pleasant tea/lime fragrance.
    • Hypoallergenic.
    • Vegetable-based moisturizers and Himalayan Pink Sea Salt leaves hands soft and moisturized.
    • Gluten-Free
    • Vegan
    • Biodegradable
    • Safe for gray water and septic systems

Packaging & Sourcing:

    • Product manufactured in the U.S.A.
    • Not tested on animals and contains no animal derived ingredients.
    • Original hand-drawn artwork on bottles supports local artists.
    • Packaging in BPA-free, 100 percent recyclable PET(E) plastic.
    • Label Transparency

Sustainability:

    • Promote reduce, reuse, recycle initiative through packaging and refill pouches.
    • Promote and support local commerce by sourcing nearly all of their product packaging and ingredients from within the U.S.
    • Certified “Eco-Friendly Products”

Pros & Cons:

    • Pros: Concentrated formula, hypoallergenic, skin moisturizing, gluten-free, vegan, biodegradable, gray water and septic safe, pleasant fragrance, SLS/SLES free, recyclable packaging, maintain an excellent transparent natural ingredient philosophy standard and offer a full 100 percent satisfaction guarantee.
    • Cons: Not the most cost effective product, doesn’t cut grease as well as some other natural soaps, contains some potentially harmful ingredients including: Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate and Benzisothiazolinone.

Attitude – Pink Grapefruit

Cost:

    • $5.09 (23.7 fl oz, 700 ml) when purchased on Amazon.

Uses:

    • Primarily intended for washing dishes although could be used for multi-surface cleaning.
    • According to the Attitude Website, “Use 2 ml per liter of hot water, or approximately 15 ml for water in a standard sink. Not designed for automatic dishwashers. For stubborn stains, pump directly onto the surface and scrub.”
    • Safe for septic systems

Ingredients:

    • Aqua (solvent), Coco glucoside (surfactant), Myristyl glucoside (surfactant), Lauryl glucoside (surfactant), Sodium chloride (viscosity controller), Sodium gluconate (chelating agent), Sodium citrate (chelating agent).
    • EWG Verified

Quality:

    • Cleans dishes and cuts grease better than some other natural dish soaps.
    • Rinses cleanly and leaves no residue or odor.
    • Not very concentrated. Cleans adequately using the suggested ratio of 2ml soap per liter of water.
    • Uplifting fresh grapefruit scent.
    • Hypoallergenic.
    • Vegan
    • Biodegradable
    • Safe for gray water and septic systems.

Packaging & Sourcing:

    • Made in Canada
    • Recyclable bottles using HDME #2 plastic
    • Containers are made from post consumer recycled plastics.
    • Vertical integrated production process (control production from sourcing to manufacturing).
    • Not tested on animals and contains no animal derived ingredients.
    • Label Transparency

Sustainability:

    • Use renewable power sources during manufacturing.
    • Recycle thermal energy to heat warehouses and production facilities. Plant trees to compensate for gas emissions.
    • Meet biodegradability, aqua toxicity, renewable supply and end-of-life environmental criteria.
    • All products are ECOLOGO®certified.

Pros & Cons:

    • Pros: Cost effective, cleans adequately, cuts grease, pleasant fragrance, hypoallergenic, vegan, biodegradable, safe for gray water and septic systems, SLS free, EWG verified ingredients, recyclable packaging, excellent sustainability practices, EOCOLOGO certified.
    • Cons: Not as concentrated as some other natural soaps.

Better Life – Lemon Mint

Cost:

    • $42.30 for a 6 pack (22 fl oz, 651 ml each) when purchased on Amazon. 

Uses:

    • Primarily intended for washing dishes although could be used for multi-surface cleaning.
    • According to the Better Life website, “Squirt it on cookware, bakeware, cutlery, flatware, dinnerware, serveware, and other wares, except Delaware. Directions. Squirt onto your toughest, greasiest messes. Scrub. Rinse. Not for use in automatic dishwashers (trust us).”

Ingredients:

  • Purified water, Potassium cocoate, Lauryl glucoside, Caprylyl/capryl glucoside, Decyl glucoside, Glycerin (vegetable), Disodium cocoglucoside citrate, Aloe barbadensis leaf extract, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Citrus aurantium bergamia oil, Citrus medica limonum oil, Cymbopogon schoenanthus oil, Mentha piperita oil, Citrus grandis seed extract.

Quality:

    • Cleans dishes adequately including stains and grease.
    • Rinses cleanly and leaves no residue or odor.
    • Not very concentrated.
    • Pleasantly fresh mint/lemon scent that’s not overpowering.
    • Moisturizing for skin due to vitamin E and Aloe.
    • Vegan
    • Biodegradable
    • Safe for gray water and septic systems

Packaging & Sourcing:

    • Made in USA
    • Recyclable Packaging
    • Not tested on animals and contains no animal derived ingredients.
    • Label Transparency

Sustainability:

    • Packaged using solar power.

Pros & Cons:

    • Pros: Cost effective, adequate cleaning, skin moisturizing, vegan, biodegradable, doesn’t leave residues or odors after rinsing, contains no harmful or toxic ingredients, recyclable, company utilizes renewable solar energy for the packaging of its products.
    • Cons: Not very concentrated, you have to use quite a lot of soap for it to be effective. This company doesn’t have as many sustainability initiatives or quality certification as some others.

