Source Hand Soap is a Regular Buy that is on shelves year round, and it cost $0.75 for a 7.5-oz. bottle at the time of publication, which is a bit cheaper than similar bottles of name-brand Softsoap sold at Target. It is sold as a Regular Buy in Moisturizing or Clear (with a fun fish background on the bottle) varieties. Aldi used to sell an antibacterial version of this hand soap as well, but I couldn’t find it the last time I looked in my local store, and this may be due to the fact that current science does not support the use of antibacterial soaps.
The Source Hand Soap bottle says it is comparable to name-brand Softsoap, and it is triclosan free (a key ingredient in antibacterial soap) and contains no parabens, a common preservative in personal care products such as soap, deodorant, and cosmetics. The soap is not tested on animals, and it has a Safer Choice seal indicating it meets U.S. EPA Safer Product Standards.
In addition to the Regular Buy soap that is available all year, I enjoy looking for Aldi’s seasonal scented liquid hand soaps, which often get rolled out for a limited time during the spring, fall, and holidays. These ALDI Find (Special Buy) soaps usually come in a larger pump bottle, often 10 ounces, and are priced differently — usually at $0.99. This past fall, I purchased Source soap in Apple Spice and Sweet Harvest Spice scents. During the Christmas season, I found Source soap in Sugared Cherry and Sugared Plum scents.
One thing to be aware of about Aldi’s liquid hand soaps is that sometimes the pump dispenser mechanism is glitchy, failing to properly twist up to open when you go to initially use the soap. I usually can get the pump opened after a few minutes of fiddling with it, but sometimes it does not open at all, and that’s when I typically will swap the new defective pump out for the functional pump from my previous bottle of hand soap. When I purchased some of the holiday hand soaps this past year, the Aldi employee who rang me up said he had just had a customer return some hand soap they could not open.
It can be a potential annoyance, but it’s generally not bad enough to convince me to stop buying Aldi hand soap. There’s also an easy workaround: I sometimes twist open the pump dispenser in the store before I put the soap in my cart to make sure I’m getting a bottle that works.
Some of Aldi’s more brightly colored ALDI Find seasonal soaps (I’m looking at you, Sugared Cherry) tend to leave rainbow streaks in our bathroom sinks, and I often have to wipe down the sink bowl, especially after my kids have used the soap. They don’t stain our sinks but simply leave red or pink globs and trails of soap all over. This has never been a problem with the white or clear Regular Buy soaps, though.
Another downside is that sometimes the seasonal ALDI Find soaps get watery and runny after a while. I’ve seen that happen with other inexpensive store-brand soaps from regular grocery stores as well, so that’s not a problem exclusive to Aldi, and it’s not a problem with Aldi’s Regular Buy soaps.
My only other very minor quibble is that I wish Aldi offered hand soaps in a larger refill bottle so we could reuse the pump bottles. That might be asking too much of a low-inventory grocery store, though.
Source Hand Soap compares to name-brand Softsoap and works well at getting the grime and germs off hands. It’s sold year round, but Aldi also sells limited-time seasonal scents at various times throughout the year. Sometimes the pump dispenser is difficult to open, so you might want to twist it open in the store to make sure you’re getting one that works.