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If you love to clean (and you know I do), then you will love these 14 zero waste dish soap brands. Eco-Friendly dish soap is actually one of the easiest zero waste swaps you can make whilst cleaning your home with eco-friendly or refillable cleaners that are good for you and the planet.
I always like to preface any zero waste article with a reminder that there is really no such thing as zero waste — it's more along the line of low waste! That's because achieving a zero-waste lifestyle is not that easy in a society where consumption is so rampant.
First, understand what the zero waste movement is and how you can apply the concept to your daily life.
Zero Waste Dish Soaps For a Green Clean
Time to clean like a champ! But before you jump into some of the amazing brands below you might want to take a quick look at our guides at the bottom of this post. We've broken down how making the switch to more eco soaps is better for us and the planet PLUS we provide some guidelines on what to look for when shopping for zero waste dish soap.
Plantish Future makes their Zero Waste Dish Soap Bar by hand in beautiful British Columbia. The 8oz Solid Dish Soap Bar replaces up to 3.5 plastic bottles of liquid soap. The 13oz Solid Dish Soap Brick replaces up to 5 plastic bottles of liquid dish soap! That's a lot of plastic waste!
Both options cut through grease without all the harmful chemicals, they are plant-based, free of palm oil, and scent-free so no need to worry about allergies! These dirt-busting dish soaps are highly effective thanks to their lathering capabilities and contain ingredients like coconuts to ensure effective yet safe cleaning of your dishware.
We love how simple they are to use:
- as dish soap: rub a wet cloth, sponge, or dish brush directly on the soap. scrub dishes then rinse with water
- as stain remover: rub soap on stained spots, add water and rub fabric between hands, then hand wash or launder
- The primary job of any dish soap is to cut through grease and remove oil and any other food residue.
We also love the fact that you'll get your dishes sparkling without drying out your hands in the process AND, you will be so happy about how easily they wash away food that's dried on! And when you order either of the bar soaps you can bundle certain items like a bamboo dish, a loofah, or dish brush to help you save even more money!
Review: The block soap is just as effective as liquid dish soap. It cut grease well, was not drying on the hands and I love that it can be used as multipurpose.
About Plantish Future
Plantish Future takes sustainability seriously. From production to packaging, they always choose the low-waste option, using plant-based materials that perform way better than plastic ever could, and always opting to work with local partners.
When this soap arrives at your door, it will come in upcycled or in 100% plastic-free kraft paper boxes with compostable gift wrapping such as flower paper or flower petals from the maker's backyard.
They also carry an array of other zero waste essentials like cleaning kits, reusable paper towel alternatives, and much more. The large soap bar will cost you $28 and will last 6 months.
Nellie's products are planet-friendly, simple, and honest. Three things we love here at The Eco Hub. They are all about cleaning your home naturally, I mean what's better than products that are gentle on the environment and tough on stains?
I am super excited to be one of the first to try thier new Dish Butter! This stuff really works! You don't need much water to get a really good lather going.
To get the best from this block soap, I recommend first scarping the dishes to remove all the excess food and grease. Then wet the brush to get some fluffy suds going and then wash as you normally would. Leave the brush on top of the block of soap next to your kitchen sink so you're always ready to scrub a few dishes.
The soap is lightly scented with Cedar and gives my kitchen this holiday vibe, which I love. In fact, this would make a really fantastic stocking stuffer! Just saying!
With this Dish Butter you will get 70% less water but 100% of the clean. This is no easy feat as most cleaning products we use in the home are mostly water!
One Dish Butter lasts as long as 2-3 regular-sized leading brand dish detergent bottles – keeping 3 bottles out of our waterways. It's formulated with high-performing ingredients that work even better than the leading chemical brands and it's packed in the cutest reusable ceramic container, that can be reused for just about anything!
Review: I had no issues getting a really greasy baking dish, that also smelled like garlic, clean and sparkling. For pots, pans, and glasses I was so happy with the streak-free results. For heavier stains, I left the pot soaking for 40 mins and the food just fell off. We also used this Dish Butter to clean the sink and stove top! Worked like a charm!
Nellie’s was inspired by you guessed it, Nellie! She was a real person with real values. She believed in honesty and simplicity and was going green long before the color was cool! Nellie’s is a family-owned and operated Canadian company, located in North Vancouver, BC - and has been in business for about 20 years.
