Once I had made my own DIY foaming hand wash my only question was why I hadn’t done this a long time before. It is seriously easy, saves loads of money and the results are fantastic. It also means that you can eradicate any of the questions you might have about what ingredients are in the products available on the supermarket shelf here in Australia.
The most concerning of the chemicals found in many antibacterial hand wash products is triclosan. Triclosan was banned by the US Food and Drug Administration in September 2016 due to the concerns that long-term exposure to these chemicals could promote antibiotic resistance, disrupt hormones and potentially be carcinogenic. Australia however, has been slow to move to ban triclosan and it has currently been left up to manufacturers to respond to these concerns and decide when to phase out the ingredient. Most retailers have said they anticipate this will be by November this year. Until triclosan is banned outright it is hard to know what products actually contain the concerning chemical.
The good news is that it is easy to avoid all this uncertainty by making your own DIY foaming hand wash. To get started you will need a soap dispenser that has the mechanism to create the foam. The ByMe store stocks a beautiful amber glass foaming soap dispenser. Glass is perfect for DIY mixtures as it is long lasting and doesn’t have the problem of deteriorating over time and leaching the chemicals from plastic. This is especially important when using essential oils as they react with plastic.