Dr. Bronner’s Update on Covid-19

To our customers and community,

Like many businesses in this time, we are doing our best to prioritize the health and wellbeing of our employees and community. For Dr. Bronner’s this goes hand in hand with meeting the needs of our customers. Soap and hand sanitizer are essential tools to help keep Covid-19 from spreading and help maintain public health, and for this reason and others, we believe it is important to continue manufacturing our products for as long as we are able to safely do so.

For the safety of our staff and community, all of our employees who can work remotely are now working from home. Meanwhile, demand for our soap and hand sanitizer has spiked, and we are doing our best to fulfill the increase in orders. In spite of our best efforts, constraints prevent us from fully meeting orders: our hand sanitizer, for example, can only be produced at FDA-licensed drug manufacturing facilities, and is being produced at 600% of our usual rate.

We are allotting a reserve of 2% of all hand sanitizer production to donate to at-risk communities and the organizations that serve them, so they have access to our hand sanitizer as well. Last week we shipped donations to organizations serving unhoused and low-income populations in San Diego, New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. We are continuing to work with advocates and service providers to get our products in the hands of those who need them most during this public health crisis.

We are asking our customers and community to please be patient as we do our best to fulfill orders and make our products available to those who need them. Please also buy only what you think you need, so that everyone who needs our products can obtain them. This is an important time to remember that we are all connected and need to look out for each other, now more than ever.


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David and Michael Bronner

David and Michael Bronner run Dr. Bronner's together with their family. They view the company as an activist vehicle and donate both time and money to causes they believe in.

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  • tpend

    Thanks for all you are doing. Be well.

    • Belinda Canez

      Very cool tip! Thanks for sharing!

  • m kozar

    for all those looking to ‘sanitize’ without drying with alcohol, i made a Bronner sanitizer spray, since soap annihilates virus’ by tearing them apart…
    Add one BIG stream of Dr Bronner Castile to a 250ml (glass if you have) spray jar
    Fill slowly with lukewarm water
    Cap with sprayer
    *When spraying and using, spray should still feel ‘greasy’ like the pure castile does, and when applying and rubbing, should have a ‘coating’ effect, this means it is still concentrated enough.
    No need to rinse (but rinse if you wish after 20 senconds), as Dr Bronner Castile does NOT dry out, and instead, feels moisturizing and soothing!
    Much love everyone, be there for each other!

  • Paola Gelmetti-Dembroski

    I have a bottle of the peppermint soap and I would like to know if there is a recipe using this and alcohol for sanitizing hands and surfaces.
    I can’t go out right now, I’m in Oregon (stay at home order), I’m over 70 and I have a limited income, so I’m trying to use what I have already.
    I see that there is a sanitizing spray on dr. Bonner website, but I would like to make my own and know that it works.

    • We don’t recommend using the soap for making a sanitizing spray. I would just use alcohol. The only additional ingredient that’s in our sanitizer is glycerin, which is there to provide moisturization, since alcohol dries your hands. So moisturize your hands afterwards and you should be fine. Depending on the concentration of the alcohol you may also want to add water.

      • Dorita Sewell

        1. Since reading that glycerin is an alcohol and a degreaser, I’ve thrown out all my cosmetics because glycerin is a major ingredient in ALL of them. It’s cheap and FDA approved. I use Dr. Bronner’s because glycerin is just a by-product and not a major ingredient BUT
        1. Lavender acts like estrogen, making breasts on baby boys and girls bathed routinely in lavender soaps according to National Institutes of Health info. I have 4 $20 bottles of Dr. Bronner’s lavender, but I’m using only the no-fragrance baby version henceforth though I love the smell of lavender. My cancer is encouraged by estrogen. Expensive mistake, but cancer is more important than money.
        2. Who wants a degreaser and alcohol on their skin just because it’s cheap and FDA-approved? But I gather it’s a byproduct of saponification and a minor amount is there? I hope you don’t add glycerin!
        3. I use alcohol spray (and let things dry) and wash things with soap to sanitize during the CV pandemic. I also let nonperishables sit for 4 days in my virus corner and let the CV die off and dump veggies directly into my pre-set-up big pan and boil and freeze them without trying to sanitize them. I wash my hands right after that. Who knows what’s on veggies…..
        4. Dr. Bonner’s is among very few soaps that don’t give me hives or welts where my clothes chafe. I LOVE it. But can you fix the lavender problem? Maybe real lavender isn’t the best choice?

