Foaming Hand Soap
When you see how easy, healthy and inexpensive it is to make your own foaming hand soap, you’ll never go back to a store-bought brand again.
Why? Because most foaming hand soaps on the market contain a long list of antibacterial ingredients and synthetic fragrances that can be highly toxic. But this DIY version? It contains just two natural ingredients.
Did you know that the average American woman puts 12 to 20 products on her skin every day?
Stop to think for a moment about your daily routine: shampoo, conditioner, styling product(s), soap, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, cosmetics, sunscreen … it all adds up so quickly.
Now consider the fact that your skin is your biggest organ. And that everything you put on it is absorbed into your body.
Kind of makes you want to know exactly what is in those products, right? Especially given the fact that 80 percent of the ingredients have never been tested for safety.
During my grocery store tours, I teach my clients how to read the labels of the products they find on the shelves. And I stress that it is equally important to read the labels on the personal products they use.
As a general rule, if an ingredient sounds like a chemical it likely IS a chemical, and is not something you want on your skin. How can you tell for sure? The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database is an excellent resource, as it contains detailed information on over 64,000 products.
But fragrance is everywhere and everyone is using it … why is it such a concern?
According to the Environmental Working Group, more than 75 percent of products listing the ingredient “fragrance” contain phthalates, which have been shown to disrupt hormone activity, reduce sperm counts, and cause liver and breast cancer, diabetes, and obesity. Studies have also linked fetal exposure with autism, ADHD, and neurological disorders.
As if that isn’t bad enough, manufacturers can hide hundreds of synthetic chemicals within the word fragrance, making it impossible to know exactly what you are putting on your skin.
Thankfully, it is really easy to make your own personal care products at home. And making your own foaming hand soap is a great place to start. I’ve been making it for years, and have found this DIY version to be just as effective as any brand I’ve purchased.
Give it a try and let me know what you think.
- Distilled or boiled water
- 2 Tablespoons liquid pure-castile soap (I love Dr. Bronner's Baby Unscented Pure-Castile Soap)
- Fill the soap dispenser to the top, leaving approximately 1 inch to allow room for liquid pure-castile soap and the top of the soap dispenser
- Add the liquid pure-castile soap
- Place top on soap dispenser and shake gently to mix