So, it turns out that many cleaning fluids, such as anti-bacterial liquid soap, contain something called methylisothiazolinone, a chemical found to be allergenic, cytotoxic and linked to nerve cell death, as well as Triclosan, another anti-bacterial chemical registered with the Environmental Protection Agency as a pesticide and is believed to destroy fragile aquatic ecosystems.
The obvious alternative to using these chemical-filled detergents is simply to use all-natural bar soap. But, waaa, you don't like bar soap because it slips into the sink, looks messy and "dirty" sitting in its dish, and then it gets so tiny that you can't use it anymore. What to do? You can make natural liquid soap from a bar! To learn how,
- 4 oz. bar of natural soap
- 1 gallon of distilled water
- 1 big pot
- Hand mixer
Here are the steps, summarized from Suite 101:
- Grate your bar of soap.
- Heat the water just enough to steam.
- Add the grated soap to the water.
- Take the mixture off of the heat, and let it sit for 15 minutes.
- Blend the mixture, with a hand mixer if you have one.
- Let it sit overnight.
- Make sure the mixture is completely blended. If not, blend again, and let it sit. Then, blend again.
- Pour it into an olive oil bottle and wash your hands!