Along with really great dish soap, you will find cleaning and laundry essentials, formulated without all that toxic stuff, made locally, and come in a wide variety of low-waste and reusable containers!
Elva's All Naturals zero waste dish soap is always at the top of my list. Their motto is, "people, planet, pure" — gotta love that! The "Squeak" concentrated dish soap comes in three sizes, which makes it a good option if you are trying to save money.
What really sets this soap apart is that it's safe to use on dishes and in the dishwasher. Just don't use more than a teaspoon in the dishwasher.
It's highly concentrated and made with organic Soapwort herb, also known as "mother earth's natural cleaning herb." I absolutely love how well this works. It smells so lovely, and when it comes to your cleaning routine, you don't need very much. Less is more!
This is a multi-purpose cleaner that is safe to use when camping and is 100% biodegradable and made with natural ingredients. You can even use it to wash your fruits and veggies, your car, boat, or even get rid of motor oil on your hands.
Elva's All Naturals does not produce mass quantities of their products at a time, which helps to drastically reduce waste and offer consumers fresher and more effective products. They follow Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and make their products in Canadian facilities in BC and Ontario.
Review: Want squeaky clean dishes? Then give this soap a try! It’s go a lovely light scent, that does not linger! I found the suds did a great job of cleaning without any redeposit back on dishes. It’s great for soaking off burned-on messes and it takes only a little squirt to clean a big pile of dirty dishes. A little goes a long way.
All of their products are cruelty-free and mostly vegan. They are also palm oil-free! They source and use certified organic, biodynamic, wild-crafted, and local Canadian ingredients wherever possible, with appropriate supporting documentation.
All of their packaging is made from recyclable materials or post-consumer recycled content wherever possible. The 1 Cleaner Box is made from 100% recycled content and helps to reduce 5 plastic bottles from the environment.
They offer refill options for almost all of their products, which reduces in-home waste significantly.
Want a sustainable space, that's spick and span? Then choose Elva's All Naturals. $22 for 500mil. Also, make sure to check out their zero waste laundry detergent, the best natural laundry detergent, and their INCREDIBLE all-purpose cleaner, which is one of the best natural cleaning products I have used in my home.
The Bare Home's zero Waste dish soap bar is the bomb! Have you used block soap before? It's so good and made with plant-powered suds like saponified olive oil, and coconut oil, and infused with sweet orange and grapefruit oils to give off a beautiful, fresh scent.
It's so simple to use. All you have to do is wet the zero waste dish brush and then rub the block with it gently in a circular motion to create the suds, then wash and rinse!
So easy. All of The Bare Home's products are vegan, cruelty-free, and contain no palm oil. They are also free from all the nasties like preservatives, parabens, sulfates, and fragrances.
All of The Bare Home's cleaning essentials come in refillable options. By using refillable products in your home, you're contributing to the elimination of single-use plastics. Refilling with one three-liter box replaces six bottles going to landfill.
From online reviewer: “What could be better than a dish soap that is eco friendly and has packaging that looks good enough to leave on my countertop? Plus it does a great job cleaning my dishes and smells good! I will definitely purchase again.”
About The Bare Home
This female-owned business prides itself on sustainable living while at the same time offering one of the best zero waste cleaning products on the market. Make sure you sign up for their Nest Reward Program. Once you create an account you start earning rewards! They also offer really great kits and bundles if you are looking for a great eco-gift idea or simply getting started on this eco journey.
The Unscented Company offers two really fantastic products for all your cleaning needs. First up: their zero waste dish soap tabs, which are made with a super-concentrated plant and mineral-based formula. With these eco-designed dish tabs, you are getting three in one! A pre-soaking, cleaning, and rinsing super agent that will leave your dishes and glasses sparkling!
I have love-hate with natural dishwasher tabs because most of them don't work! That's not the case with these. They are tough on grease and biodegradable. In fact, they're made in a water-soluble pouch, made of PVA. The tabs are free of fragrance, dye, phosphates, and chlorine, and they come in 100% recycled packaging.
The Unscented Co.'s sustainable soap keeps your dishes and our waterways clean. It's also gentle on your hands, which is an added benefit for me because, well, my hands are so dry they're like prunes! Like all of their products, the bulk dishwasher tabs and the zero waste soap refills are both great for saving money and reducing plastic in the home.
