5 Reasons Castile Soap Is The Best Way To Wash Your Hands
By Kat Gal
Do you wash your hands after using the bathroom?
I bet that if I asked you this, you would nod “yes.”
But did you know that only 93% of females and 77% of males wash their hands after using the bathroom?
This is kind of disturbing, especially considering that hand washing is still the most effective way to prevent a variety of diseases, including:
- Acute gastroenteritis
- Stomach infections caused by viruses and bacteria (eg. salmonella, norovirus)
- Hepatitis A
- Surgical complications and wound infections, including MRSA
However, not all soaps are the same – WHAT KIND you use matters greatly to the health of your skin as well as your overall well-being.
Commercially available soaps may look pretty and smell fancy, but they are made with sulfates, which are detergents used in many personal care products on the market.
Here is the odd part: sulfates are actually skin and membrane irritants. And that’s not all – with repeated exposure and potentially being blended with other toxic byproducts, they can also be carcinogenic.
Moreover, most soaps are also made with sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) that is also used to degrease car engines.
SLS works its ‘magic’ by dissolving the oils from your skin, leaving your skin to dry out. Naturally, this will only make you want to buy all kinds of lotions to compensate and the drug companies will win by making money.
Not to mention that SLS is also a penetration enhancer with tiny molecules that can cross your cell membranes, making your body more vulnerable to toxic chemicals.
Vulnerability to toxic chemicals may of course lead to further skin irritations or diseases that will drive you to buy more products and medications. Again, the drug companies make more money, while your body and wallet are left to suffer.
This just doesn’t seem right, does it?
I don’t know about you, but I prefer to stay healthy, instead of giving away my money to drug companies only to receive skin irritations and diseases in return.
This is why you should forget about commercial soaps and start using castile soap instead.
Castile soap is named after Castile, a Spanish city where soap was originally made with olive oil. Today, castile soaps are made with vegetable oils like coconut, hemp, olive, palm and jojoba.
Additionally to the oils, lye is also used. The Castile soap bubbles come naturally from the saponins released from the reaction between the oil and lye, instead of SLS-bubbles in commercial soaps.
5 Reasons Why Castile Soap Is The BEST Way To Wash Your Hands
1. It does not cause irritations: Castile soaps are free from SLS or other foaming agents that may cause irritation. Castile soap also allows your skin to stay hydrated by retaining its moisture. Double win! No need to overuse lotions.
2. Castile soap is antibacterial: Most antibacterial soaps are made with triclosan that interacts with the chlorine in the water to form chloroform gas. It disrupts your hormones and can potentially lead to cancer. Castile soap has no triclosan in it, however, lab tests showed that it protects against all germs commonly found in hospital settings 99.9-100% of the time.
3. Castile soap promotes natural recovery: Castile soap promotes your skin’s natural healing properties mainly due to the oils it’s made with, such as coconut and olive oil.
4. Castile soap is excellent for your skin sensitivities: Castile soap is completely free of additives, parabens, synthetic fragrances, harmful chemicals and other products that cause or trigger allergies. Castile soaps are incredibly gentle and beneficial to your skin, leaving it smooth, soft and healthy.
5. Castile soap is non-toxic: It is a wonderful and real soap, not a chemically made detergent. It is 100% safe and biodegradable.
If you prefer liquid soap over bar soap, you can make your own liquid soap with castile soap:
- Get a hand soap dispenser: recycle an old one or buy an affordable glass container with a pump.
- Fill it with water, leaving about 1-2 inches off from the top.
- Fill the rest with liquid castile soap.
- For extra anti-bacterial protection, you can add some tea tree oil as well.
Have you ever used castile soap? Why do you recommend it? Share your experiences with us below, we love to hear from you!
Remember, while washing your hands is crucial for health, it doesn’t replace a good diet.
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Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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