Hand soap has become an even more important household staple during the coronavirus pandemic. Hand washing these days is constant. The hand soap supply can’t always keep up.

Can dish soap step in and become a regular hand soap alternative? It’s convenient, affordable, and already waiting by the sink. The short answer is yes, dish soap can fill in temporarily when hand soap isn’t available.

However, it’s probably best not to use it long-term. Consider these dish soap cons before permanently trading your hand soap for dishwashing liquid.

4. Dish Soap Chemicals Could Be Unsafe

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There are good reasons many people wear gloves when washing dishes. It’s not just because gloves prevent pruney hands and can save your manicure. A high percentage of dish soap formulas contain chemicals that could be unsafe for skin if used daily as hand soap.

Toxic chemicals in some dish soaps like phosphates, synthetic fragrances, ammonia, and more can be absorbed easily by the skin. Switching to a non-toxic dish soap is a good idea for skin and overall better health, even if you’re only using it to wash the dishes.

3. It Strips Your Hands of Natural Oils


Even the safest dish soaps aren’t usually formulated to moisturize your skin. In fact, quite the opposite. Dish soaps can strip the natural oils from your hands, causing increasingly worse skin dryness.

If using dish soap as hand soap on a regular basis, you’ll want to pair it with an emollient moisturizer. And try to use dish soap that’s very mild. That’s not always possible due to dish soap’s purpose of being tough on grease and dried food residue, but some brands claim to be milder than others.


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