All of The Unscented Co's refill options keep thousands of plastic bottles from ending up in landfills. Plus, their products are animal-friendly, vegan, and cruelty-free.
Review: This stuff works, there is no doubt about that! Both the bottled soap and dish tabs do a great job at cutting grease whilst keeping your hands soft. I did enjoy using the dish soap, lots of long-lasting suds for a quick and though clean-up!
About The Unscented Co.
The Unscented Co. is also certified by B Corp, which means it meets the highest standards when it comes to environmental performance and public transparency.
They do this by working with small, local, family-run businesses and by developing close relationships with their suppliers to enhance the local community. In fact, 84.5% of their purchases come from privately owned Canadian businesses.
They evaluate every supplier they work with to make sure they align with their values when it comes to Product & Sustainability, Environment, Workers, and Governance.
Savonnerie des Diligences makes zero waste dish soap inspired by European and South American zero waste products. I love this branding and the names of their products. The dish soap is called “Cake Vaisselle” and is unscented and made with EWG-safe ingredients.
It comes in a mason jar, but right now they are only selling the refill, which comes in compostable packages. When it arrives, simply transfer the ingredients to a mason jar.
This soap looks like a block of cake and lasts a really long time. It's so easy to use: you just rub a wet sponge or cloth on it until it lathers, then wash as usual. It's super concentrated and can be used for tough stains on pyrex and even to clean your oven. As they say, "a true little miracle for your kitchen cleanliness!"
Savonnerie des Diligences is based in Quebec and has been in the green cleaning space since 2005. They also make shampoo bars and even zero waste deodorant. Marie-Eve Lejour, the founder, offers a range of products that are biodegradable, natural, septic-safe, cruelty-free, and palm-oil-free.
Whenever she can, she sources organic and GMO-free ingredients. Some of their products do contain sustainably sourced beeswax.
If you are looking for a vegan zero waste dish soap, this is it. They actually stopped making liquid soap of any kind to cut back on all the plastic packaging.
From online reviewer: “I have been using it for awhile and I really love how this soap performs. I tried other brands but this is the best so far! Foams really well and washes off completely in both warm and cold water without any film like most of soaps do. Highly recommended.”
About Savonnerie des Diligence
Marie-Eve and her dedicated employees work diligently to ensure sustainability is taken into account at every stage from production to packaging.
Their Shea butter is fairtrade and they work with a co-op in Cape Town for their hemp oil and seaweed. They are currently also looking to collaborate with Loop Store, which offers 300 items, from ice cream to mouthwash, all in reusable packaging. After using the items, customers put the empty containers in a Loop tote on their doorstep.
Glorious Life Soap makes eco dish soap that is toxic-free, vegan, and all-natural. It's made with simple and effective ingredients like castor, coconut, and sunflower oil, and then infused with sweet orange essential oils.
It bubbles and suds to get your dishes clean and sparkling. And it comes sans all the plastic packaging.
Founder Andrea was searching for greener alternatives to common items we use in the home and could not find any she loved, so she created her own line of zero waste home and body care items that are palm-oil- and gluten-free; vegan; and free of synthetic dyes, fragrances, perfumes, paraben, SLS, synthetic preservative, silicone, and hardening agents.
Instead, she uses botanicals, essential oils, and vegetable oils. The result is an impressive lineup of simple products that are safe for you and your family.
From Online Reviewer: “I’m so glad I finally decided to try a solid dish soap!! This very much exceeded my expectations. It actually lathers quite well (I’ve heard that some solid dish soaps fall short in that category), and although the scent is very mild, it’s pleasantly crisp, clean and fresh – it is wonderfully apparent that it is NATURALLY scented, and that’s a MUST for these types of products in my home. (I went from being someone obsessed with Air Fresheners and Scentsy, to literally banishing everything that wasn’t scented using 100% natural ingredients lol) Very happy with ALL my purchases, will be a returning customer for sure!!!”
About Glorious Life Soap
Andrea personally creates each and every product by hand, from scratch. She formulates the recipes, crafts the soap, and cuts and wraps each bar.
Andrea says "the thrill of the business doesn’t come from the “cha-ching” of the sale, but rather knowing that I have been able to help someone make a healthier, more eco-friendly choice to replace some of the synthetic, chemical-based products that may have lined their shelves". $14.20 for 11oz.
