Most of us don't realize that the hand soap we use everyday has chemicals and fragrances that damage the environment and harm animals. I agree that hand soap should have an antibacterial effect. I have little kids and I know how easily they can get sick. But this doesn't mean that we need hand soap with chemicals that we have never heard of and can't even pronounce. The organic green soaps have the same antibacterial effect but don't cause harm to the earth. I switched to green hand soap last year and I am so glad that I did. It does cost more, but I think of it as an investment for the future. I also use environmentally safe dish washing liquid and cleaning products and I've noticed that these products actually last longer than others. It's definitely worth the cost.