The last 6 weeks or so has brought hygiene to the forefront of people’s minds, and that’s a really good thing. Our awareness of the possibility of contaminated surfaces is heightened, and hand washing habits are improving! All at the same time, I’ve seen a lot friends suffering from cracks, irritated skin, rashes, and more from all the extra scrubbing.
I’m here to tell you, it’s not just because of the extra washes. I’ve noticed a trend – those who have lamented about their wounded skin are using hand soaps that are laden with toxic chemicals. Things that cause skin irritation, but can also have much worse effects on us. All those open wounds – makes you wonder what might be getting into your skin BECAUSE of your hand soap
All these things to make the soap look and smell pretty and last longer can add up to over 3000 toxic chemicals in just one bottle.
Are you cleaning your hands with toxic substances? I’ve compiled list of toxins to watch out for in hand soaps. I’ll tell you why the manufacturers include them, what the possible side effects of these ingredients could be, and names to look out for on the label.
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Now that you have this list, how do you go about actually finding a healthy hand soap? The first tip I will give you is to turn over the bottle and look for the ingredients. If you don’t see them, that’s a big red flag. If you want to be absolutely sure, the ingredients may be available online. Check back with this list, or search each one to find out where it comes from, and whether or not it’s toxic to your body.
The coolest part about them is that I discovered I can get about 5 bottles from each one. I take out all but the last 3/4″ or so and put it in another container and store it under the sink. Then I fill the rest of the bottle with water. It’s plenty foamy, and makes it last so much longer!
When you use the bar soaps, be sure you have a soap dish that drains. They will last a really long time if they are able to dry out properly between uses.
Also, cut off a thin slice or two before you put these in your shower – you can keep a little by the sink, or have a small amount to travel with.
And the dish soap – we get about 8 bottles by using just 1″ of the soap at a time and filling the rest with water. (Add a tsp of baking soda for a little more bubbles – natural soaps don’t bubble much)
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