Have you ever read the label on your hand soap? I am a label reader, but even I have never read my soap bottle label… until the other day. I knew there’d be unpronounceable chemicals, but what I didn’t expect was that my soap- that we all wash our hands with many times each day- is actually toxic to our bodies.
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate: Causes irritation, organ system toxicity, & contamination concerns.
- Cocamidopropyl Betaine: Causes allergies, immunotoxicity , ecotoxicology (which means it’s toxic to a wide range of organisms), & contamination concerns.
- Polyquaternium-7: Causes organ system toxicity, ecotoxicology, & contamination concerns.
- Fragrance: Causes allergies, immunotoxicity, irritation to the skin, eyes, and/or lungs
*Immunotoxicity means it is toxic to our immune system.
* Ecotoxicology means it is being studied because it is toxic to a wide range of organisms.
Yeah, I know…and that’s just some of the possible and likely ingredients no matter what bottle of pump hand soap you buy off the store shelves.
Here’s the thing. What is on the store shelves is not necessarily safe.
Here is a link to the Environmental Working Group’s database for a common hand soap that I have personally bought many times at the store. Maybe it’s what you’re using now?
Did you know that you can make your own, fancy-pants, awesome smelling, natural, safe, non-toxic soap for next to nothing.
First, you’ll need a dispenser. Look around your home. Maybe you have one? Make sure it’s glass.
Start with one 8 oz Glass Soap Dispenser Bottle (I chose a dark cobalt blue glass pump to protect the essential oils from sunlight damage. You could also buy amber or use a pump you already have. Glass is the non-toxic choice since plastics leach chemicals like BPA (found in cancer tumors).
You will need just 3 ingredients. Your family will never again be “washing” with toxic chemicals.
10 Drops of Essential Oil*
* I chose to use Thieves essential oil because I love the scent and I know it’s helping to clean and purify our skin while boosting our immune systems. (I still can hardly believe I’ve been using something that is actually damaging my immune system for all these years!)
Add these the Castile soap, 10 drops of essential oil (if using), and fill the bottle with distilled water. Shake it up. That’s it.
Here is the cost breakdown if you, like me, want to know how much it’ll cost you and how much you’re saving vs buying the “natural” brand soap from the store:
One time cost of glass soap dispenser is $6.25. I couldn’t find what I wanted at any local stores, so I bought mine from Amazon and had them shipped in 2 days for free with my Prime membership (worth every penny). I didn’t include this cost in my $1.00 recipe since I’ll be using these for many years to come.
Dr. Bronner’s Hemp Baby Castile Soap, Unscented cost me $11.99 at my local high-end grocery store. You can purchase it online here for a bit more, but it’ll get delivered right to your door. Using only 1/3 Cup means at $11.99, I’m spending about $1.00 on soap.
Distilled Water, enough to fill up the dispenser, cost me about $0.05.
You can stop here and you’re cost is $1.05. Compare that to the “natural” soap bottles at the store. They’re easily $5 or more these days.
Essential Oils are the variable that you can adjust. I chose Thieves which costs about $0.14/drop. I used 10 drops for a cost of $1.40 to boost my soap from simple and straightforward to something I love and at about one third the price of anything I’d buy at store that is even close in natural-non-toxic-ness.
So, you can make up a batch of natural, non-toxic soap for about $1.05. Adding 10 drops of Thieves brought my total cost up to $2.45. If you want to keep the price lower, you could choose an oil like Grapefruit ($0.07/drop), Lemon ($0.05/drop), or Peppermint ($0.09/drop), or a combination of those.
This little post is really about me waking up and realizing how what we all think of as normal, ordinary stuff, like washing our hands, is slowly, over time, building up and poisoning our bodies. Shame on the companies that sell this toxic chemical crap. I’m done with them.
Fight the good fight and kick the chemicals to the curb along with me!
Welcome to the oily revolution and my to my Oily Wellness Tribe.