Dish Soaps That Are a Huge Waste of Money

pouring dish soap on a sponge

It’s important to find a dish soap that works. | iStock/Getty Images

Washing dishes is a necessary evil; not much makes a kitchen look and feel dirtier than a pile of dirty dishes in the sink. To make the job as quick and painless as possible, it’s important to use a dish soap that works. Read on to find out which dish soaps you should absolutely avoid the next time you run to the store.

1. Joy

Joy Liquid Dish Soap is one of the more common soaps that people buy from the store, but many users have found it to be a waste of money. Some people report the soap itself to be too thin, while others report not getting enough bang for their buck.

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2. Simplehuman

simplehuman dish soap

The scent apparently is weak. | Amazon

Simplehuman dish soap is biodegradable, hypoallergenic, and contains no parabens or DEAs. For $29.99, you get a six pack of 10-ounce bottles that you need to use with the simplehuman foam cartridge sensor pump. “IT HAS NO SMELL TO IT AT ALL. VERY UPSETTING FOR THE PRICE,” said an Amazon reviewer of the apple scent. 

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3. BabyGanics

BabyGanics dish soap

Testing revealed some BabyGanics products contained carcinogens. | Amazon

BabyGanics is an all-natural dish soap that’s intended for use on your baby’s dishes. However, it was revealed that BabyGanics products contain known human carcinogens. “BabyGanics just FAILED testing by the and were found to have cancer causing agents in them. I am so upset after using this CRAP on my kids bottles for 3 years,” says one upset user.

Next: This soap keeps your skin soft but it isn’t effective at cleaning dishes. 

4. Frosch Natural

Frosch dish soap

Users didn’t find the soap to be effective. | Amazon

Frosch dish soap is marketed as 100% vegan, dermatologically tested to keep your skin soft, and not testing on animals. On Amazon, their description reads: “This powerful formula removes all manner of messes including fingerprints, dirt, lipstick and, of course, any and all food residue ranging from sugary juice and soda to the toughest grease and oil.” However, many users report the soap being highly ineffective.

“Not very strong. Had to use it multiple times just to do one dishwashing,” says one reviewer.

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5. J.R. Watkins Liquid Dish Soap

J.R. Watkins dish soap

Consumers said the soap didn’t lather. | Amazon

J.R. Watkins Liquid Dish Soap has nice branding and even has a lovely scent to it. However, consumers often complain about the fact that the soap doesn’t lather, causing them to use (and waste) more at a time. “This dish detergent sucks it will not foam up like most major brands your dishware come out dull as well you end up having to use half the bottle!! so if you wanna waste your money and don’t take my advice you will learn the hard way of wasting money!!” says one user.

Next: One reviewer calls this soap “the worst soap I have ever used.”

6. Better Life Sulfate Free Dish Soap

Better Life dish soap

Users said it didn’t cut grease. | Amazon

A lot of customers are drawn to Better Life dish soap due to it being free of of VOCs, alkyphenol surfactants, and petroleum. However, as with many of the all-natural dish soaps on this list, users have found that the soap just doesn’t get the job done.

“This is absolutely the worst soap I have ever used. I have to use 50 times more than I would say Dawn soap, and it does not cut grease . Absolute waste of time and money,” says one user.

Next: This soap just doesn’t work on grease. 

7. Grab Green

Grab Green dish soap

It smells nice but apparently isn’t very effective. | Amazon

Grab Green dish soap is another natural soap that doesn’t have any of the marketed harmful ingredients that your standard dish soap has. Grab Green does supposedly have a nice smell to it, but users report a lack of potency.

“Love the smell, but not too confident regarding its grease cutting ability. Maybe it’s a cultural shift, but as a consumer, I want to make sure the product is first and foremost effective,” said one Amazon reviewer.

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