Ditch the plastic and go for this zero waste, eco-friendly, vegan, and organic solid dish soap bar. Scented with essential oils and made with 4 simple ingredients like castor seed oil, this is great for cutting grease.
Janelle and Zac are the lovely duo behind the brand. They are nature lovers who are on a mission to help eliminate single-use plastic. Their business is a true testament to that.
When your items arrive they will come in seed paper that you can plant.
Bestowed Essentials is a female-veteran-owned social enterprise that creates eco-friendly home goods for you & living wage jobs for people of all abilities.
The handmade Castile dish soap bar uses the power of sea salt, french green clay, and natural oils to lather and cut grease — it's going to get the dirtiest of dishes sparkling clean!
Each and every ingredient is sourced carefully and responsibly with full transparency and zero B.S.! You will not find any parabens, coloring, fragrances, sulfates, or artificial preservatives here.
From online reviewer: “I have tried two other bar dish soaps before this one, and it is definitely the best. Cuts through grease a lot better, suds up, and doesn’t leave any kind of film.”
About Bestowed Essentials
Callee the founder created this brand because she could not find zero waste vegan products that aligned with her values. All of her products are packed either naked or with as little packaging as possible.
When you order from them, they will collect and recycle 1lb of beach garbage through their partnership with Ocean Blue Project. Oh, and they also handmake all of their products with energy from renewable solar power.
One word sums up etee...GREENOVTION! If you have not tried etee's zero waste dish soaps you are missing out! They offer two to choose from, our top choice has to be the biodegradable dish soap that comes in a beeswax pod. I mean how did they even think of this?
The beeswax pods are filled with a concentrated formula made with super-hero and 100% plant-based ingredients. Oh, and they leave out all the stuff we are trying to avoid. Looking at you foaming agents, synthetic fragrances, phthalates, sulfates, parabens, and formaldehyde.
Each 40 mL pod makes 400 mL of dish cleanser just as easy to use as any mainstream product.
It's very easy to use. You simply cut the top off the pod, squeeze the soap into a jar, and then add water. It's obviously not vegan, but they do use USDA-certified beeswax! If you have a backyard compost bin the Pod can go in. But check with your local municipality as I live in Toronto and I am unable to put any type of beeswax into my green bin.
If the pod is not your vibe, they do carry a soap bar that is vegan and made with mostly USDA organic-certified ingredients.
Review: I was both shocked and surprised by how well the dish soap in the pods work. I am obsessed actually, not only by the sheer innovation, but also just how well the soap works. It did take a few tries to get the mixture perfect! My best advice is to shake it well and then leave it to sit for an hour before you use it, just for the first time. You can also reduce the amount of water you add to the jar. Don’t be alarmed if the soap doesn’t get as sudsy as you’d expect, that’s because there is no SLS. Try not to get the pods wet before you use them and keep them away from heat. Y
If you come to The Eco Hub often, you know how much we looooove etee. You can find them in our guides on refillable cleaning products, zero waste laundry detergent, and zero waste hand soap. etee designs and makes every single one of the products, giving them complete control over thier supply chain. Even thier factory is powered by renewable energy. They are a 100% plastic-free company!
There is nothing I love more than dish soap that can actually cut through the grease and grim of my daily cooking… did I mention that I’m a CLEAN FREAK so I’m a sucker for a good product.
The added bonus here of course is that Mint is all-natural and biodegradable and I love that it comes in a refillable bottle, you can order the recyclable refill pouches or buy a 4L refill jug.
One of my favorite features of this dish soap is that it comes in a glass bottle, it comes in a 16oz which I think is the perfect size especially if you have it sitting on your countertop. As for the smell, Mint is infused with citrus and mint essential oils which make for really great-smelling dish soap!
As for the rest of the ingredients, Mint has carefully used items like coco-betaine which helps create the lather or soap if you will when combined with water.
There is also sodium (c14-16) olefin sulfonate which aids in lifting dirt and other particles from the surface of your pots and pans. You can rest assured that this product is safe, not only will it clean your cooking tools but it's gentle on your hands.
The dish soap isn’t the only thing you will love from Mint, they also have all-purpose cleaners, all-natural fabric softeners, glass cleaners, floor wash, cleaning scrub, and hand soap.
