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safer soapNews flash: Non-antibacterial soap is the new antibacterial soap! Recent studies have shown that there’s no real difference in the effectiveness of antibacterial soap compared to regular soap. On the contrary, scientists have discovered that a key ingredient used in antibacterial soaps, triclosan, may actually kill many good germs along with the bad ones. The chemical has also been linked to many other problems—from hormone disruption to bacteria resistance. To keep your family safe and healthy, encourage them to wash regularly with non-antibacterial soaps like these:

 

Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Organic Pump Soap
Not only is this soap triclosan-free, but the majority of the ingredients are sourced globally from Fair Trade organic projects worldwide. By purchasing Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap, you will be keeping your family safely germ-free as well as supporting global communities that supply the ingredients. ($11, drbronner.com)
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The Honest Company Liquid Hand Soap
Free of dyes and synthetic fragrances, this soap is gentle on even very sensitive skin. We love all three scents—Lavender, Lemongrass, and Mandarin—and the fact that the products nix germs without using harsh chemicals. ($5, honest.com)
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Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Liquid Hand Soap in Apple
Made with plant-derived ingredients and essential oils—including aloe vera and olive oil, which make it effective on dry skin—this soap is safe for the whole family and friendly to the Earth. And the company is transparent, with all ingredients used in its products listed on its website. ($4, mrsmeyers.com)
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No Regrets Natural Hand & Body Soap
A multi-purpose soap, No Regrets is gluten- and sulfate-free and is gentle but effective enough to use on your face, body, and hands. And with ingredients including botanical extracts and aloe, it’s safe for all waterways and marine life. Bonus: You can buy large refill jugs to refill the soap bottles you already have. ($8, cleanhappens.com)
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SoapBox Elements Tea & Ginger Liquid Hand Soap
Made with only the necessary ingredients to help keep you clean, SoapBox’s products are vegan, gluten-free, and paraben-free, plus they’re made in the United States. But what we love most is that for every soap purchased, the company donates a bar of soap to someone in need—a simple act that can save a child’s life in areas where lack of hygiene contributes to the spread of disease. Each package also comes with a HopeCode so you can trace where your purchase made a difference. ($7, soapbox.com)
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