Chemical Free?! That was my response, two years ago, when a friend of mine started selling oils and talking to me about how I can make my own chemical free cleaning products to clean my house. At first I was like “Yeah, yeah, whatever,” but when she started talking to me about all these chemicals that we come into contact with on a daily basis it made me rethink everything. Why wouldn’t I make my own cleaning products that are better for me and my home as well as the environment? Well, I can tell you one reason why… Oils cost money and it would cost me a fortune to get this “project” started and keep it going. I decided to make the jump anyway and started my collection with just a few of the basic essential oils that are most commonly used: Frankincense, Melaleuca, Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint and OnGuard.
I decided to make 2 products to start: Foaming hand soap and an All Purpose Cleaner. I loved my foaming hand soap and quickly realized making my own soap ended up being cheaper than buying a new soap every month. And, the All Purpose Cleaner was amazing! I couldn’t believe how well it worked and I was even more excited that it was chemical free.
While my initial goal with essential oils was to find a natural way to clean my house without the use of chemicals, these oils have quickly become a huge part of my everyday use. I constantly find myself asking “what oil can I use for this?” I now make my own face wash, anti-aging serum, face moisturizer, room sprays, immune boosting roller balls, etc., and I even made a baby basket for my sister and her newborn son, providing her with baby wipes, baby lotion, antibacterial spray, etc. I love doing this so much that I would now like to share a recipe for foaming hand soap with you before I close.
Foaming Soap dispenser
2 T Castile Soap (such as Dr. Bronner’s)
½ tsp to 1 tsp of fractionated coconut oil
15-30 drops of essential oil of your choice
While essential oil users will debate which company is better, I believe that everybody needs to do their own research. It is important to make sure that whichever company you choose to use that they are CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade). I hope you are able to find the same sense of joy and enthusiasm around making your life chemical-free as I have.
This blog was written by Rebecca Bonnel, Professional Pilates Instructor at Movement U, Department within Body Kinetics Mill Valley and Novato.