In nursing school, I was taught that the number one way to prevent the spread of disease is hand-washing. And much to my surprise, I also learned that I had not been washing my hands properly all of my life. Soap is important, but what's actually more important is the action, the vigorous rubbing of all surfaces to mechanically remove dirt and germs.
Here is how the World Health Organization recommends handwashing be carried out:
If you're a liquid hand soap user, below is an all-natural DIY recipe that's inexpensive, so easy and a great alternative to the commercial gunk that you buy at the store.
This recipe is a wonderful project to do with your kids, especially at Holiday time, when they can give this soap as a gift. Amazon sells the foaming dispensers and Dr. Bronner's (linked), and Avery sells labels with free templates that you can down load, customize, and print right at home.
Easy Peasy Foaming Hand Soap
You'll need one (8oz.) foaming dispenser,
To which you will add:
- 2 oz. Dr. Bronners Organic Baby Castile Soap
- 2 tsp. of either sweet almond oil, avocado oil, or fractionated coconut oil (optional, but the addition of a bit of oil makes the soap super conditioning)
- 20 drops of essential oil of your choice
- Fill the bottle with 6 oz. distilled water
- Screw the pump dispenser cap onto the bottle
- That's it! You're done