Why You Should Switch to a Solid Dish Soap RSS

Posted July 2022
Written by Jamie Barrows

We've said before, and we'll say it again: The future of cleaning and personal hygiene is solid. We've seen the data; consumers are seeking more ways to reduce their waste, especially when it comes to plastic. For consumer brands to succeed, it will be essential to focus on sustainability. Since Bradford has been in the business of solid cleansing and bar soap since the 1960s (Bradford manufactured flake soap for the textile and paper industries for the previous 75+ years), we are experts in eco-friendly personal care. Here's why dish soap in a bar format is a win/win.    


Liquid dish soaps, while effective, are usually packaged in plastic bottles. According to the most recent data, only 8.7% of plastic is recycled in the United States (Loria). Solid dish bars use minimal packaging, usually paper-based – not plastic. One of the best examples is
Grove Collaborative's Hand & Dish Soap which comes in a fully recyclable FSC®-certified recycled paper box. Make the switch to solid dish soap, and you'll be contributing to reducing our planet's massive plastic waste problem.

Less Water

One of the most appealing aspects of solid dish bars is their need for far less water than bottled liquid soap. At Bradford, our signature formulation contains only about 12% water, whereas liquid soaps typically have 80-90% water. When our planet's most valuable resource is becoming increasingly scarce, preserving water usage in everyday products such as dish soap is an easy step everyone can take. Besides, home products like dish soap already require water in their use, so why put extra water in the product?


Who doesn't love a two-in-one home care product? Or any product for that matter? Many dish cleaners dry out your skin. Dish bars are made with an updated state of mind. The makers of these sustainable products recognize consumers' need for moisturizing, gentle ingredients and often combine skincare ingredients with dish-cleaning ones. Solid dish cleaners often contain shea butter or aloe ingredients to keep your hands from over-drying while cleaning your pots and pans. 

Our Research and Development team has perfected the kitchen bar formulation at Bradford. If you are a brand looking to expand your product line to include a sustainable, water-conserving, and plastic-free dish soap,
get in touch with us today. We would love to help you get started. 
Loria, By Kevin. "The Big Problem With Plastic." Consumer Reports, 8 Sept. 2021,