We are already well into Autumn so the weather is likely to change very soon. The first frost of the year will be coming any day now. Many places experience this just before or right after Halloween. With the rapid change in weather and our busy modern lives, we can sometimes get caught unprepared and it can become quite easy to catch a bug and end up in bed with a cold or the flu!
Learn how important it is to protect yourself and your loved ones!
Other than doing the basics, like staying hydrated, getting a good nights’ rest and making sure you have a well-balanced diet, we all need to make a real habit out of frequently washing our hands. The variety of dirt and bacteria we touch and come into contact with in our daily lives is astonishing. We need to treat this seriously because keeping our hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick.
October 15th , 2015 was Global Handwashing Day - The CDC says that hand-washing is a “do-it-yourself” vaccine that can stop illness in its tracks!
So, it is very important that we protect ourselves by washing our hands with soap multiple times daily. However, instead of buying another artificial product from the grocery store that might be laced with parabens, triclosan, sodium sulfates or other carcinogenic chemicals, we are going to show you how to make a simple, natural, cheap and effective DIY hand soap that will help you both save money and fight illness.
What is most interesting is that essential oils like eucalyptus, rosemary, lemon, peppermint, tea tree and many others are natural antiseptics, antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal, so they are extremely good at killing the things that can potentially make us sick!
"We use oregano oil to kill the bad bacteria and cinnamon oil to support the good bacteria." – The Atlantic, how industry in the USA are using essential oils to slowly replace antibiotics
Let us teach you a way to make something that is cheap, natural, performs great and smells heavenly!
Firstly, since most things are so easily available you can start with:
We suggest you fill your container up with about ¾ of liquid soap.
You can even add citronella as an insect repellent. Perhaps cinnamon and sweet orange as well.
Please be sure to add no more than 3% diluted essential oil. If 15- 20 drops = 1 ml then you should put no more than 60 drops maximum for a 100ml bottle (3.3 ounces). Start with 20 total and add more until you achieve your desired level of scent!
Make sure you get yourself a couple convenient little carrying containers like these (for essential oil diluted <3% plastic can be ok) or nice glass ones like here or here so you can have one in your car, in your bag and at work and home!
The final product may be less viscous than the commercial hand soap you’re used to, but then again, it does not contain about 50 chemicals you cannot pronounce! Once you lather up you will get the same hand cleansing effect, but without the toxic side effects! Remember to share this with your friends and family. DIY hand soap makes a great gift too!