With flu season peaking pretty much everywhere here in the states, having an effective hand soap is essential to aid in the prevention of getting sick. The problem with this is that many people reach for store bought, antibacterial soaps to use, and unfortunately, these soaps contain quite a few ingredients that are really detrimental to our health. Considering we have to wash our hands even more than usual this time of year, I believe it is absolutely essential to use a soap that you know is safe, and that soap is good old Castille Soap!
This may lead you to ask “Right, but is it effective in killing germs that would cause us to become sick?”, and the answer is YES! I came across the following pin on Pinterest which links to a post that goes over how Organic Castille Soap is just as effective as the other soaps that contain dangerous antibacterials and other undesirable ingredients (fragrance, parabens, sulfates, etc.)
Some of the dangerous ingredients that are in many commercial brand hand soaps are
1.) Triclosan – this one is a big one. It is a known carcinogen and endocrine disruptor. Triclosan is so bad that some states and countries have banned it’s use in personal products. Many hospitals and doctors offices are looking for alternatives to antibacterial soaps that contain triclosan because of how often their workers have to wash their hands.
2.) Sodium Laurel Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate – These ingredients are linked to skin and eye irritation, organ toxicity, developmental/reproductive toxicity, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, ecotoxicological, and biochemical or cellular changes, and possible mutations and cancer, as reported by the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database.
3.) Parabens – these have hormone disrupting effects, can cause diminished muscle mass, and have been detected in human breast tumors.
4.) Diethanolamine (DEA) – This is linked to cancer, developmental/reproductive toxicity, allergies/immunotoxicity, and organ system toxicity.
5.) Synthetic fragrance – Synthetic fragrances often contain phthalates, which are endocrine disrupters that mimic hormones and may alter genital development.
These are five of the main offenders, but there are others as well. Obviously, you don’t want to be giving yourself a dose of these guys every time you wash your hands! Also, many of the antibacterial soaps out there that contain these chemicals are contributing to the superbug overgrowth problem that we are hearing more and more about. Thus, if there is a safe alternative that is just as effective, wouldn’t you rather use that?
I have a great homemade hand soap that I make and I put it in these cute homemade hand soap dispensers that I make out of mason jars – they’re adorable! You can use this soap without the foam dispenser, but you won’t get much lather with it, and I love how the dispenser makes it lather nicely. I will start with the soap recipe!
HOMEMADE NON-TOXIC HANDSOAP
- 1/4 cup castille soap (I use Dr. Bronners. You can use any scent you would like)
- 3/4 cup distilled water
- essential oils (optional) – I use lavender and tea tree oil (5 drops of each) for their natural antibacterial properties.
Add all the ingredients to a soap dispenser, shake a bit to combine, and you’re good to go!
It’s that easy!
Now for the dispenser!
- Pint Size Mason Jar
- Foaming Soap Dispenser (just the actual dispenser (top))
- black marker
- glue gun
- marbles (optional)
1.) Start by using a hammer and a nail to puncture holes in the center of the mason jar lid to create a hole that is big enough for you to fit the dispenser top through it.
2.) Now stick the dispenser through the hole and use your marker to mark a circle showing what needs to be cut out to get the soap dispenser to fit through it so the bottom of the dispenser is able to touch the mason jar lid.
3.) Once again, use your hammer and nail to puncture small holes around the marked circle until you are able to remove the circle all together. Use caution with this step as this will cause the edges to be rough and sharp, so take care not to cut yourself.
Now your dispenser will fit nicely on the lid.
4.) Now glue the soap dispenser to the lid using your glue gun.
5.) Your lid is done now. Lastly, just fill the mason jar with your homemade soap, and add some marbles if you would like (I like the way they look). Put your lid with the dispenser on top and seal the jar as you normally would (twisting on the lid). Ta-da! A super cute soap dispenser with safe, non-toxic, effective soap!