Soothing Non-Toxic Hand Soap [ 4 Ingredients ]

Soothing Non-Toxic Hand Soap [ 4 Ingredients ]

Soothing Non-Toxic Hand Soap [ 4 Ingredients ]

Did you know you can easily make your own soothing non-toxic hand soap at home only using 4 ingredients?

Foaming hand soap has been a favorite thing of mine since I discovered it. Like, what did we do before it, gel hand soap?…😊 But with hand soap comes a myriad of skin chapping chemicals that you don’t want to use everyday.

Triclosan Antimicrobial pesticides toxic to the aquatic environment; may also impact human reproductive systems.one of the main ingredients in anti-bacterial hand soaps and body washes.
Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl SulfateSLS and SLES are surfactants that can cause skin irritation or trigger allergies. SLES is often contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a byproduct of a petrochemical process called ethoxylation, which is used to process other chemicals in order to make them less harsh.A foaming agent in most hand soaps and shampoos.

Luckily, you can replicate a similar soap at home that  cleans dirt and removes bacteria, and is safe for you and your family to use, everyday.

I created this hand soap after feeling frustrated about having severely dry hands during the winter months in Oklahoma. My hands would feel so dry even after applying moisturizer to them.

What I realized was that I was constantly washing my hands with my favorite foaming hand soap multiple times a day.

After studying at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition I learned that what we put on our body is just as important as what goes in it. It was obvious to me what was making my hands so dry, the one thing I used every day, morning, noon, and night. My foaming hand soap!

I had already given my moisturizers an overhaul after experiencing a similar drying effect on my face (another story) so I decided it was time to remove the harmful chemicals from my soaps and shampoos. I immediately went to my local health food store and came home with what is now my staple recipe for natural hand soap. Good-bye sandpaper hands!

Soothing Non-Toxic Hand Soap

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Servings: 60

Equipment

  • empty foaming hand soap bottle (preferably glass)
  • small funnel (optional)

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Soap
  • 3/4 cup Distilled water
  • 2 Teaspoons Apricot Oil or any natural oil like almond or jojoba
  • 10-15 drops Lavender Essential Oil naturally anti-bacterial or any anti (viral, bacterial, fungal) essential oil blend

Instructions

  • Using the funnel, add the soap, oil, and water to the bottle.
  • Next, gently places drops of the desired essential oil into the bottle
  • Place the cap on the bottle and shake gently.
  • Pump twice to get the soap moving, lather, rinse, repeat.
  • Enjoy!
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According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), 38.1 million tons of food waste was created in 2017. it’s hard even to imagine how much 1 ton of food is, but 38.1 tons is unfathomable. 

In a slowed economy there isn’t a doubt that we’re at home cooking more meals. While that’s true, it’s also why it’s so important to make your purchases count.

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1. Plan your meals

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2. Check your stash first

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3. Don’t bulk buy unless you’re using it all

Bulk buying is useful for certain things, like toilet paper. If you have a large family, buying in bulk does help a lot in some instances with certain products. But buying bulk just to get a good deal? Not always a smart idea. Unless you can freeze it or it won’t expire any time soon, buying bulk might not be the best option. One way you can use bulk to your advantage, though, is to buy in bulk with a neighbor or family member. That way, you can split the cost and split the goods!

 

4. Organize your food spaces

If you want to stop throwing out money from wasting food, start organizing. Clean out the fridge and keep a habit of putting older stuff in the front, so you remember to use it.

 

5. Learn how to store food for optimum freshness

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6. Do your meal prep right after shopping

You’re never going to snack on those veggies if you don’t prep them and have them at eye-level in your fridge. On the other hand, you’re much more likely to call for pizza delivery if you don’t have all your ingredients prepped for busy weeknights. Take the time to handle it when you have downtime. It may seem like a chore, but once you get into it, you’ll wind up with more free time to enjoy yourself with and less wasted food. Use this food prep time to listen to your favorite podcasts or a book on audible. Find something that makes you look forward to doing it — and it’ll become a mini-highlight of your week.

 

7. Give fruits and veggies a second chance

Don’t overlook fruits and veggies past their prime. You can turn brown bananas into banana bread, make soups and stir-fry out of those veggies, and so much more. Even stale bread can become croutons or a superb French toast.

Learning how to make do with what you’ve got will help you cut out the food waste and have more money to spend on you!

I personally enjoy composting my food scraps. It allows us to create less trash and we only put out our trash bin to be collected about once every 6-8 weeks. With recycling and composting we’re reducing our need to create garbage. Can you imagine if we all did this? 🤯

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Hi, I'm Melissa

Holistic Health Coach

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2. Make physical activity a social event

Usually, when we catch up with friends, it’s over coffee or a meal. Try integrating physical activity into your social life so that you make it something you look forward to. Instead of going out for dinner, go on a walk together. This way, you can still talk and catch up, but you’ll be moving your body while you do it. You can also do other fun activities together, such as skating, rock climbing, or a fun fitness class. It’s always more fun to exercise when you’re doing it with a friend.

3. Pace when you’re on the phone

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4. Take a bike or walk instead of driving

If you’re going somewhere that’s not too far, try riding your bike or walk there instead of driving or taking a bus. If the destination is too far and you are taking public transit, you can walk to the next station over instead of the one closest to you and get off a few stops early to walk the rest of the way.

5. Get up when you’re sitting

If you have an office job or are working at your desk all day, you are probably spending the majority of your day sitting down, which can be unhealthy and especially bad for your posture. Take advantage of your lunch break, and take a quick stroll. Get some fresh air. Even throughout your working hours, remember to get up off your chair and even just walk to the bathroom or end of the hallway every so often. You can also do some of your work standing up, when at all possible. If you work from home, consider getting a standing or height-adjustable desk, or sit on a medicine ball instead of a chair.

 

Which one of these tips do you use already? Leave a comment with how you’ll be more intentional with some of these tips?

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