2. Dish Soap Could Irritate Eczema
For those with skin conditions like eczema or contact dermatitis, regular use of dish soap can cause painful and unsightly irritation.
The American Academy of Dermatology Association lists the symptoms of eczema as skin that is red, chapped, dry, scaly and inflamed. Eczema flareups can cause burning sensations, blisters, and bleeding or “weeping” from deep skin cracks.
Adding dish soap with harsh chemicals to those conditions could feel like dowsing a fire with rubbing alcohol. Either avoid dish soap as hand soap, or test a few different non-toxic dish soaps first for possible eczema irritants.
1. Hands Are OK, But Not the Rest of Your Body
If dish soap is all you’ve got, then it’s certainly better than nothing for washing your hands. But don’t take the dish soap bottle in the shower, if you can help it. Washing your body with dish soap would likely lead to skin irritation for even the healthiest epidermis — the top layer of your skin.
What you do hopefully have in the shower is a better alternative for hand soap. The better choice than dish soap is body wash. Unlike dish soap, body wash is formulated specifically for cleaning the skin.
When you run out of hand soap, go for the body wash first. When that runs out, make dish soap a temporary third choice.Related: How to Choose a Safe and Effective Dish Soap