The sun is shining in our neck of the woods, the birds are singing, and aside from the coffee maker biting the dust this morning, it’s a pretty good Friday. Hopefully you’re all having a similar experience (minus the coffee maker fiasco, because that just sucks), and are ready to head on into the weekend.
Earlier this week we mentioned that some changes were coming to Mop Up Your Mess this summer, and with that we also got to talking about harsh chemicals that can be found in everyday cleaners. It was a real eye opener to some, because you don’t necessarily think of the things you use to clean your house with as harmful. Well, think again.
One of the ingredients on that list was Triclosan, a chemical that can be found in antibacterial soaps that actually accelerates the growth of drug-resistant bacteria in your body, meaning if you get sick and the doctor prescribes you some antibiotics…they might not work so well.
Thankfully we have a solution with a recipe that will allow you to whip up your own batch of foaming hand soap in no time. The best part? It’s all natural, so you don’t have to worry about any toxic chemicals seeping into you body.
What You’ll Need
- First, you’re going to want to get a foaming soap dispenser. There are two ways you can go about doing this. You can either buy a bottle of foaming hand soap and toss all that liquid out, or you can pick up some empty bottles to start with on Amazon, or check out your local dollar store.
- Essential oils are a must, and you can use any scent you’d like.
- 1/2 teaspoon of natural liquid oil, such as almond or coconut.
- 12 ounces of water.
- 2 tablespoons of liquid castile soap.
Now that you’ve got all your ingredients and soap dispenser gathered together, it’s time to move on to the simple process of making your own foaming hand soap.
Fill the soap dispenser with water, leaving about 1 inch of space from the top. 1 1/2 inch would be ideal.
Add the 2 tablespoons of liquid castile soap. Note: You do not want to add the soap first, otherwise when you pour in the water it will create a bunch of bubbles.
Add the 1/2 teaspoon of natural liquid oil. This will help to prolong the life of your soap dispenser.
Add your favorite essential oils. Start with 30 drops and see how that works for you, but feel free to go as high as 60 drops. Keep in mind that essential citrus oils have natural antibacterial properties, so adding lemon or orange oils will make this soap even more beneficial to your health.
Secure the lid on your dispenser and gently swirl everything around to mix it all together.
Use this as you would any other foaming hand soap that you buy at the store.
That’s it, you’re all done. This is such an easy, simple alternative to those other antibacterial soaps that contain chemicals that aren’t so friendly to your skin, or the environment. Studies have shown that washing for 20-30 seconds with natural soap is just as beneficial as washing with antibacterial soap, and it doesn’t come with the risk of chemicals entering your body, so what have you got to lose?
You’re going to be seeing a lot more recipes for DIY stuff around here in the future, so we hope you enjoyed this little nugget. Not only are projects like this one fun to do, but in the end you’ll save yourself a bunch of cash by doing it yourself, while creating a safe alternative to name brand products that are loaded with chemicals.
Have a fabulously fun weekend, everyone. We’ll talk to you again on Monday!