- They promote drug-resistant bacteria or "superbugs" - can we spell MRSA??
- They can disrupt normal hormone function associated with brain and reproductive development, including thyroid hormone, estrogen, and testosterone levels. This can affect learning, behavior, fertility, and the growth of cancerous cells.
- Because these chemicals get washed down the drain, they get into our waterways. They can disrupt normal ecosystems (the natural flora of bacteria) that is needed to support the lives and reproduction of animals - i.e. fish, frogs, etc. Not to mention the quality and safety of our water.
Dr. Bronners makes some excellent bar and liquid castile soaps. I found the price to be better at my local grocery store for the bar soaps, but I buy the liquid versions at Vitacost. They have a baby mild version which is unscented, and then several others which are already infused with essential oils (tea tree, citrus, peppermint to name a few). I like to use the tea tree liquid soap as the base for my foaming hand soap. Here is the recipe:
- Foaming soap pump - Pampered Chef has one, or you can re-purpose one that you already have
- Liquid Castile Soap of your choice - about 2 tbsp (it is VERY concentrated!)
- ~12 drops total of your favorite essential oil or blend a few (optional - especially if using the soap which already is infused with tea tree oil). You can also buy these at Vitacost or at your local grocery store or natural food store.