In our household, we like to keep our paws clean.
And I don't just mean clean of germs and dirt. I also mean clean of chemicals and irritants.
As part of my goal to health-ify the household, I started investing in non-toxic hand soap. There are a lot of options for hand soaps that you can buy with EWG ratings of 0. But they usually present one of two problems: a) they are ridiculously expensive, or b) they smell weird. Two problems I don't like to have.
So I tried something else.
I got myself a giant bottle of Dr. Bronner's citrus liquid castile soap. I waited until our foaming soap dispenser ran out. (If you don't have them, you can order some really inexpensive ones.) Then I did some mixing.
All you really need to make this soap is the dispenser, non-toxic liquid soap, and purified water. But I also added essential oils for a preservative and germ-killing boost, and aloe vera gel for moisture. You can purchase aloe vera gel, but just make sure it's pure. I finally was able to make use of our plant.
Buying a large bottle of soap is really economical; I estimate that each bottle of this will cost me $1-2. That is way better than just about anything in the natural soap market, and even rivals the cheapest in the regular market!
Plus, the whole process is way easy.
Non-Toxic Foaming Hand Soap
foaming soap dispenser
liquid castile soap
essential oils (optional)
1-2 tbsp aloe vera gel (optional)
The specific amount of each ingredient is not really important. If your water needs to be purified, bring it to a boil, and then allow it to sit until it reaches room temperature. Add any 4-6 drops of essential oil to the dispenser. Pour the water into your soap dispenser until it's about 3/4 full. Add the aloe vera and fill the rest of the dispenser with soap. Do not overfill, as the top will likely need to extend into the bottle a bit. It's important to add the soap last so it doesn't foam up as you add other ingredients.
I used citrus castile soap, with a few drops of grapefruit essential oil, and aloe vera gel from just one leaf. To get the gel out, start at the broken (fat) end of the stalk. Squeeze the leaf carefully to avoid the prickly parts; you should feel it sort of pop between your fingers. Then you can push the gel out. Repeat this process as you move towards the tip of the leaf.