Cooking dinner means scrubbing your hands clean at least once during the meal prep. Why not choose a soap that’s a treat to both your skin and your senses? Fragranced, anti-bacterial, good for the environment—whatever your guidelines, pick one that can lift this several-times-a-day task out of chore territory. Here’s a roundup of our staff’s favorites for keeping the cook’s hands clean in the kitchen.


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Rhubarb, peony, honeysuckle, lemon verbena—we’re smitten with the range of scrumptious scents offered by the Mrs. Meyer’s brand. This thick gel soap lathers nicely and rinses squeaky clean. The fact that the smart-looking packaging is eye candy on our counter doesn’t hurt, either. We usually indulge in the matching-scent lotions, too.


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Cruelty-free, non-GMO, made without “chemicals of concern”—the Everyone brand is all the good stuff. In six scent combinations that sound more like slushie flavors than suds (lime + coconut strawberry, apricot + vanilla), these soaps appeal to, well, everyone. We like the reasonable price point, so we put them in the kids’ bathrooms, too.


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Another organization with the goal of a “cleaner, greener” world, Method is an easy company to get behind for both its product—a mild soap made of naturally derived ingredients—as well as for its packaging. Sold in a recycled (and recyclable) sleek and modern pump, this soap has both style and substance. We go for the French Lavender scent every time.

Seventh Generation

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This company has a decades-long history of doing the right thing, both by the environment and by their employees. Though their hand soaps come in a range of great scents (black currant and rosewater, lavender and mint), we like the fresh lemon and tea tree as a natural alternative to harsher antibacterial cleaners. It’s mild enough to leave your hands feeling soft, so go ahead and use it lots during the messier dinner prep jobs.