Non Toxic Hand Soap

Bottle of non toxic hand soap from The Home Farm, placed in front of a house plant.

Hand soap should be a source of peace of mind. If you’re washing your hands, you should know that means that you’re cleansing away all the toxins and grime that you could accumulate throughout the day. But what happens if even the soap has concerning ingredients? And what if you wash your hands so frequently that your skin can get cracked and dry, meaning that those concerning ingredients could have a VIP entrance into your skin? That’s when it becomes important to prioritize non toxic hand soaps with pure, natural ingredients.

We’ve compiled some of our favorites below.

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What is Non Toxic Hand Soap? What Makes it Non Toxic?

A non toxic hand soap is made completely of natural ingredients, and it is free of any synthetic chemicals that could potentially have adverse health effects. They are also usually not tested on animals, and they are typically hypoallergenic. These are also a good way to go if you have sensitive skin. 

You’ll also see on the list that there are non toxic soaps that avoid plastic waste with innovative solutions like dissolving a pill in water to create soap in a reusable jar.

The Best Non Toxic Hand Soap: How We Chose

We looked for:

  • Creative approaches for reducing waste
  • Natural ingredients
  • Certifications
  • Cruelty-free brands
  • Plant-based ingredients
  • Aroma and quality
  • Vegan-friendly

Our Picks

All featured products are chosen at the discretion of the author and DGHQ editors. However, Do Good HQ may make a small affiliate commission if you click through and make a purchase.

1. Dr. Bronner’s Organic Sugar Soap

Dr. Bronner’s Organic Sugar Soap bottle in orange with a black pump
CertificationsFair for Life, EWG Verified, Not Animal Tested, Non-GMO, Certified Vegan, OTCO, USDA Organic
Scent(s) AvailablePeppermint, Unscented, Lavender, Tea Tree, Lemongrass
FormNon toxic liquid hand soap
IngredientsOrganic Sucrose, Tocopherol, Organic White Grape Juice, Citric Acid, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Palm Kernel Oil, Organic Spearmint Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Peppermint Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Shikakai Powder, Organic Hemp Seed Oil

Dr. Bronner’s is a trusted brand when it comes to vegan, non-GMO, cruelty-free, organic products, and this soap is no exception. We love this soap for how gentle it is, and its subtle but delicious scent.

The name of this Dr. Bronner’s soap comes from the star ingredient: organic sugar, which gives it a soft caramel color and a sweet scent.


Use this as a hand soap, or even as shampoo or body wash (if you dilute it as instructed). We love to see all the certifications that Dr. Bronners boasts and it really seems like a company that practices what it preaches.

Things to Consider

If you really like this soap, then you can purchase a half gallon and thus reduce waste.

2. Blueland Hand Soap Duos

Two Non Toxic Blueland Hand Soap bottles placed next to three packets of Blueland tablets.
CertificationsCradle to Cradle
Scent(s) AvailableIris Agave, Perrine Lemon, Lavender Eucalyptus
FormTablets and reusable bottles
IngredientsCitric Acid, Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Coco-sulfate, Sodium Citrate, Algin, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Fragrance, Coconut Acid, Glutamic Acid, Monosodium Citrate

This Non toxic foaming hand soap has a neat feature that is designed to reduce plastic use. Instead of using one bottle of liquid soap and then throwing it away, you get two reusable bottles, and you then “make” the soap. You place a small soap disk inside the bottle, fill it with water, give it a shake, and you have healthy, gentle soap for your hands. 


We respect the methods used to make the soap and reduce plastic waste. Especially if your family goes through a lot of hand soap, then the plastic waste can really add up.

Things to Consider

We do want to note that while there are many potentially harmful ingredients left out of this soap, they don’t have all the same certifications as other soaps on the list. If you have especially sensitive skin or are looking for soap with completely natural ingredients, then this might not be your top pick.

3. Citrus Blend Aromatic Hand & Body Wash

Citrus Blend Aromatic Non Toxic Hand & Body Wash in an amber bottle with a black topper from Evolve Organic Beauty
CertificationsCertified COSMOS organic, Vegan, Cruelty-free
Scent(s) AvailableIris Agave, Perrine Lemon, Lavender Eucalyptus
IngredientsAqua (Water), Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Piper Nigrum (Black Pepper) Fruit Oil*, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil*, Juniperus Communis (Juniper Berry) Fruit Oil*, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil*, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Seed Oil*, Lauryl Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Coco-Glucoside, Citric Acid, Levulinic Acid, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Phytate, Sodium Benzoate, d-Limonene, Linalol. *Ingredients from Organic farming

The Evolve Organic Beauty soap uses natural ingredients to cleanse and moisturize your skin without disrupting your skin’s natural pH levels or disrupting the skin barrier. 


Their ingredient list was very intriguing to us because, along with cleansing agents, it also includes oils and aloe. The smell is also delectable: fresh, natural, and gentle.

Things to Consider

If you try this soap and you like the way it works, then consider using it as a body wash as well. It can keep you clean- and fresh-smelling without drying out your skin.

4. Home Farm Hand Soap

Home Farm Non Toxic Hand Soap in a clear bottle laying on top of eucalyptus leaves
CertificationsVegan, low waste, cruelty-free, 100% non-toxic
Scent(s) AvailablePeppermint
IngredientsSaponified Oils* (Coconut, Olive and Jojoba), Peppermint Essential Oil, Cornmint Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Rosemary Extract, Cedarwood Essential Oil, Aloe Vera*. *Certified Organic

Moisturize your hands while you cleanse them with this non toxic hand soap. Due to the oil in the formula, the soap creates a nice, creamy lather.


This is an all-natural, old-school soap with a thick consistency that feels great as you use it.

Things to Consider

This soap has a slightly stronger scent, so you might want to give it a sniff before committing to it as your soap of choice to make sure you like it.

5. Gentle Unscented Castile Soap

Unscented Castile Hand Soap in a clear bottle with a label picturing olives on a branch
CertificationsOregon Tilth certified organic, EWG Verified, Cruelty-free
Scent(s) AvailableUnscented
FormLiquid/ oil
IngredientsGentle Unscented Castile Soap made from Organic Cocoa Butter, High in Organic Olive Oil, Kukui Nut Oil and Organic Coconut Oil.

If you were hoping to see a Castile soap on this list, your time has arrived! You can use Castile soap on many surfaces and on the body. Instead of animal fat, it uses plant-based oils. This particular version primarily uses coconut oil, olive oil, and nut oil.


Castile soap is vegan-friendly, biodegradable, and non-toxic. We chose this brand of Castile soap because of its high-quality ingredients and the slight natural olive oil smell.

Things to Consider

If you have acne-prone skin, then you might want to avoid using this product on your face. The oil can clog pores. But if you have dry hair or dry skin, then this could be a very beneficial product to add to your hygiene routine.

Which is the Best Non Toxic Hand Soap for Your Needs?

Maybe you’re an animal lover, or maybe you just have very sensitive skin, and you want a gentle cleanse from your soap. Regardless of your reasoning, these non-toxic hand soaps get the job done while also smelling wonderful. 

Leave these soaps out for guests, or use them consistently with you and your family. And if you want more product recommendations, check out our website, where we offer ideas for products and brands that “do good!”

Feature image via Zero Waste Store

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