It’s time to ditch the chemical shitstorm and go back to nature
Have you ever wondered what goes into commercial hand soaps and wash? A recent decision by the FDA to ban certain ingredients found in handwash really gave us food for thought.
Whatever we put on our skin is readily absorbed into our bloodstream where it can potentially cause some serious harm to our bodies. A product like handwash is something that many of us use multiple times per day! And the ingredients that are found in commercial handwash have the ability to disrupt human hormone systems and may also contain carcinogens. It’s often very surprising to most people that these every day products we can readily purchase in our supermarkets can be dangerous to our health! Especially when it was found that natural products like essential oils, castile soap and water are just as effective as anti-bacterial soaps.
But we aren’t here to load you up with problems – we’ve come up with a super simple recipe for you below to make your hand wash.
Yes, hygiene is super important but it is truly easy to make your own all natural and toxin free household cleaners and personal care products. They are a safer, all natural and of course effective option. Not only is it non-toxic and organic – it’s also heaps cheaper than the store-bought ones!! You can of course buy a non toxic handwash but we wanted to show you how simple and easy it is to make your own!
Scroll down for the recipe below or check out the video at the top of this article for step by step instructions on how to make your own DIY All Natural Handwash using essential oils (we use these incredible oils here) and natural products.
Here are 3 ingredients in commercial handwashes that have got us concerned:
Triscolan is often used in handwash as it is intended to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination. This toxic chemical has actually recently been banned in the USA in handwash by the FDA due to health concerns. That’s right – Banned! This antibacterial agent wreaks havoc on our hormone system by mimicing the hormone oestrogen – causing imbalances which leads to all kinds of health issues including fertility issues. Many people can also experience dermatitis, skin dryness and skin irritation from using handwash with this ingredient in it.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
This is a foaming agent that is found in so many personal care products like toothpaste, shampoo and body wash. This active ingredient can cause skin irritations and there are many people who are sensitive to it, but it goes so much further than that! Some findings have found SLS linked to the damage cell membranes, organ toxicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity, neurotoxicity and endocrine disruption… there is a much longer list but we will leave it there for now! It’s not something we really want to put on our skin multiple times per day.
This ingredient is found in many handwashes due to it’s preservation qualities. Parabens are known to disrupt hormones disrupt hormone function, an effect that is linked to increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive toxicity. As endocrine disruptors parabens have also been linked to fertility issues and skin irritations (contact dermatitis and rosacea are common).
Are you noticing a bit of a pattern like we did? These ingredients are linked to skin irritations and many mimic hormones in your body which can lead to serious health issues! We really urge you to start reading the ingredients on your current personal care products to see what you are REALLY putting on your skin.
Not only that, many of these toxic chemicals are extremely bad for the planet as well! NOT COOL RIGHT?!
It has never been easier to make your own handwash!
Making this handwash and switching your home to low-tox will better the health of you and your family!
All you need to make this is:
- A PET Plastic Handwash Pump or a glass pump (we use this one here from Aroma Tools)
- Essential Oils of Choice (We only use these ones here due to their purity and supreme quality)
- Castile Soap (You can purchase the one we use here and then type ‘Dr Bonners Unscented Castile Soap’ in the search bar)
- Fractionated Coconut Oil (we purchased ours through doTERRA)
The Castile Soap acts as the perfect all natural foaming agent and it’s so nice and gentle on the skin.
We have chosen to use Lemon Essential Oil and On Guard Essential Oil for this DIY All Natural Handwash. We love using lemon as it is a powerful cleansing agent and antioxidant (plus it smells divine!). On Guard is the ‘Protective Blend’ which wards off seasonal and environmental threats. It purifies and cleanses.
Some other great combo options:
- Peppermint and Tea Tree
- Spearmint and Citrus Bliss
- Wild Orange and Lemongrass
You are going to be getting the anti-bacterial benefits, the cleansing benefits, but there are no nasty chemicals and it smells incredible.
If you don’t have these oils in your life yet you can pop over to here to grab your oils or you can go back to the person who introduced you to this video! There has never been a better time to ditch the chemical shitstorm and go back to nature.
- Handwash Pump
- 10 drops Essential Oil (we used 5 drops Lemon and 5 drops On Guard)
- 2 tbs Castile Soap
- 1 tbs Fractionated Coconut Oil
- Grab your Handwash pump bottle and remove the lid
- Add the essential oils of choice to the bottle
- Add 2 tbs Castile Soap
- Add 1 tbs Fractionated Coconut Oil
- Slowly fill the pump with water (not too fast as the Castille soap will foam). Don't fill the water all the way to the top, leave a bit of room.
- Shake and its ready to use!
- Refer to blog post for other essential oil combinations to use in this handwash and where to purchase the items for this DIY Handwash
We would love to hear how you go making this DIY All Natural Handwash!
Nourishing Your Essence – always!
Matt and Nat