We are all washing our hands a whole lot more these days. (For many it’s been a wake up call about how dirty our hands can be!)
But what sort of hand wash is the best to use? You want a soap that will clean effectively. But at the same time, some soaps can be a lot harsher on the skin. Have you found your hands getting dry or cracked?
While I do use bar soaps, I also like to use a liquid hand wash. And my favourite is one you can easily customise at home.
The base to this mix is a Liquid Castile Soap, a product that is made from natural oils and ingredients, and which I find is more gentle on the skin than many commercial hand washes which are, in effect, detergents.
Using a gentle hand wash still gets you hands clean. But it does not tend to make your skin as dry as some of those other hand washes.
At these times when we are looking for benefits for the immune or respiratory systems, essential oils can help. They can also be beneficial for stress, tension and anxiety, depending on the essential oils you use.
To make your liquid hand soap, pour your unscented Liquid Castile Soap into a bowl or jug. (I recommend using a glass or glazed ceramic container as these will not absorb or react with the essential oils.) Then add your essential oils at the rate of up to 20 drops essential oil to every 100ml or Liquid Castile Soap. Stir well but slowly (so as not to create too many bubbles) until thoroughly mixed. Then decant into a pump bottle (you can buy bottles here) or use a recycled hand wash bottle or a refillable bottle if you have one at home.
And there you are! So simple! And using your own customised hand wash will make washing your hands something you look forward to rather than a chore!
If you are looking for some inspiration, here are a few essential oil combinations that I particularly like –
5 drops Lime Essential Oil
8 drops Orange Sweet Essential Oil
7 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
8 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
12 drops Mandarin Essential Oil
6 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
9 drops Lemon Essential Oil
10 drops Bergamot Essential Oil
7 drops Lavender Essential Oil
3 drops Geranium Essential Oil
Or try your own choice of essential oils - Share your favourite combinations below!