Soap

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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.

Alternative Ways to Recycle

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TerraCycle Personal Care and Beauty Recycling Program

Recycle hair care, skin care and cosmetic product packaging through this free mail-in program by TerraCycle and Garnier. Accepted items include soap dispensers and tubes. Find program information and a full list of accepted items here.

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TerraCycle Tom's of Maine Natural Care Recycling Program

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

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

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.