Excerpt from Healthy at Home by Tieraona Low Dog, M.D.
We all know that one of the most effective ways to prevent infectious illness is to wash our hands. That’s because the vast majority of microbes are transmitted from your hands to your nose and mouth. You should always wash your hands after using the bathroom, changing a diaper, before preparing or eating food, and whenever you are caring for someone who is sick. You do not need to use antibacterial soap. I’m not a fan of most of these products, as many contain triclosan, a chemical linked to liver damage, decreased thyroid function, and muscle weakness. Plus, I’m concerned that overuse of antibacterial soaps is contributing to the growing problem with bacterial resistance. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), antibacterial-containing products have not been proven to prevent the spread of infection better than products that do not contain antibacterial chemicals. In other words, plain soap and water work just fine! So just soap up and wash your hands for 15 seconds. I taught my kids to sing the happy birthday song, which is about—you guessed it—15 seconds long.
- 1 cup water
- ⅓ cup liquid castile soap (5)
- 5 drops essential oil (optional)
- Put the water and liquid castile soap into a soap bottle with a foaming pump, and you are good to go. It’s that simple!
- If you don’t want it to foam, just use a soap bottle with a regular pump.
- You can give yourself a little extra protection naturally by adding 5 drops of your favorite essential oil. Citrus is really nice for the kitchen, while lavender or peppermint are great for the bathroom.
Liquid castile soap can be purchased online and in many health food stores. I love the old classic Dr. Bronner’s organic castile soap.