Last Updated: September 19, 2021

9 best natural hand soaps to use right now.

WRITTEN BY Grove Collaborative • 16 min read

During the past few years, the focus on hand soap has become more prevalent in households than it has in a very long time. Why? Because it’s a necessity to live a clean, healthy life. From liquid hand soap and foaming hand soap to bar soap and powdered soap, it can be confusing on the best way to get the extra protection against germs and viruses you need. Make sure you’re using the proper soap in your home by narrowing down soap qualities and ingredients that are right for you.

To begin with, you’ll want to use one of the many nontoxic hand soaps available, but one that also gets rid of germs without causing irritation like this Grove Co. Hydrating Hand Soap. If plastic-free is something you’re interested in, then you’ll want to pick the best hand soap that’s also eco-friendly like this Grove Co. Hydrating Bar Soap. Learn more about the best hand soaps from our Grove Co. members' top picks and practice good hand hygiene every day.

This list of products was determined by ratings and reviews from Grove members.

1. Mrs. Meyer's Hand Soap

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Fun fact: This garden-fresh line of Mrs. Meyer’s hand soaps was inspired by an Iowa homemaker and mother of nine kids. (Yes, we said nine.) If anyone knows how to get rid of filth and grime, it’s definitely a mother of nine. This Mrs. Meyer’s soap is a healthy-home must-have for anyone looking for cruelty-free, phthalate-free, and paraben-free soap …

12.5 Oz
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2. Grove Co. Kids Foaming Hand Soap - 3 Refills (12 FL OZ)

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A foaming hand soap concentrate for kids that creates a playful foam for soft and clean little hands. Plastic-free and crafted to be sustainably powerful for a healthy home and planet.

    Our Kids Foaming Hand Soap Concentrate is made with moisturizing aloe vera and lathers up to a full-of-fun foam when mixed with water, leaving …
12 Oz
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3. Aunt Fannie's Hand Soap

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Dermatologist-tested, pH-balanced, and hypoallergenic is what Aunt Fannie's Hand Soap is all about. Using plant-based ingredients that gently lather your hands while moisturizing, this soap leaves nothing behind but freshly washed skin scented with 100% natural essential oils. Select from four clean-smelling scents: Bright Lemon, Lavender, Mandarin …

12 oz
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4. Babo Botanicals Sensitive Baby Fragrance Free Foam Hand Soap

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Perfect for babies and also the entire family, this Babo Botanicals Sensitive Baby Fragrance Free Foam Hand Soap features a lightweight texture and is made with healthy ingredients such as New Zealand manuka essential oil, organic argan oil, shea butter, olive oil and aloe vera. It’s USDA organic, biodegradable, hypoallergenic, paraben-free, …

8 oz
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5. Mrs. Meyer's Foaming Hand Soap

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Give your family a healthy defense from the start with Mrs. Meyer's foaming hand soap. Choose from garden-inspired fragrances, including lemon verbena, watermelon, and rain water, so you can set the vibe of your house with just a simple pump. This naturally derived, paraben-free Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day foaming hand soap is made with a unique blend …

10 Oz
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6. method Gel Hand Soap Refill

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If you love your method Gel Hand Soap so much you never want to run out, load up each bathroom with a method dispenser and this 34-ounce method Gel Hand Soap Refill. This method refill saves on packaging, so you can refill your chic dispenser up to three times before getting another packet. This natural gel soap uses healthy ingredients to wash …

34 Oz
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7. Grove Co. Hydrating Hand Soap

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A hydrating gel hand soap to effectively clean and leave hands feeling soft. Plastic-free and crafted to be sustainably powerful for a healthy home and planet.

    Our Hydrating Hand Soap refill effectively cleans hands without drying the skin. Thoughtfully formulated with you and your family in mind, the …
13 Oz
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8. Grove Co. Hand Soap Sheets (40 Washes)

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Plastic-free hand soap sheets that lather up to effectively cleanse hands, leaving skin feeling soft. Sheets dissolve fully once wet, providing a practical and eco-friendly alternative to single-use plastic bottle hand soaps.

    Our Hand Soap Sheets quickly dissolve in your hands to deliver a rich lather with …

40 sheets
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9. Caldrea Hand Soap Refill

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When you’re running low on hand soap, having this Caldrea Hand Soap Refill in your home makes it super easy to refill your soap containers in a flash. This 32-ounce soap refill is biodegradable, triclosan-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, formaldehyde-free, vegan, made in the US, and Leaping Bunny–certified. When you use Caldrea …

32 Oz
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Does bath and body hand soap kill germs?

Did you know all hand soaps get rid of germs when used properly? It’s true — even though there is a little rumor that only antibacterial soaps can get rid of dirt and germs, it’s just not so. No matter what type of hand soaps you’re using, if you’re washing up like you’re supposed to (at least 20 seconds of handwashing), your soap should be removing germs. Plus, most antibacterial soaps are packed with harmful chemicals, while natural options use softer, naturally derived ingredients to help you wash away any germs and dirt.

Once you find the best liquid hand soap or bar soap for you, follow these steps for handwashing to stay your healthiest:

  • Get your hands wet in the running sink water
  • Lather your hands up with the best liquid soap you can find
  • Scrub your hands for 20 seconds straight (we’re talking in between fingers, the back of your palms — everywhere
  • Rinse your hands off with water and dry them

Is gel or foam hand soap better?

To be honest, it really depends on your own personal preference, although some people argue that gel is the best hand soap compared to foam hand soap. People who preach gel is better than foam usually believe that foaming hand soap is less effective because it comes out of its soap dispenser in a lather already, while gel liquid hand soap builds up lather as you wash your hands. Another big reason some people think the best hand soap is gel liquid soap is based on the amount of foam soap in the same size bottle as liquid soap: foam soap usually has less in each package.

On the other side, people who love foaming hand soap will say that using it instead of liquid soap will save a substantial amount of water since it already is lathered right out of its container.

Can germs live on soap?

If you didn’t know this already, germs can definitely live on soap, particularly bar soaps — you might even venture to say bar soaps are crawling with germs. Because bar soaps stay out in the open and are reused time and time again, they can serve as a stomping ground for bacteria. The soap will latch onto dirt, oil, and grease, and unless it’s cleaned off every time, it can end up staying on the soap, along with dead skin cells and other gnarly goodies.

However, bar soap cleans just as well as even the best liquid hand soaps, even though liquid hand soaps are in a container and kept away from germ contact until each use. Find out more about hand soaps of all kinds, by exploring our selection of the best hand soaps above.

What is Grove Collaborative?

At Grove, we take the guesswork out of which products are good for you and your home. Every product meets strict standards for being nontoxic, effective, sustainable, and cruelty-free. Once you find products you love, we ship to your home on a flexible, monthly schedule.

If you're ready to make the transition to natural cleaning, beauty, and household products, shop Grove Collaborative's natural products for the eco-friendly tools to tackle the job.

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