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Oct 14, 2010 04:03 AM

Dish soap & Hand soap

I know there are dish soaps out there that are formulated to be less harsh on your hands, but I cannot stand having my dishes smell so strongly and I haven't found an unscented one yet. For my dishes I like Dawn Direct Foam because it handles the tough cleaning jobs but rinses really clean and doesn't leave an overpowering scent. However, I'm looking for a separate hand soap because the Dawn is pretty drying when I'm washing my hands four or five times during dinner prep. The problem though, is every hand soap I've found has a strong scent or it leaves some sort of residue behind. Have any of you Chowhounds found a hand soap for the kitchen that you really love, or do you just use your dish soap when washing up in the kitchen?

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  1. I tend to rely on Method handsoap--the clear one--in the kitchen. But I have to admit that part of the reason I use that handsoap in the kitchen is that it works well with my sensor hand soap dispenser (so I don't have to touch a thing when my hands are covered in raw poultry juices). But I actually really like much of the Method line anyway. I don't think it's too harsh on my hands.

    1. Trader Joes has a lemon antibacterial kitchen soap that I like (although I haven't bought it in a while, so god knows if they still carry it). I don't find the scent overwhelming; right now I have some Softsoap in the kitchen that is way way too smelly.

      I'm not generally a fan of antibacterial soap but the nice thing about the TJ soap is that it takes away onion/garlic smells on your hands.

      1. Method sells unscented dish and hand soaps and can be found at any Target store. Target's store brand, Up and Up, also makes a line of hand soaps that are lightly scented and won't leave much of a scent. I think there is even an unscented version, but can't remember for sure.

        In any case, there are quite a few brands that make unscented hand soap. I think even Dial makes one now. Shouldn't be too hard to find.

        1. Bath and Body Works has 8 oz pump bottles that I've found for about $1/bottle. I usually stock up with 5 or 6 bottles - perfect for bathrooms as well.

          I checked their web-site and they list it @ 4 bottles (8 oz) for $16. Either they've gone up in price or I've caught it on sale every time I've gone to their store - which would only be once a year if I happen to pass one during Christmas shopping. At $1 for 8 oz, it's a wonderful moisturizing soap. At $3+..... there's probably something better and cheaper.

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          1. re: CocoaNut

            I also use the B&BW soaps. They have a line specifically for the kitchen called Kitchen Odor Neutralizer. I've gotten the Kitchen Lemon, Cucumber and Tangerine scents and I think they have a couple more too. They come in foaming and regular liquid soap versions. They all smell great, without being overpowering and they really do remove those strong smells like garlic and onions.

            1. re: boogiebaby

              I dunno. I mean, I LOVE B&BW's handsoaps, and I have a basil one in my kitchen right now, but if someone really can't stand scented soaps, then they are not the ones to buy. I guess it depends on your skin type/chemistry, but I buy B&BW's soaps BECAUSE the scent is strong and lingers after you rinse your hands.

              I guess what the OP could do is go to a local B&BW and try out the handsoaps at the testing sink and see for himself/herself how strong they are to her?

              1. re: yfunk3

                I don't find the lemon scent strong, but it's particularly hard to find. What I like about them is I don't feel the need to "lotion up" after hand washing with these soaps.

                1. re: CocoaNut

                  This is part of my dilemma. I don't mind a strongly scented soap for the bathroom, but I don't want anything strongly scented in the kitchen, because my nose is an important tool while cooking.

                  1. re: LoBrauHouseFrau

                    I just noticed that the Lemon B&BW is labeled "Kitchen Lemon".

          2. I keep a bar of L'Occitane soap with shea butter next to the kitchen sink. I too have problems with dry skin and I find the shea butter bar soap is much less drying than any liquid soap I've tried. I don't bother with anything labeled "antibacterial" since all soap is.

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            1. re: agoodbite

              >> I don't bother with anything labeled "antibacterial" since all soap is.

              That very fact was in the news a few months ago. I always thought it was kind of weird, ie, did that mean the soaps that have been used for generations weren't getting the job done??