Did you know you can make non-toxic hand soap at home very inexpensively?
Before I get to my easy recipe to make your own hand soap, here are some toxic chemicals commonly found in hand soap that you want to avoid:
Most hand soaps contain some kind of fragrance. First, you don’t really know what it means when fragrance is listed on a label because the fragrance industry isn’t required to disclose the ingredients used in their products. The reason you want to avoid fragrance is that when absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream they can pose health risks including endocrine disruption, allergies, asthma, and neurotoxicity. They also add to the toxic load in our bodies.
These are preservatives that are used in a wide variety of personal care products. They can mimic the behavior of estrogen in the body and are associated with endocrine disruption, cancer, and developmental toxicity. They are also toxic to our environment.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
This is used as a surfactant and emulsifier to add foaming & sudsing benefits in hand soaps. The health concern with this chemical is the irritation of the skin, eyes, and lungs.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
Also a surfactant common in hand soaps. There can be several negative health effects that can occur depending on the type of exposure. This can again cause irritation to the eyes, lungs, and skin. Studies have also shown concerns about non-reproductive organ system toxicity.
You can see there is good reason to make your own hand soap to reduce the toxic load on your body and save yourself some money!
Here is my easy & simple DIY non-toxic hand soap:
DIY Non-Toxic Hand Soap Recipe
2 tsp. Liquid Coconut Oil
10-15 drops your favorite essential oil – I use OnGuard from doTerra
I love these mason jar foaming soap dispensers!!!
Add the soap, coconut oil, essential oils and then top off with distilled water.
In Health & Happiness,