If we've heard it once, we've heard it a thousand times: wash your darn hands! And while this is always a good rule of thumb (no pun intended), we may not always consider why. It might seem old school, just using soap and water, but this magical combination happens to be one of the most tried and true methods to prevent getting sick and/or spreading your germs onto others. The brand or type probably makes little difference as long as you lather well—and you can't really discriminate in a public washroom or someone else's home. On the other hand (no pun intended), when shopping for yourself, there are several cruelty-free vegan options at your disposal...

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Clockwise from top left: Lush Outback Mate Soap, Buck Naked Soap Company Warm Cocoa Butter Soap, The Soap Works Creamy Clay, Live Clean Liquid Hand Soap in Sweet Pea, Jason Pure Natural Hand Soap in Glowing Apricot, Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Hand Soap in Lavender, Method Naturally Derived Hand Wash in Sea Minerals, Kiss My Face Fragrance Free Hand Soap