The worst soaps for you and baby (and the best non-toxic, affordable alternatives)

best non-toxic soap

Last updated: August 12, 2016
If you’re looking to make your home a little greener for you and your baby, a great place to start is what you put on your skin. Here are a few comparisons to get you started on the non-toxic path, with natural affordable alternatives.

  1. Johnson’s Baby Shampoo – No More Tears® We almost produced some tears when we flipped this bottle over and checked out the ingredients. In 2014, the shampoo was reformulated to no longer contain two potentially harmful chemicals: formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane. It was a bit controversial because the amounts were extremely low, and the company felt pressured by consumers and environmental groups to make the change (read more here). In our opinion, the new formula doesn’t seem much better – filled with fragrance, dyes and more chemicals. We aren’t scientists, but for our little babies we just prefer an ingredient list that’s a bit more natural. Let’s compare:

Why we love Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Non-Scents Body Wash & Shampoo:

  • Made without synthetic fragrances, triclosan, phthalates, parabens, harsh sulfates, petrochemicals, petroleum or petroleum byproducts.
  • Rated 1 for toxins on EWG.
  • Buy in bulk option = less waste of packaging.

Please note this is not considered a “no tear” formula, because it is a natural soap and therefore alkaline. But we’ve never had an issue. Babies learn at a very young age to naturally close their eyes when water is poured on their heads. Just take care to tilt their heads as you would do with your own.

Our non-toxic soap solution comes in a little pricier per oz. compared with Johnson’s No More Tears (on average $0.70 vs. $0.60), but trust us, it’s worth the splurge. And, babies are very clean and don’t need much soap (our bottle lasted almost a year for one baby). The best deal for Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Non-Scents Body Wash & Shampoo is currently available on Amazon at $24.07 for 34 oz.

2. Dial® Gold Liquid Hand Soap Also in 2014, there was another public outcry for a chemical being used in most antibacterial soaps: triclosan. Triclosan has been found to cause cancer in mice. Big brands are slowly phasing out this ingredient and replacing it with Benzethonium Chloride. While not much research has been done, it appears this chemical is pretty strong and is best kept in the hospital – not for everyday hand cleaning and certainly not for our babies. Even if it is a safe chemical, let’s look at what else we found in the “inactive ingredients”:

Our clear winner is Clear Consumption Liquid Hand Soap. Why we love:

  • Made without synthetic fragrances, triclosan, phthalates, parabens, harsh sulfates, petrochemicals, petroleum or petroleum byproducts.
  • Contains only 8 simple, all natural non toxic ingredients.
  • Buy in bulk = less waste of packaging.
  • Available in unscented, lavender, lemongrass, peppermint and tea tree (using only essential oils for scented options).

Please note this is a foaming soap and requires a foaming dispenser. Our favorite is the Cuisipro foam pump. The ratio of soap to water is 1:4, so this soap will last you a very long time. Our pick comes in on average at $0.49/oz. vs. Dial at $0.58/oz. Even with the initial cost of the soap dispenser, over time you will be saving money, in addition to helping the environment and cleansing your skin with natural ingredients. The best deal for Clear Consumption Liquid Hand Soap is currently available on Amazon at $23.99 for 48 oz.

If you have any other soaps in your home that’s causing concern, please mention by leaving a comment and we will let you know if they meet our standards.