The Honest Company – Lavender Field

Cost:

    • $11.98 (24 fl oz, 709 ml) when purchased on Amazon.

Uses:

    • Primarily intended for washing dishes although could be used for multi-surface cleaning.

Ingredients:

    • Water (7732-18-5); Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine (68139-30-0); Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate (61791-42-2); Sodium Chloride (7647-14-5); Lauryl Glucoside (110615-47-9); Glycerin (56-81-5); Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate* (137-16-6); Sodium Benzoate* (532-32-1); Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (85507-69-3); Potassium Sorbate (24634-61-5); Lavandula Hybrida (Lavandin) Oil (8022-15-9); Sodium Laurate (629-25-4); Mentha Arvensis (Cornmint) Leaf Oil (90063-97-1); Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate (178949-82-1); Citric Acid (77-92-9); Linalool* (78-70-6)
    • Made without: SLS/SLES, Dyes, Parabens, Synthetic Fragrances, Phosphates, Methylisothiazolinone

Quality:

    • Cleans dishes adequately but not exceptional with stains and grease.
    • Rinses cleanly and leaves no residue or odor.
    • Not very concentrated.
    • Soothing lavender scent.
    • Aloe Leaf Juice soothes and moisturizes skin.
    • Hypoallergenic
    • Vegan
    • Septic System Safe

Packaging & Sourcing:

    • Made in USA
    • Packaging standards include elimination of certain toxic plastics, maximizing package recyclability and use of recycled materials.
    • Not tested on animals and contains no animal derived ingredients.
    • Label Transparency

Sustainability:

    • Certified EPA Safer Choice product
    • The Honest Standard includes maximizing sustainable production and manufacturing practices using renewable resources.

Pros & Cons:

    • Pros: Cost effective, cleans adequately, hypoallergenic, soothes skin, smells great, vegan, recyclable packaging, sustainable manufacturing practices, Safer Choice certified.
    • Cons: Not concentrated, contains numerous potentially harmful ingredients including Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Sodium Benzoate, and Linalool.

Yaya Maria’s – Lavender

Cost:

Uses:

    • Primarily intended for washing dishes although could be used for multi-surface cleaning.
    • According to the Yaya Maria’s website, “Pour a small amount onto a sponge and wash dishes by hand. Doubles as hand soap and all-purpose cleaner for your counter tops, sinks, floors, bathtub and much more.”

Ingredients:

    • Water, vegetable glycerin, coconut oil, potash, castor oil, and lavender essential oil.

Quality:

    • Cleans dishes adequately but not exceptional with stains and grease.
    • Rinses cleanly and leaves no residue or odor.
    • Not very concentrated, must use much more than other concentrated soaps to clean dishes.
    • Soothing lavender scent.
    • Biodegradable.
    • Vegan
    • Gluten-Free
    • Septic System and Grey-water system Safe

Packaging & Sourcing:

    • Made in the USA
    • Recyclable packaging created using recycled materials.
    • BPA free bottles.
    • Handcrafted in small batches.
    • Not tested on animals and contains no animal derived ingredients.
    • Label Transparency

Sustainability:

    • Manufactured using renewable energy.
    • Zero manufacturing sent to landfills.
    • Funds supporting children in Flint, Michigan.

Pros & Cons:

    • Pros: Cost effective, non-harmful ingredients (only 6 total!), vegan, gluten-free, gray-water &septic; safe, great scent that rinses away without residue or odor, recyclable packaging created using BPA free recycled materials, sustainable manufacturing initiatives, 30 day money back guarantee, supports children in Flint.
    • Cons: Not very concentrated.

Eco Olea – Tea Tree

Cost:

Uses:

    • Primarily intended for washing dishes although could be used for multi-surface cleaning.
    • According to the Olea Essence website, “Pour small amount on a sponge for dish cleansing or directly on the dish, rub and wash with warm water. Close the cap after each use. Perfectly washes cookware, glass, crystal dishes, silverware and even leaves your hands soft and smooth.”

Ingredients:

    • Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Water [Bio-treated, patented], Coco Glucoside, Glycerin, Decyl Glucoside, Dead Sea Salt, Caprylic/Capric Glucoside, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Xanthan Gum, Camellia Oleifera (Tea) seed extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Bud Oil.

Quality:

    • Cleans dishes adequately but not exceptional with stains and grease.
    • Rinses cleanly and leaves no residue or odor.
    • Not very concentrated.
    • Relaxing fresh tea tree/lemongrass scent.
    • Excellent hand moisturizing effects from black olive water and dead sea salt.
    • Biodegradable
    • Vegan
    • Septic System Safe

Packaging & Sourcing:

    • Not enough information to determine packaging/sourcing properties of this product.


Sustainability:

    • Practice sustainable manufacturing especially regarding water usage and maintaining a healthy water table.

