Non Toxic D.I.Y Hand Sanitizer

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HAPPY GLOBAL HAND WASHING DAY, GUYS!!!! (well…tomorrow)

Autumn is here, and now that we are living in the Midwest again, I am beyond excited to experience everything that my favorite season has to offer! That being said, a couple of things that tend to increase around this time of the year are colds and flu – not cool, guys!

Of course, one of the biggest preventatives of these bugs, along with many other diseases and illnesses is to wash your hands regularly. Did you know that October 15 is global hand washing day?!? Good timing for this post, huh? I decided to get a jump on it, and publish this the day before, so that you all could have this recipe to celebrate on the actual day! ūüėČ

So, the question is, what to do when you’re out and about, and there’s no soap and water to wash your hands at a time when you need to (think porta-potties, being out in nature, etc)? Hand sanitizers are a great alternative, but the problem with that is that most store-bought hand sanitizers contain questionable ingredients at best, and downright dangerous ingredients at worst! Some of these ingredients to avoid in hand sanitizers and hand soaps are as follows:

  • Triclosan
  • SLS (Sodium Laurel Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate)
  • Parabens
  • DEA
  • Fragrance and Artificial Colors
  • Pthalates
  • Propylene Glycol

The list goes on and on, guys. These ingredients can be responsible for disrupting hormones, respiratory distress, skin rashes and reactions, allergies, immunotoxicity, organ system toxicity, neurotoxicity, and on and on…ugh! The following pin links to an article going into further detail of each of these ingredients to avoid in soaps and sanitizers.

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Okay, now that all that yuckiness is out of the way, on to the good news! Making your own hand sanitizer is really easy! The recipe I’ve come up with is actually great for moisturizing the skin, and it’s free of any toxic ingredients! Awesome!

NON TOXIC D.I.Y HAND SANITIZER

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. rubbing alcohol (If the rubbing alcohol concerns you, you can also use witch hazel in its place to make the recipe gentler and alcohol free, or you can even use vodka for a weaker alcohol in its place)
  • 3 Tbsp. aloe vera gel
  • 1 Tbsp. aloe vera oil
  • 1/4 tsp.colloidal silver (optional)
  • 8 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 10 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 7 drops lavender essential oil

Directions:

1.) Put all of the ingredients in a small bowl, and stir to combine completely.

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2.) Carefully pour the mixture into a small bottle container, cover and shake to combine even more. Anytime you need to sanitize your hands, apply a small amount onto your hands and rub in.

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Safe, non-toxic, moisturizing, and it works! Enjoy!

DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor, and any recipe for food, beauty products, cleaning products, or the like is not a means of diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure for any disease or condition, mental or physical, real or imaginary.

Homemade Pain Relieving Gel – Safe and Non-Toxic

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Last week, I woke up and realized that I am getting old! ¬†Somehow, I managed to sleep wrong (is that even a thing?), and I woke with a major kink on the right side of my neck/trap muscle. ¬†OUCH! ¬†I tried stretching it, heating it with a grain bag, massaging it, etc. but it just wouldn’t give!

Because I had a busy day in front of me, I knew I needed something that could dull the pain while this thing calmed down. ¬†I don’t do pain relievers such as ibuprofen unless it is a dire emergency, so I tried to think of something to use that would help throughout the day. ¬†Icy hot/Ben Gay came to mind, but I wasn’t sure about the ingredients in them. ¬†Thankfully, I knew about the EWG (Environmental Working Group) website.

The EWG website’s skin deep cosmetic guide is a great tool to figure out if any beauty product or ingredient is safe. ¬†The following pin gives some useful facts and links to the website.

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I¬†hopped on my computer and within a couple of minutes, I discovered that those Icy Hot/Ben Gay products aren’t too great…I’ve seen worse, but I knew I could do better. ¬†I looked at the main ingredients, and saw menthol and camphor as a common ingredient. ¬†Both of these have an excellent safety rating on the site so I figured why not make my own pain relieving cream/gel with these as my main ingredients?

Guess what? ¬†It worked!!! ¬†Both in that the recipe turned out great – it’s safe and non-toxic, and it helped to relieve my pain throughout the day as long as I reapplied as needed. ¬†I am also happy to report that the kink finally let up a few days later, and I’m doing much better now. ¬†I’m so glad that I now have this cream/gel recipe on hand for any future incidents that may arise! ¬†It is perfect for runners as it will soothe away any soreness after a great workout! ¬†Heck, it’s perfect for anyone that gets minor aches and pains here and there!

HOMEMADE SAFE AND NATURAL PAIN RELIEVING GEL

Ingredients (I made a small batch since I knew I would only need a little bit.  This recipe makes about 2 ounces of gel, but you can easily double or even triple the recipe to make more):

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. beeswax pellets
  • 3-4 drops of Camphor oil
  • 3-4 drops of Eucalyptus oil
  • 1 tsp. Menthol Crystals¬†(You can also use 3-4 drops of peppermint oil or menthol oil in place of the menthol crystals, but I find that the crystals make the recipe more effective)

Directions:

1.) In a small sauce pan, completely melt the coconut oil and beeswax pellets over medium heat.  Remove from heat and add the camphor oil, eucalyptus oil, and menthol crystals.  Stir till completely dissolved. Pour into a glass container.

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2.) Allow to sit until it solidifies (About an hour or so).

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Rub into those painful areas an get ready for some sweet (and safe) relief! Enjoy! ūüôā

Homemade non-toxic hand soap and a homemade mason jar foaming soap dispenser

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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.)

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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) РThis 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

Ingredients:

  • 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.

Directions:

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!

Materials:

  • Pint Size Mason Jar
  • Foaming Soap Dispenser (just the actual dispenser (top))
  • Hammer
  • Nail
  • black marker
  • glue gun
  • marbles (optional)

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Directions:

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.

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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.

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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.

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Now your dispenser will fit nicely on the lid.

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4.) Now glue the soap dispenser to the lid using your glue gun.

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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!

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Enjoy! ūüôā

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