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20 Toxic Hand Soaps You'd Better Avoid

When buying hand soaps, people are often attracted to the packaging and scent. However, many beautifully designed hand sanitizers often contain toxic substances that are harmful to the human body. Let's take a look at these poisonous hand soaps. 

1. Dial Hand Soap In White Tea & Vitamin E Pearls

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You can’t get anything healthier than white tea and vitamin E! However, this product also contains Fragrance and DMDM Hydantoin (a formaldehyde-releasing agent that is a possible carcinogen).

2. Jason Purifying Tea Tree Hand Soap

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Don't be fooled by the tea tree and Pro-Vitamin B5 that is written on the front of the bottle! Do be sure to check the ingredient list when you see a product's name contains any therapeutic essential oil. Fragrances are the ingredients we need to avoid, and it is at the top of this product's list of ingredients.

3. Bath & Body Works Fresh Picked Honeycrisp Apple Antibacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap

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Looking at the picture of an apple farm, you can almost taste the juicy, crisp apples. Can't wait to wash your hands with this lovely product, right? This hand soap is actually rated 10 out of 10 on the Think Dirty's toxicity scale. It contains perfume, triclosan (an endocrine disruptor that can lead to impaired muscle function, infertility, and antibiotic resistance), and at least seven other known irritants and allergens. 

4. Bath & Body Works Gingered Peach Deep Cleansing Hand Soap

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We wonder why this hand soap highlights "deep cleansing" when it includes a huge no-no list of ingredients, including Fragrance, Parfum, Propylparaben (endocrine disruptors), and Diazolidinyl Urea (a formaldehyde-releasing agent). In this case, I would say no to Bath & Body Works' version of deep cleansing. 

5. Jergens Lotion Enriched Cream Hand Soap

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Jergens' cream soap surprisingly has no Fragrance on the ingredient list. However, it's still more toxic than any other product on our list because it contains propylparaben and DMDM Hydantoin. The former causes breast tumors, while the latter releases formaldehyde. 

6. Bath & Body Works Apricot Mango Gentle Foaming Hand Soap

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Bath & Body Works just loves these fruity scents. It seems the company is determined to use Fragrance and Parfum to reproduce the smell of fruits, no matter how harmful they are. Time to choose between being healthy and smelling good. 

7. Bath & Body Works Endless Weekend Gentle Foaming Hand Soap

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Who doesn't want an endless weekend in Santorini, just like this bottle suggests? However, your chance of surviving a Bath & Body Works' weekend is pretty low. The product contains Fragrance and irritants, such as Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate and Triethylene Glycol. Additionally, expectant mothers should avoid the product since it includes Triethylene Glycol.  

8. Jason Lavender Hand Soap

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It's a good thing that Jason promises not to use parabens or other toxic ingredients. Sadly, this product contains other harmful components, such as Retinyl Palmitate (a stimulant that increases sunlight sensitivity) and Hydroxycitronellal (a respiratory and skin irritant). If you only want to have a scent of lavender, maybe just use an essential oil.

9. Softsoap Rich Shea Butter Moisturizing Liquid Hand Soap

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When thinking about a natural moisturizer, shea butter always comes to mind first. Adding shea butter to hand soap is definitely a good choice. The only problem is that Fragrance and DMDM Hydantoin are also found in this Softsoap product. 

10. Bath & Body Works White Citrus Deep Cleansing Hand Soap

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Be patient! We have a bunch of Bath & Body Works products on our list. This white citrus hand wash again contains our "good old" Fragrance and BHT.

11. Dial Seasonal Winter Frost Liquid Hand Soap with Moisturizer

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The picture of hand soap alone can give people a refreshing wintery feel. However, it's better to keep your festive cheer far away from this "seasonal" Fragrance, which also contains DMDM Hydantoin.

12. Nature's Gate Liquid Hand Soap In Oatmeal

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What you see may not be true. The words "nature" and "vegan" make everything seem organic and healthy. On the contrary, this Nature's Gate product includes Fragrance, plus Phenoxyethanol, and Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, which have irritating effects and contain possible neurotoxins.

13. Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap In Kitchen Lemon

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Kitchen Lemon sounds classic and you wouldn’t think you could go wrong. However, Bath & Body Works' product contains known irritants such as Fragrance, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, and pregnancy-unfriendly Triethylene Glycol. 

14. Eski Biochem Hand Sanitizer

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Simply decorated hand sanitizers may look safer than other brightly colored ones. However, this Mexican company's hand soap is not 100 percent safe. It contains methanol and may be harmful to the skin if misused. 

15. Dial Antibacterial Liquid Hand Soap In Spring Water

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You would think this product is as pure as "spring water," just like it states. To our surprise, it is not pure at all. It contains Fragrance, Triclocarban (a hormone disruptor that can cause infertility, thyroid problems, and impaired muscle function), and BHT.

16. Source Aloe Vera Moisturizing Hand Soap

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We find aloe vera in skincare products all the time, and would naturally assume that whatever products containing such a natural ingredient must be good. This one is an exception, for it includes not only aloe but also Fragrance and DMDM Hydantoin.

17. Equate Liquid Hand Soap With Milk & Honey

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Milk and honey may sound mild enough even for a baby, but this one contains other irritants, such as Fragrance and DMDM Hydantoin. Our suggestion is that if you must buy this hand soap, please stay away from babies.

18. Method Pink Grapefruit Hand Soap

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The Method's hand soap looks simple and safe to use, but don't forget it includes Fragrance and other skin and respiratory irritants, such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.

19. Yardley Liquid Hand Soap In Oatmeal & Almond

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Nutrient-rich oatmeal and almond may soften your hands and lift your mood, but this Yardley product may not. It contains loads of known irritants, including Fragrance, Triclosan, DMDM Hydantoin, and Lauramide DEA (possible carcinogen). 

20. Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Gentle Foaming Hand Soap

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Let's wrap up with Bath & Body Works. This hand soap with the scent of Japanese cherry blossom may sound tantalizing, but its Fragrance and Parfum will knock you out of your Japanese dream. 

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