We all know washing our hands is an important part of good hygiene and helps us avoid harmful bacteria. But, what we put on our skin is readily absorbed into our bloodstream and most of don’t stop to think about the ingredients in our hand soap. For example, Triclosan and Triclocarban were active ingredients in most antibacterial soaps until very recently because they are known to kill bacteria. Triclosan has been part of numerous studies proving it has potential to kill human cells, alter hormone regulation, contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant “super germs,” and cause harm to the immune system. A large 2008 study designed to assess exposure to triclosan in a sample of U.S. children and adults, found triclosan in the urine of nearly 75 percent of those tested.
Finally, in 2016 the FDA banned Triclosan from hand soaps and body washes specifically (it is still common in many big brand toothpastes, kids toys, and face washes). While this is a very small partial victory, there are a number of other harmful ingredients they have failed to respond to and protect consumers from. You might wonder, doesn’t the government have to monitor ingredients to make sure they’re safe for consumers? You would think so, but unfortunately, the answer is no. Major loopholes in federal laws allow the cosmetics and skincare industries to put as many chemicals as they want into the products we use under names like “fragrance” and there are no required monitoring of health effects, no required tests, and no requirements for listing all ingredients on the label. Hidden behind the claim that their formulas are trade secrets, manufacturers are not required to disclose any ingredient information they don’t want to. SKETCHY AF.
Harmful ingredients to avoid that aren’t banned YET:
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS)
Propylene Glycol, Propylene Oxide, Polyethylene Glycol
Synthetic Fragrance (commonly listed as “fragrance”)
With all these scary ingredients lurking in products- it’s so much safer to simply go the natural way! It’s super easy and cost effective to make your own foaming hand soaps for your bathroom, kitchen sink, guest rooms etc.
Without further ado, here’s the recipe..
DIY FOAMING HAND SOAP
Time: 5 minutes
What You’ll Need:
I've been using this in my home for about 6 months and we love it! I hope you guys enjoy this super simple recipe!
tons of love,