        • The glycerin in our soaps is indeed a byproduct of saponification, with no glycerin added.

          We’re not medical professionals and cannot provide medical advice. That said, as far as I understand, the connection between lavender oil and prepubertal gynecomastia is fairly weak—and both studies on it involved fragrances that were left on the skin (perfume and cologne that contained lavender oil). There is less than 2% lavender oil in our soaps, and the product is being washed off the skin, so the amount of lavender oil that would enter your body is minute.

          • Dorita Sewell

            I’m sad to say that the info I saw was about babies routinely bathed in lavender soap, not perfumed or cologned. I love the smell of your lavender soap so much that it was a hard decision, but to me, it’s not worth the risk. The lovely smell does stay on my skin.

          • That makes total sense, definitely not worth the risk.

    • menotu000

      Basic castile soap (think like Ivory) or Dr. Bronners castile soap is all that is needed with water. Wash your hands. The soap actually destroys the lipid membrane of the virus thereby destroying the virus itself. You just need to wash 20 full seconds for it to work. Alcohol not needed.

      Here is a news article for reference: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/13/health/soap-coronavirus-handwashing-germs.html

  • Aryenish Birdie

    Dr. Bronner’s hand sanitizer is everything!

  • Donna Long

    Can you gargle with very diluted peppermint soap. Is it safe as long as you do not swallow it.

    • This is probably safe, however we have no knowledge that it would help in preventing illness.

  • Arock Duece

    I think yoru soap has covid19 in it, it causes skin rashes now, in the last 6 months and breathing problems when you smell it.

    • Sorry to hear that our soap is causing you problems. Our soap acts to destroy viruses, so no virus can live inside of it.

    • American Woman

      I just recently read a scientific research paper about the virus, and in their laboratory testing, they showed that the virus was significantly ‘reduced’ after five minutes of being in contact with soap suds, and completely and totally destroyed after fifteen minutes, so it’s impossible for it to survive in any bottle of soap you would ever buy. Hope this eliminates your worry!

  • Elizabeth Rush

    I have a recipe for disinfectant wipes using the unscented castile soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s) with filtered warm water, lemongrass essential oil, lavender essential oil with reusable cloth wipes in an airtight container. Will this be enough to wipe down surfaces in my massage treatment room where numbers of people will soon be visiting? They suggest making a new batch each week, washing the cloths in washing machine in between. Thank you for your time and consideration.

    • For wiping down surfaces it’s a bit tricky, because part of the action of soap is also the washing off of the soap and all of the dirt and microbes that it has captured. On a wipe like you’re describing, the soap is quite dilute and you are not rinsing the soap off, so that may reduce its efficacy.

      We cannot make specific claims about our soap’s ability to prevent viruses, as we have not tested it for that purpose. That said, the CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or using a an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, should soap and water not be available.

      • Elizabeth Rush

        thank you very kindly

  • American Woman

    Love Dr. Bronner’s going on 30 years, now! My question is, would it be safe to allow delicate herbs, lettuce leaves, tomatoes or berries to soak fully submerged in a ‘bubble bath’ of castile soap for a period of 15 minutes before rinsing? I ask this, because I’ve read a research paper that showed, through testing, that some of the virus particles were still stable and infectious in soap suds at the 5 minute mark, but completely destroyed at the 15 minute mark. 20 seconds is enough to ‘loosen’ it from our skin or produce with ‘scrubbing’ under running water, but scrubbing is not possible with some food items, which is why I’m thinking to soak them before rinsing. Thank you!

    • I’m not sure. It depends what you mean what your dilution is and what you mean by safe. First off, from my understanding, the risk of getting an infection from food is very low—the much higher risk is from other people in the grocery store. Given that, I would use a low dilution to give your veggies a bath, as recommended on the cheat sheet. Soap is alkaline, and over time it will certainly damage more tender leaves, and that is the one potential danger… though I haven’t tested it to see how long you can leave veggies in a soap bath before this happens. If you use a low dilution and rinse thoroughly, there should be no danger of ingesting soap.

  • Krystal Spectrum

    Dr. Bronners is the only soap I buy. I have been using your products all my life. How can I work for this awesome company. We need more soap wisdom here in Tampa FL. Metropolitan ministries Tampa FL. Thank you for Saving my life and saving all lives. Thank you K