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Natural anti-bacterial soaps for the germphobe

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

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Do you have obsessive-compulsive tendencies when it comes to sanitizing your hands and every surface in your home as well as outside your home? You’re a germphobe and you’re not afraid to admit it. But you also have a green streak and you’d rather be an all-natural clean freak instead of relying on harsh chemicals and toxic cleaners that could do more harm than help. Good news! We've rounded up the best natural anti-bacterial soaps that you can use at home and on the go.

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California Baby Squeaky Clean! Moisturizing Handwash

Formerly named Natural Antibacterial Blend, California Baby’s Squeaky Clean Moisturizing Handwash is safe for newborns to adults. This anti-bacterial soap is formulated with lemon, tea tree, and ravensara essential oils, floral extracts, aloe vera, soap bark and vegetable glycerin. As an eco-friendly bonus, the BPA-free soap bottles contain 25 percent post-consumer content (PCR) and the tree-free labels are printed with water-based lead-free inks and are easy to recycle with paper or plastic — no need to remove labels before recycling! (Amazon, $7)

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100% Pure Lemon Verbena Hydrating Hand Wash

In addition to naturally sanitizing your hands with herbal extracts, this antioxidant-rich moisturizing wash leaves your hands feeling soft and hydrated. Made with sake, green tea, coffee, cherry, fruit acids, aloe vera, herbs, lemon verbena essential oil and witch hazel, it is all-natural, vegan-friendly and gluten-free. You won’t find any artificial fragrances, sulfites, detergents, triclosan or other toxins in this deliciously fragrant germ-killing soap. (100% Pure, $11)

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Pure-N-Simple Peppermint/Tea Tree Soap

Tea tree oil is renowned for its anti-bacterial, antiseptic, antibiotic and anti-fungal properties. This Pure-N-Simple soap bar is made with tea tree oil and an artisan blend of all-natural ingredients, including essential oils and herbs. In addition to being a natural way to kill germs, what makes this soap special is that it is made with goat’s milk, which is high in vitamins and gentle on the skin. (Pure-N-Simple Soap, $5)

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CleanWell Ginger Bergamot Foaming Hand Soap

Instead of harsh antibacterial cleansers, a better way to clean hands is with CleanWell’s foaming hand soap. Made with thyme, ginger, bergamot, white tea leaf extract and aloe vera, this soap is free of triclosan, artificial colors, parabens and other chemicals. (CleanWell Today, $10)

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ArgentUS Bioscience Silver Thyme Sanitizer Gel

Your home may be squeaky clean but the rest of the world isn’t, so arm yourself with an all-natural hand-sanitizing gel that you can carry anywhere. This alcohol-free anti-bacterial gel is formulated with silver, zinc, aloe vera and thyme. The majority of hand sanitizers use an alcohol base which temporarily kills germs but also dries out the skin, causing crevices that can be breeding grounds for germs. This non-irritating, non-toxic product keeps germs off for hours and is safe for adults and children. (Amazon, $8)

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Healthy Hand Wipes

Take these to the park, pack them in your child’s lunchbox, and keep them in your handbag! Healthy Hand Wipes are made of all-natural, organic ingredients with a salt-based ingredient proven to safely and effectively kill germs. Ingredients include aloe vera, cinnamon, citrus extract, dead sea salt, honey and jojoba oil. As a green clean bonus, wipes are 100 percent biodegradable and come in a hermetically sealed 100 percent recyclable package. (Amazon, $10)

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