DIY Liquid Hand Soap

 

liquid-hand-soapHave you heard the recent news from the FDA? They have banned the marketing of certain ingredients commonly used in antibacterial soap.

“Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). “In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.”

This is not new information. In December 2013, the FDA announced they were studying antibacterial soaps to determine if the benefits outweighed the risks.

So what can we do to help stay well and avoid catching or spreading infectious diseases?

First, wash your hands following the procedure recommended by the Center for Disease Control .

Next, mix up your own liquid hand soap to use in my kitchen. I took two recipes (this and this) and created my own:

liquid-hand-soap-mixingIn a glass jar put:

1/4 cup distilled water
1/4 cup castille soap

In a spoon put:

1/2 Tablespoon sweet almond oil
20 drops Thieves essential oil blend* (or create your own blend with essential oils that you like)

Add to water and soap mixture in the jar and stir until thoroughly blended.

Pour the liquid soap mixture into a glass or porcelain container with a pump.

Note: This mixture is thinner than what I am used to.

*Thieves essential oil blend is made of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary essential oils. It was inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals they used while robbing the dead and dying. You can purchase Thieves blend through my link – just search for Thieves or any essential oils or blends you like.

 

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