Dish soap is something that tends to fade into the background, just part of the everyday humdrum of life. When we grab dish soap to wash up, we probably switch off a bit and go on autopilot. Actually, you might want to pay closer attention to the dish soap you’re using as maybe it’s not vegan-friendly or cruelty-free. Don’t fear, there are plenty of fantastic vegan dish soaps out there!
Why are dish soaps not always vegan?
Traditionally, soaps were often made using animal fats and therefore clearly not vegan. Nowadays, fewer companies use animal products in their dish soaps, but the conscious consumer should still remain vigilant about whether a product has been tested on animals or not.
Sadly, a lot of companies still use animals to test the safety of their formulas in the production process. Here at PlantX, we firmly believe it’s possible to make wonderful products - dish soaps included - that don’t involve unnecessary harm to animals.
People are certainly cottoning on to the importance of cruelty-free products and calling out the companies that are still needlessly testing on animals.
PlantX is here to uplift the brilliant, ethical companies that are making vegan cruelty-free dish soap so you can rest easy when you’re doing the washing up!
Top cruelty-free dish soaps
1. Ecos - Hypoallergenic Dish Soap
This vegan dish soap is the ultimate all-rounder. Hypoallergenic for those with allergies and sensitive skin, biodegradable packaging, entirely vegan, cruelty-free, and even made with renewable energy, you really can’t beat this vegan dish soap.
Reigning supreme in the cruelty-free dish soap universe, this wonderful product from Ecos comes in three scents: Pear, Grapefruit, and Free & Clear.
Smelling gorgeous and feeling soothing for your skin, this is a great vegan alternative to the harsh chemicals that cause your hands to go scaly and puckered after a lengthy washing-up session.
2. Rebel Green - Super Deluxe Dish Soap Frankincense and Pine
If you’re looking for a touch of luxury to make washing up into more of a sensory ritual than a chore we dread and fight over, you’ve got the vegan dish soap of your dreams right here!
Made with the finest essential oils, this glorious cruelty-free dish soap fills the room with the warming spiced scents of Frankincense and Pine, it’ll smell like a holiday all year round.
Without harmful and corrosive chemicals, Rebel Green’s vegan dish soap is soft on your hands, strong on your dishes, and kind to the planet.
To all the companies who say you need to test on animals to make the best products that are kind to human skin, we present you with Rebel Green’s Super Deluxe Dish Soap. Take that!
3. Better Life - Dish Soap Lemon & Mint
Have you got in your head that vegan and cruelty-free dish soaps are going to be less effective on tough food stains and grease?
This is a common misconception. We’ve been told that harsh chemicals are unbeatable when it comes to tacking grime and that natural ingredients just aren’t going to cut the mustard.
Fortunately, Better Life’s Dish Soap Lemon & Mint is here to bust those myths! This vegan dish soap is made with powerful natural ingredients that are soft on your skin and no-nonsense on your stains!
Hypoallergenic, biodegradable, and free from alcohol, parabens, and ethers, this winning formula is a fail-safe effective cruelty-free dish soap to keep stocked in your cupboard.
Peppermint and lemon oil will send waves of zesty freshness through your kitchen as you wash the dishes, a welcome burst of zing that livens the place up!
4. Mrs Meyers’s - Dish Soap
Like a blast from a garden in full bloom, this beautiful vegan dish soap comes in three fragrant options: Lemon Verbena, Basil, or Lavender.
Cruelty-free, biodegradable, and free from parabens and phthalates, this classic cruelty-free dish soap is a definite favorite of the PlantX team.
With its homely smell and retro packaging, this vegan dish soap is one that will become one of the puzzle pieces of home in your sensory memory.
Harnessing the incredible power of nature, this cruelty-free dish soap uses a plethora of exciting essential oils and natural ingredients to ensure your dishes are clean, your home smells fresh and your hands feel moisturized. Could you ask for any more?
5. Seventh Generation - Dishwashing Soap
Coming in 3 divine fragrances: Lime & Ginger, Lavender & Mint, or Free & Clear, this strong choice of vegan dish soap from Seventh Generation is 100% biodegradable, leaving no toxins in its wake as it blasts through your washing up.
Hypoallergenic and phosphate-free, Seventh Generation - Dishwashing Soap is perfect for folks with sensitivities; which is evident in the fact it’s an EPA Safer Choice Certified household supply. Get your hands on some of this cruelty-free dish soap today, and your skin will be grateful!
This vegan dish soap is 95% bio-based, meaning its main constituents are fruits from nature itself. What better way to clean your dishes, than with natural, non-toxic ingredients?
6. Koala Eco - Natural Dish Soap (Lemon, Myrtle, and Mandarin)
This is the good stuff. Comprised of only natural ingredients, Koala Eco’s Natural Dish Soap (Lemon, Myrtle, and Mandarin) is naturally anti-fungal and a cruelty-free dish soap specially designed to eliminate bacteria. On top of all this, it smells absolutely divine: fresh, fruity, and botanical.
Even the packaging has nature in mind, as it’s made from 100% post-consumer plastic, none of that new plastic nonsense from Koala Eco!
Effective at cutting through that pesky food grease, this fabulous vegan dish soap is no-nonsense on your dishes, yet a big softie on your skin. You won’t find any of those grim synthetic perfumes in this cruelty-free dish soap, rather, your hands will be anointed with the delights of the natural world: luxuriant lemon myrtle and mandarin essential oils!
There you have it!
We’ve explored some of the best - in our humble opinion - vegan and cruelty-free dish soaps out there for you to stock up on in your weekly shop.
Although it can get us down to think of how many manufacturers out there still use animal testing when making their products, it always cheers us up when we look to the ethical and sustainable companies who are paving the way with amazing cruelty-free products such as these cruelty-free dish soaps.
There is always hope, and you can see from the excellent vegan dish soaps we’ve listed today, that there are plenty of wonderful options out there for the conscious consumer to effectively wash their dishes with their morals intact.
Hopefully, our list has put a spring in your step when you go to tackle that enormous pile of dirty dishes. Your skin, the animals, and the planet will thank you!