Clean Hands aren’t Toxic

One winter break in college, I worked for a company that sold all things smelly-good. Lotions, candles, soaps.

Your home wasn’t complete until every sink in the house donned your favorite scent. You couldn’t visit someone without smelling of vanilla or cucumbers or apple pie when you left.

Since then, we know a little more about what we’re buying when we give in to the gimmicks and the desire to smell like a cookie after using the restroom.

First, CNN reported on chemicals from antibacterial soaps that had been banned. Once that sparked our interest, we pressed on and found cancer causing chemicals lurking in those soaps.

The irony isn’t lost on me. What cleans us on the outside makes us filthy on the inside.

The first step is to decide if what you’re using is safe or if it needs a quick tossing.

For your convenience, I’ll share some of the most common offenders below.

Here’s a quick reminder of how rates products:


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No! Not the Minnie Mouse soap! I’ve let my children use this! I’ve personally used just about every one of these products and/or brands.

The frustrating part? How many of them, like the Minnie Mouse soap, are aimed right at children.

Okay, so there’s an obvious answer. Two, really.

1.) Buy safe in-store options.

2.) Make your own. Quick. Cheap. Always safe.

Option 1: There are more on, but I added the brands I’ve actually seen in stores.

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Option 2:


SUPER simple! Actually, it’s just taking some of the castile soap listed above (rated “1”) and stretching it out so it lasts longer, saving you even more money!

What you’ll need:

1.) Foaming Soap Dispenser for Castile Liquid Soap (there are three in this pack)

2.) Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap


1.) Fill dispenser approximately 1/3 of the way with castile soap (if you made the laundry detergent , dish soap, or makeup remover, you already have this!)

2.) Fill the rest (slowly or it gets bubbly really fast) with purified water (we use the water we filter in our fridge).

Yes, that’s it! It’s that easy!

Not only that, but I love that I always have soap on hand (ha!). I can make more as we need and know that my family is safe.

With our skin being the biggest way toxins get into our bodies, it is such a relief to know that we can immensely limit our daily intake (and our children’s!) with such a simple recipe.

I hope this can be something you can use over and again.We can stop companies from selling products that fill our bodies with junk. We can stop the rise of disease. We can make a difference.

My hope is that as more and more of us stop using the toxic products, we can collectively make a change. We can make a place for our children and grandchildren where their only options are safe ones.

What a beautiful world that would be.



2 Ingredient Hand Soap





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