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Washing your hands throughout the day is always a must, but in order to protect yourself from all of the germs out there, you need to make sure you're using the best soap you can possibly use.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading public health institution in the United States, recommends that everyone should use both soap and water to clean your hands, because the surfactants in soap lift microbes from skin. Your CDC-approved hand-washing procedure should include lathering up your hands with soap, scrubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds, rinsing your hands under clean running water, and drying your hands either using a dry towel or you can air-dry them.
Below, we've rounded up our favorite antibacterial soap options that are available online.
How to Wash Soap
How To Wash's signature scents include Ocean Air, Lavender Fields, Fresh Lemon and Fragrance Free, and are all free of sulfates, parabens, SLS, SES, added dyes and are not tested on animals. Plus How to Wash's packaging features a step-by-step guide adopted from the World Health Organization to show users how to properly wash hands, stop the spread of germs and keep everyone healthy.
Aromavita Oregano Oil Soap
This Amazon's Choice product has over 200 five-star reviews and has pure oregano oil, which has antibiotic properties. The powerful soap is non-GMO, vegan-friendly, and cruelty-free.
Remedy Tree Tree Oil Soap
The antibacterial and antifungal soap contains tea tree oil, which is a potent natural bacteria and fungus killer. This gel is made from botanical tea tree oils, eucalyptus oils and peppermint oils along with aloe and mint to soothe your skin. The Remedy cleanser is also well-loved on Amazon—it has over 1,000 five-star reviews.
Cucina Coriander and Olive Tree Liquid Hand Soap
This liquid hand soap is phosphate-free, biodegradable and has a delicate coriander seed and olive wood scent. Cold-pressed olive oil acts as the base of the natural hand cleaner, which is packaged in a recycled bottle.
Derma-nu Antibacterial Soap
Help combat germs with this Derma-nu blend of tea tree, mint, menthol, wintergreen, and eucalyptus oils. It doesn't contain any synthetic fragrances, dyes, and parabens, along with being cruelty-free.
Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Liquid Hand Soap - Lemon Verbena
This beloved brand makes cruelty-free hand soaps with thoughtfully chosen ingredients, which means there's no parabens, phthalates or artificial colors to be found in the product. The soap contains aloe vera and olive oil, along with a fresh lemon verbena scent.
Puracy Natural Liquid Hand Soap
Hydrate and cleanse your skin at the same time with the help of this doctor-formulated soap. It's fortified with Vitamin E, sea salt, and aloe vera, accompanied by a lavender and vanilla scent from pure essential oils.
Softsoap Antibacterial Liquid Hand Soap
Lather up with the beloved brand we all know well, Softsoap. The company's antibacterial hand cleanser is available in two scents: fresh citrus and crisp clean.
Everyone Hand Soap
This amazing cleanser has over 600 five-star reviews on Amazon. The hand soap is made with gentle coconut cleansers, organic plant extracts, vitamins E and B5, and pure essential oils for an all-natural, non-synthetic scent. It's available in a variety of different scents, including lavender and coconut, apricot and vanilla, spearmint and lemon, and more.
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—Originally published Mar. 6, 2020, at 4:39 p.m. PT