I’ve started making my own hand soap of late for a few reasons… 1. Because it’s more cost-effective, 2. It’s better for the environment as I don’t go through so many plastic bottles of soap, and the ingredients used are more natural and less harmful on our beautiful oceans and ecosystems, 3. Because it’s all natural, you aren’t putting any toxic ingredients on your delicate skin (which can be absorbed into your bloodstream) and so it’s better for your health! 4. I wanted to avoid anything that contained antibacterial ingredients.
So why have I started avoiding antibacterial products? Good question! 😉 Antibacterial soaps and other products have been shown to impact your gut microbiome (gut bacteria) in a negative way. It has been said that by exposing our bodies to these antibacterial substances, the bacteria in/on our bodies have started to develop antibiotic resistance. Antibacterial chemicals may also be a contributing factor to hormone disruption too. Overusing these chemicals has also taken its toll on the environment. It get’s washed away into the water system where, even after treatment, they’re still finding these chemicals in waterways and streams all over the world. It appears to affect algae and marine life, showing alarming rates of these chemicals in their blood.
But We Need Antibacterial Chemicals to Properly Clean Our Hands!
Actually, this may not be the case. Plain soap and water have proven to be just as effective as antibacterial soaps without the risk. So this natural soap is not an antibacterial soap, but it works just as well and is simple to make, cost-effective, and smells aaaaamazing!
Note: If you are concerned about the lack of antibacterial ingredients included in this simple soap recipe, you can add some natural antibacterial ingredients for yourself. Simply include some fractionated coconut oil, and a blend of germ-fighting essential oils like peppermint, eucalyptus, clove, tea tree, and cinnamon leaf (if you have sensitive skin, use less essential oils).
Liquid Hand Soap Recipe
Before you begin, find a foaming hand soap dispenser. You can either reuse one that contained hand soap in it before, or ask a friend for an empty soap dispenser they might have, or look around at the shops for a bottle of foaming hand soap, and once you’ve used it, save the container to make your own!
Once you’ve collected your foaming dispenser, here is the super easy recipe:
- 12 oz of water (distilled or boiled is preferable, but if you’re going to use it within a few weeks, normal water is fine)
- 2 tbsp liquid castile Soap
- ½ tsp liquid oil (like olive, almond, or jojoba oil)
- 15 drops tea tree essential oil (optional)
- 5-10 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
- Add the water to soap dispenser (you want to add the water first, not the soap otherwise it will create bubbles) and leave about 1 inch at the top (to ensure there’s space for the soap to be added and so that it doesn’t overflow when you pop the foaming pump on).
- Add the liquid castile soap to the water mixture, then the essential oils (if using) Note: by adding essential oils it helps preserve the life of the dispenser.
- Pop the lid on and lightly swish to mix.
- Lightly swish the soap in the dispenser before using, then squirt a small amount on your hands as needed, rinsing with water.
As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products.
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Why have you chosen to make your own soap? Have you made it before in the past? What recipe did you use? Share with me in the comments below!
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