Liquid Soap

Alternative ways to recycle
Put in Garbage Cart
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No Caps or Pumps

Generally, caps and pumps aren’t recyclable, so throw them out.


Empty Out Bottles

To recycle a plastic liquid soap container, you can empty the bottle out. There is no need to rinse the bottle or remove labels.

Refill Packets Go in the Garbage

Refilling your liquid soap with a packet? Once it’s empty, toss it in the garbage. It can’t be recycled curbside because it’s made from mixed materials.

Alternative Ways to Recycle


Tom's of Maine and hello Natural Care Recycling Program

This TerraCycle program recycles soap packaging as well as mouthwash bottles and caps, toothbrushes, deodorant containers and caps, floss containers, and toothpaste tubes and caps. Bring empty, dry materials to a drop-off location or mail in to TerraCycle.

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ShiKai® Recycling Program

Recycle empty ShiKai® packaging through this program, including plastic tubes, pots, pumps sprays, jars, complex closures and glass packaging.

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MyKirei by KAO Recycling Program

Recycle MyKirei by KAO branded packaging and pumps and Jergens pumps through this program. Learn more about the MyKirei by KAO Recycling Program.

Ways to Reduce

Refill Liquid Soap Containers

Instead of buying one small liquid soap container each time you run out, buy liquid soap in bulk and refill empty soap containers.

Ridiculously Easy Homemade Liquid Soap

Making your own liquid soap is much cheaper, less toxic and more environmentally friendly than buying it. You need only two ingredients — concentrated castile soap and a small bottle of essential oils.

Did You Know?

Liquid vs. Bar Soap: Which Is Greener?

Liquid soaps require more energy to produce, and consumers use six times more liquid soap than bar soap each time they wash their hands. However, bar soap has a more significant impact on land use, since its ingredients are produced by farmed crops. People also use more water when washing their hands with bar soap than with liquid soap, so the jury’s still out on this one.