Every year people make resolutions for the New Year. The #1 resolution is to loose weight, however, this post is not about loosing weight it’s about the #3 resolution, Spending Less and Saving More.
Foaming hand soap is expensive when you consider that the main ingredient is water, that’s right, approximately 80% of that pump bottle is water! Many of these foaming soaps are being marketed to our children; brightly colored bottles, familiar cartoon characters, and silly scents are aimed to peak a child’s interest, one bottle stated “Foaming Hand Soap For Kids, Encourages Proper Hand Washing”. I looked at the label and it contained: Water , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Glycerin , Cocamidopropyl Betaine , DMDM Hydantoin , Castoryl Maleate , Fragrance , PEG 7 Glyceryl Cocoate , PEG 120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate , Tetrasodium EDTA , Citric Acid, Benzophenone 4 , FD&C Yellow #5, D&C Yellow #10 , D&C Green #5. A quick check of the Environmental Working Group, Skin Deep Database shows that many of these ingredients can cause allergic reactions, organ system toxicity, and some of the ingredients have been linked to cancer.
So, if you want to save money, and reduce your toxic load in 2014 you can make your own non-toxic foaming hand soap. A few simple ingredients, most of which can be purchased on-line or at your local health food store, and in a few minutes…voila, foaming hand soap!
Liquid Castile Soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild, Unscented)
Filtered, Distilled or cooled Boiled Water
Optional: Essential Oil (¼ teaspoon is usually plenty)
Optional: ½ teaspoon of Liquid Oil (Almond, Sunflower, Glycerin, or Vitamin E Oil)
Fill the soap dispenser with water (leaving approximately 1 ¼ inches from the top for the foaming pump, soap, oil, and essential oil to be added).
Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of liquid castile soap to the water. (NOTE: do not add the soap first, it gets foamy and messy when you add the water).
Add the optional oil (this prevents the dispenser from sticking).
Add your favorite essential oil.
Place the pump onto the bottle and tighten (Do this over a sink in case you overfill your bottle).
Gently mix by turning the bottle upside down a few times.
Note on Essential Oils: Remember that some essential oils are stronger than others, and some may cause skin irritation. If your skin is very sensitive, or you don’t have access to high quality food grade essential oils simply make unscented soap. We have been using Young Living Essential Oils for 5 years and have never had an allergic reaction to their oils. If using essential oils experiment with your scents; this time of year when colds, viruses and the flu are rampant we like Thieves Soap for its antibacterial properties. Combining oils like Cloves and Citrus make a nice masculine scent. Lemon is refreshing and great in the kitchen, Lavender is soothing, and Peppermint is invigorating. If you have children get them involved in choosing their favorite scent, and let them decorate the plain bottles using their favorite stickers or permanent colored markers. This will encourage hand washing in your children, without the added toxins from the commercially available foaming hand soaps.