Washing your hands should be second nature, but it can be hard to tell if you’re really doing it for long enough. Growing up, my mom would always make me wash my hands when I got home or before a meal. Somehow, living on my own, I stopped doing that. But the CDC consistently suggests that washing your hands is the first and easiest step to take to stop the spread of germs and potentially harmful viruses. So, I’m re-teaching myself to become a more frequent hand-washer. With that, though, comes the downside: washing your hands can strip them of moisture. I’m not a huge fan of hand lotion, so I opt for hand soaps that clean off bacteria and also moisturize. If you plan on taking charge of your washing habits, here are some of the best soaps to have on...hand. Don’t forget to count to 20!
Dial Complete 2 in 1 Moisturizing & Antibacterial Hand Wash
Dial Complete 2 In 1 Moisturizing & Antibacterial Foaming Hand Wash, $16: The OG Dial Gold is a great option to have on-hand when it comes to killing germs, but this Dial soap does more. It kills 99.99% of bacteria while also keeping your hands soft and smooth.
Everyone Hand Soap, Lavender + Coconut
Everyone Hand Soap, $10: Made from coconut cleansers, organic plant extracts, vitamin e + B5, this option cleanses and moisturizes, all in one. It comes in a handful of unique fragrances, like Spearmint + Lemongrass and Apricot + Vanilla.
Mrs. Meyer's Liquid Hand Soap
This is the soap I always have next to my sink. It will clean your hands but keep them soft with olive oil, Aloe Vera, and essential oils. I prefer the basil one, myself.
Softsoap Hand Wash Plus Lotion Pump
Like the tissues before it, this soap has lotion added to it to make sure you’re not losing any moisture the more you wash your hands. This one has an Aloe Water and Lime scent, so it’s easy to pretend you’re on a tropical beach somewhere while you’re washing.
Farmstead Apothecary Hand Soap
This natural hand soap uses plants, herbs, flowers, and fruit to create a soap that smells good, feels good, and works...good.
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