The cleaning products found under most kitchen sinks can wreak havoc on your health and budget, as well as our planet. In The Organically Clean Home (F+W Media, 2014), author Becky Rapinchuk offers 150 easy-to-make homemade cleaning products. In this excerpt, from chapter 3 “Recipes from the Kitchen”, learn how to make a homemade antibacterial soap without harmful chemicals.
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Citrus Liquid Hand Soap
Store-bought antibacterial soap is proven to get rid of germs, but it also gets rid of the “good germs” that our bodies need to build up immunities. This fresh-smelling blend will eliminate garlic and onion odors from your hands and get your hands perfectly clean and rid of germs without the use of chemicals like triclosan.
• 1 cup liquid castile soap
• 10 drops lemon essential oil
• 10 drops orange essential oil
• 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
To make: Combine ingredients in a decorative soap pump, seal and shake thoroughly to combine.
To use: Use a pump of soap, rub hands together, and wash off with warm water.
To store: Make this citrusy hand soap one soap pump at a time. Makes 8 ounces.
Recite a nursery rhyme or sing “Happy Birthday” for a full 30 seconds while washing to effectively wash all the germs from your hands.
Unscented: Use unscented castile soap and don’t add any essential oils.
Peppermint and Lavender: Substitute 10 drops peppermint and 10 drops lavender essential oils for the lemon and orange.
Lemon and Rosemary: Substitute 10 drops rosemary essential oil for the orange.
Learn more about nontoxic cleaners in the article Why Use Organic Cleaning Products.
Excerpted from The Organically Clean Home Copyright © 2014 by Rebecca Rapinchuk, cleanmama.net, and published by F+W Media, Inc. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.