Frequent hand washing, though clichéd, is one of the best ways to keep your and your family healthy. I’m not a fan, however, of all those antibacterial soaps in the marketplace. Many contain triclosan, a chemical linked to liver damage, decreased thyroid function and muscle weakness. Plus, I’m concerned that overuse of anti-bacterial soaps is contributing to the growing problem of bacterial resistance. And plain soap and water work just fine! So just soap up and wash your hands for 20 seconds. And make sure to teach your kids to wash their hands regularly, as well. I taught my kids to sing the happy birthday song, which is about 20 seconds long.
HOMEMADE FOAMING SOAP
1 cup water
1/3 cup liquid castile soap
5 drops essential oil (optional)
Soap bottle with foaming pump
Put the water and liquid castile soap into soap bottle with foaming pump, and you are good to go. It’s that simple. If you don’t want it to foam, just use a soap bottle with a regular pump. You can give yourself a little extra protection naturally by adding 5 drops of your favorite essential oil. Citrus is really nice for the kitchen, while peppermint is great anywhere. Liquid castile soap can be purchased on-line and in many health food stores. I love the old classic Dr. Bronner’s organic castile soap.
Low Dog, Tieraona. Healthy at Home, National Geographic 2012