Eco-Friendly Hand Soaps Under $5

01_21_09_soaps.jpgSince it's cold season, we're going through plenty of soap trying to keep the germs at bay. But at the grocery store yesterday, we were struck by the prohibitive cost of a few ounces of hand soap that's easy on the Earth. We're very conscious of what we put down the drain and on our skin, but we're also trying to stick to a budget. So we found a few soaps that fit our budget and are available at most grocers. Jump below for the shortlist and links. Meyers Liquid Hand Soap, at $3.99, offers a natural soap with aloe and olive oil, and comes in four different scents.

Method's hand wash comes in at $4, and they're extra-appealing because hand soap refills are available. And those refills are cheap--you get a liter for only $6.

CleanWell comes in very close--on one site, we found bottles available for $5.19. But we like that this brand also has refills, and at $13.99 for a 32-ounce refill, we're not complaining. Plus, they sell "starter packs" on their site that include two small bottles of natural hand sanitizer, and the entire package comes in at only $9.99.

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