Companies Offering Hand Soap
ProcurementIQ provides a list of vendors offering hand soap
NY-based Colgate-Palmolive produces and distributes household, healthcare, personal care and veterinary products through its extensive network of brands, including Colgate, Irish Spring, Hill’s and Ajax. The company is a leading soap manufacturer and produces hand soap under the Softsoap, Palmolive Naturals and Tom’s of Maine brands. Softsoap hand soap can be purchased directly through the Softsoap website or through retailers, while Palmolive Naturals and Tom’s of Maine brand soaps are only available through retailers. Colgate-Palmolive is actively working to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic by manufacturing and donating 25 million bars of hand soap to global agencies. The company has ramped up production at five manufacturing plants in three countries to fulfill the pledge. Furthermore, the company is donating $20.0 million worth of health and hygiene products to community-based organizations that will distribute products to those most in need.
CT-based manufacturer Dial Corporation is a subsidiary of Henkel AG & Company KGaA, a German chemical and consumer goods company. Dial manufactures a variety of soaps, including hand soap, bar soap and body wash, which are only available through retailers. On the Dial website, buyers can find out which products are currently available and from which retailers they may be purchased. Although Dial has not revealed its current level of inventory of hand soaps, products are available for purchase through retailers such as Target and Walmart, indicating that Dial is able to provide an adequate supply. Since March 2020, Dial has donated over 600,000 units of liquid hand soap, bar soap and body wash products to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which have been distributed to first responders and communities significantly affected by the coronavirus.
CA-based EO Products is a certified organic manufacturer and operates a zero-waste factory. The company provides a range of natural cleaning solutions, including hand sanitizer, body wash and hair products. EO Products manufactures liquid hand soap made with plant extracts and essential oils through its EO and Everyone brands. Select scents and sizes of hand soap are currently in stock and available for purchase on its website, although quantities are limited to two. The company has sought to keep products in stock by running extra shifts, hiring temporary workers, limiting the number of scents and sizes of products, and converting factory lines for other products into hand soap and sanitizer production lines.
MN-based manufacturer J.R. Watkins produces a variety of cleaning products, health remedies, body washes and hand soaps. The company offers foaming and gel hand soaps available for purchase on its website and through retailers. Although J.R. Watkins has not commented on inventory levels or production capacity, liquid hand soaps are currently in stock on its website. Quantities are limited to 10 per item and the lead time is about two weeks.
OH-based Kutol is a leading vendor in the soap and hand sanitizer markets. Kutol offers foaming and liquid soap in a variety of fragrances, colors and dispensing options (e.g. wall or counter mounted dispenser and portable pump). Kutol sells their products through distribution partners, not directly to the general public. Due to the coronavirus outbreak and the resulting high level of demand, the company is not accepting new distribution partners. The company estimates a lead time of four to six weeks for all soap orders. In an effort to expedite orders and eliminate back orders, the company requests that buyers purchasing soap and hand sanitizer products split the items between two separate purchase orders.
Live Clean is a Canadian company that manufactures plant-based hair and body care products, including shampoos, body wash, lotions and hand soap. On the Live Clean website, buyers can find which products are currently available and from which retailers they may be purchased. Although Live Clean has not commented on its inventory or production capabilities, liquid hand soap products are most commonly available for purchase through retailers such as Amazon, Walmart and Rite Aid.
WI-based company S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. (SC Johnson) produces an extensive range of household cleaning supplies and chemicals, including hand soap. The company manufactures liquid hand soap under the Method, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day and Caldrea brands. Method hand soaps are only available through retailers, while Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day and Caldrea soaps can be purchased through their respective websites or retailers. Although all three brands’ websites indicate somewhat limited inventories of hand soap products, Method and Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day have stated their factories are open. The company is continually working on producing more hand soap and cleaning products while remaining compliant with social distancing policies and health standards. In partnership with the CDC Foundation and Save the Children, SC Johnson has committed $15 million in financial assistance and product donations to support the efforts of global and community service organizations, first responders and medical personnel during the pandemic.
WA-based company SoapBox manufactures hair and body care products, including body wash, shampoo, bar soap, liquid hand soap and, most recently, hand sanitizer. Products may be purchased on its website as well as through retailers. Due to heightened demand, Soapbox hand soap products are currently sold out online. Soapbox has stated they are increasing production by about six to seven times normal production capacity.
- A UK study conducted by the Medical Research Council and published in Wellcome Open Research found that participants were much less likely to catch infections, such as coronavirus, when they washed their hands between six and 10 times a day.
- According to Erin Sheets, an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Minnesota Duluth, any soap – regardless of type or form – can be effective in protecting against the coronavirus. Except for soap-free skin cleansers, any soap can effectively dissolve and wash away the virus’ lipid coating, which contain proteins that recognize a person’s proteins inside their lungs and lead to infection.
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