Review: Love the packaging, love the branding and loved how shiny my dishes were when they came out of the wash! Full transparency…I don’t like the smell of peppermint but I was SO pleasantly surprised by the subtleness and effectiveness of this dish soap. It’s so sudsy and overall I found this products budget-friendly and easy to use. Highly recommend.
About Mint Cleaning Products
Maybe I’m biased because we live in Canada, but I sure do love Mint is out of Ucluelet, British Columbia, on top of that Canadian pride, it’s a female-founded company. Robyn and Monika have worked hard to create a safe and eco-friendly product that you can feel confident in especially if you’re cleaning with little ones around.
12. DIY Zero Waste Dish Soap
This is one of the easiest recipes to make. It's made from vegetable oils like coconut, jojoba, and olive oil.
Castile soap is great for all surfaces and this large bottle will last me at least 6 months I can make so many things from it, here are 5 recipes using Castille soap!
- 1½ cup filtered water
- 1 cup unscented pure castile soap
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 12 drops of grapefruit essential oils
- Add water, and castile soap to a large mixing bowl.
- Next add in baking soda, coconut oil, and your favorite essential oils!
- Use a whisk and very gently mix the solution so that baking soda is dissolved and everything is well combined.
- Pour into a container with a good pump. You can even reuse what you have at home.
Last 6 months, store in a cool, dark place.
Why make the switch to zero waste dish soap?
The bottom line is: that there are so many ways that you can reduce plastic in your home, and the kitchen is a really great place to start. Keep in mind that many cleaning companies use greenwashing tactics to fool us into thinking the item is natural, that's why the above criteria matter.
You might be asking yourself: is the cost worth it? I think yes, for sure. Not only do block soaps last so much longer, but you also tend to use only what you need, which is not always the case with liquid soap, (we all tend to use way too much of it!).
And consider this: liquid soap goes into high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic bottles, which are made from virgin fossil fuels. Even though you can recycle this type of plastic, the rates are super low, so they're likely to just end up in the landfill.
Then there is the volume of water in most liquid soaps, which makes it heavier and more expensive to ship. According to McGill, "the carbon footprint of liquid soap is about 25% greater than that of bar soap."
Choosing a good zero waste soap brand can be tricky, Here's what to look for:
It's simple! I want brands that are not using synthetic, petroleum-based ingredients, or any of these 14 ingredients to avoid in cleaning products!
Good ingredients: Ingredients are super important when it comes to green cleaning products. We look for brands that use simple, yet effective cleaning ingredients that we can pronounce. We steer away from synthetic fragrances, SLS, ammonia, bleach, etc.
Vegan: We favor products that have ZERO animal ingredients or derivatives. Certifications include Leaping Bunny, PETA, and Choose Cruelty-Free.
Cruelty-free: We do not support brands that test their products on animals. We also consult the ingredients list for materials derived from animals.
We do feature brands and products that use things like, beeswax, but we always make sure it is done as ethically as possible. If this is something you are concerned about, we make note of which products are vegan-friendly and which are not.
Palm oil-free: Palm oil is a difficult topic, it's complicated and never as simple as black and white. We do feature some brands that use RSPO-certified palm oil, and we will let you know which ones do.
Sustainably sourced: We also consider ethical sourcing practices. This refers to how the materials and ingredients used in their products are made, under what conditions, and where they are produced.
Better packaging: Packaging is a huge deal when it comes to eco-friendly cleaning products because we are drowning our oceans and ecosystems in plastics – the preferred material for packaging of all sorts.
In terms of packaging options, we prefer products that come in compostable or reusable packaging wherever possible. Recyclable packaging is fine too, where it will actually be recycled.
Septic-safe: We do our very best to feature cleaning and laundry products that are septic safe. These products are usually natural and biodegradable, and they will properly break down within the tank without affecting the bacteria. One of the biggest culprits for endangering Septic Systems are household and cleaning products
A final word on zero waste dish soap
If you are interested we've got a ton of other cleaning essentials you might love:
Zero Waste Laundry Detergent, eco-friendly fabric softener, biodegradable laundry detergent, refillable cleaning products, eco-friendly cleaning products, natural laundry detergent, and much more in our green cleaning section.
What kind of dish soap do you use? Do you have a favorite brand? Drop a note below.
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