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The Only Hand Soap You Need In Your Kitchen

It was an accidental discovery, really.

It wasn’t until I was up to my elbows in butter when I realized I was out of liquid hand soap. I grabbed the next closest thing, a bar of soap sitting next to the kitchen sink. It was an unattractive shade of green, and it didn’t have a “pretty” scent.

(I know, I’m not selling this very well, am I?)

But after one use, I immediately loved this soap! It took all of the butter residue off of my fingers. And on top of it, my hands felt SO smooth and clean!

What is this magical soap I’m talking about? Lava Bar.


If you have a mechanic or gardener in your life, there’s probably a chance you know about Lava Bar.

According to their website, Lava Bar is the "original" heavy-duty hand cleaner: “Since 1893, do-it-yourselfers, coal miners, and oil rig workers have depended on the power of pumice in Lava to cut through even the toughest grease and grime.”

I’m guessing if it’s strong enough for oil rig workers, it’s strong enough for a home cook. But that’s the beauty of this soap. It’s not harsh or abrasive, but because it’s filled with pumice, it gently exfoliates your hands. So what does it smell like? To me, it has a very mild fresh scent.

In the end, do my hands smell like flowers? No, but they don’t smell like garlic or onions, either!

Where to Buy: Check your local hardware store. A bar will cost you about $1-2. You can buy it on Amazon for a few bucks more.

About Jen Harwell

Are you still a vegetarian if you eat bacon? Let’s just call her a bacontarian.