Pros & Cons:

    • Pros: Excellent ingredients that are non-harmful and contain many anti-oxidants, moisturizers, and minerals for soft skin, pleasant fragrance, doesn’t leave residue or odor on dishes, biodegradable, vegan, gray water and septic system safe, company emphasizes water sustainability.
    • Cons: Expensive, not concentrated, not as effective on cutting grease as some other natural dish soaps, doesn’t have many quality certifications that other natural soap manufacturers do.

Made Of – Foaming Dish and Bottle Soap

Cost:

    • $10.00 (18 fl oz, 532.32 ml) when purchased on Amazon.

Uses:

    • Primarily intended for washing dishes although could be used for multi-surface cleaning.

Ingredients:

    • Aqua, ORGANIC Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, ORGANIC Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, ORGANIC Glycerin, ORGANIC Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, ORGANIC Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopherol, Rosemarinus officinalis (rosemary) extract.
    • Phthalate-free, Paraben-free, Sulfate Free, Bleach-free, Bacteria-free, No synthetic fragrances, No artificial ingredients

Quality:

    • Cleans dishes adequately including those with stains and grease.
    • Rinses cleanly and leaves no residue or odor.
    • Not very concentrated.
    • Relaxing mild rosemary fragrance.
    • Excellent hand moisturizing effects from Aloe, coconut oil, and GMO-free tocopherol.
    • NON-GMO
    • Vegan
    • Soy Free
    • Nut Free
    • Biodegradable
    • Safe for gray-water and septic systems.

Packaging & Sourcing:

    • Manufactured in the USA
    • NSF Organic Certified
    • Recyclable packaging
    • Not tested on animals and contains no animal derived ingredients.
    • Label Transparency

Sustainability:

    • Practice sustainable manufacturing using renewable energy and resources.
    • USDA Biopreferred

Pros & Cons:

    • Pros: Cleans effectively, non-harmful ingredients, pleasant mild fragrance, rinses clean without residue or odors, vegan, exceptional, skin soothing, label/ingredient/manufacturing transparency, recyclable packaging, excellent manufacturing practices, quality certifications.
    • Cons: Not concentrated, a little pricey.

But what does it MEAN??

When it comes to choosing the best natural organic Eco friendly dish soap it really boils down to what qualities you value the most. If safety and non-toxicicity is your top priority you may decide to go with a soap that’s a bit more expensive or a little less effective on grease but completely safe. If cleaning power is your top priority, you may decide that a soap made with SLS in combination with rubber gloves is a better option. I highly value my health and the environmental impact of the products I use. Based on the different areas of assessment for each soap here are my top picks and the soaps I would try to avoid.

Top Pick: Yaya Maria’s

Good Choices: AttitudeBetter LifeMade Of

Soaps I Recommend Avoiding:

Mrs Meyers

Seventh Generation

Ecos Dishmate

Puracy Natural

The Honest Company

Yaya Maria’s is my favorite dish soap based on the criteria established at the beginning of the article. It’s cost effective, works well, smells great, contains no harmful ingredients, and the company is one worthy of my support. The additional contenders for my favorite soap are all great as well. The soaps I suggest avoiding are primarily selected due to their ingredients. All of these soaps contain some potentially harmful ingredients that I personally would steer clear of.

I hope you found this article informative and helpful in your pursuit of the perfect dish soap for all your hand washing needs. As always, please contact me with any questions and feel free to leave comments below.

Deep Thanks,

Connor Morgan

Founder – Green Roots Lifestyle

11 People reacted on this

  1. That was an extremely thorough review of the many different dish soaps. I definitely agree that using your standard dishwasher soap is bad for the environment, your hands, and ultimately your body with long term use.

    I really liked the Lemon Mint dish soap from the Better Life website. It states that it cleans dishes well and I like a lemon smell when cleaning.

    The fact that it is made in the USA is another bonus.

    Thanks for introducing me to the benefits of this all natural dish soap.

    1. Thanks Jay, I am so happy that you found this article beneficial. I also really enjoy supporting local products which can be difficult when buying mass produced items such as dish soaps. I too am a big fan of the uplifting citrus scent for cleaning. I hope you will enjoy the many benefits of using all natural dish soaps in your home for years to come. Cheers 🙂

  2. This article is great!

    Personally, I’ve been using Seventh Generation for a little while now and really like it, but I admittedly was not aware of the potential environmental impact of some of the ingredients.

    I’m super interested in trying out Yaya Maria’s, and would love to hear from anyone else who uses it.

    Thank you for tackling an issue that I haven’t really seen covered elsewhere.

    1. Hi Luke,
      Thanks so much for your comment, I am happy that your found the article helpful. I too used Seventh Generation for years, it’s actually made in my home state (Vermont) and I went to university in the same city as it’s manufacturing hub. I am definitely a fan of many Seventh Generation products but after digging a little deeper I found it really helpful to understand the ingredients and their health/environmental implications. Yaya Maria’s is truly great and you can get in touch with other users on the Yaya Maria’s facebook page or see reviews on their website.

      Cheers 🙂

    1. Hi Ant,
      I am so happy that you are finding the site helpful. I too enjoy camping and it’s nice to have an arsenal of biodegradable products to bring along. Thanks for the feedback!
      Cheers 🙂

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