2 Ingredient All Natural Hand Wash For Chicken Mamas!

2 Ingredient All Natural Hand Wash For Chicken Mamas!

Nobody likes having dirty, smelly hands after being in your chicken coop, which is why I developed a simple 2 ingredient hand wash that smells good and leaves you extra sparkly.

 

Now this isn’t to say that chickens are dirty – they’re sweet, intelligent, lovable creatures.

 

But I wouldn’t be a good expert if I didn’t advise you to wash your hands – and the hands of your little ones – after touching your hens.

 

The truth is that people CAN pick up yuckies from their backyard chickens, and it’s better to know that and work around it, rather than find out the hard way (like I once did….with a diaper full of the STINKIEST green poop I’m ever likely to experience in this lifetime – lesson learned, people.)

 

2 ingredient hand wash for kids

 

How can you protect yourself?

According to the Center for Disease Control, the best way to protect yourself after handling your chickens is to wash your hands with soap and water for 30 seconds, making sure to scrub your hands.

 

Is it a cure-all? No, but it’s better than not doing it, and hand scrubbing is scientifically proven to reduce diseases.

 

You can buy soap (like my calendula hand soap here) or make your own (goat milk soap is a wonderful thing). Either way, you’re being a responsible owner by keeping yourself healthy.

 

Bacteria can really become a problem when your hens have a high “bad bacteria” load in their guts. A simple way to counteract this is to give them probiotics.

 

2 ingredient all natural hand wash

 

The idea is the probiotics help good bacteria proliferate, which crowds out the “bad bacteria” such as salmonella, campylobacter, and E. coli.

 

Giving your hens apple cider vinegar and fermented feed is a step in the right direction.

 

2 ingredient all-natural hand wash

After using soap and water, you can follow up with a second wash that includes aloe and essential oils.

 

Two of my favorite oils for this recipe are Young Living’s Thieves essential oil blend and Animal Scents Infect Away.

 

2 ingredient hand wash

 

I only use a few drops and the bottles last quite a while. You can use any essential oil brand you like, just be sure the company is reputable and the oils are 100% pure.

 

Really do your homework, because the oils you see at big stores say they’re 100% pure on the box, but there’s no guarantee the oils in there are properly distilled or even the oils they claim on the label.

 

Which essential oils do I use?

I like using Young Living’s Thieves oil blend, which includes Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils.

 

If you’re wondering about the name, it’s inspired by a story originating in the Middle Ages.

 

According to legend, thieves would use a combination that included of fresh spices, and the essential oils would keep them healthy as they pilfered the possessions of people who had died from the Black Plague.

 

The story goes that because of the combination, they didn’t get sick from the Yersinia pestis bacteria said to cause the disease that killed nearly 50% of Europe in the 1300s.

 

The other oil I like to use, Infect Away, is formulated specifically for animals (although it’s also great or people) and comes pre-diluted with a carrier oil.

 

You’ll also need aloe gel which will help soften and keep your skin healthy.

 

2 ingredient hand wash

 

Making 2 ingredient hand wash

To 6 ounces of aloe gel, you can add 30 drops of your oil of choice. I like using Thieves so I use 30 drops of Thieves oil.

 

Shake to combine, and leave on your shelf to use after you wash your hands. You don’t need to wash your hands after putting the aloe gel mixture on; doing so would reduce the effect of the gel.

 

If I’m in a rush, I’ll just use the 2 ingredient hand wash.

 

If your hands have chicken poop on them, then by all means, don’t skip the soap and water step, though! The last thing you want is bacteria or some other parasite in YOUR body. (Yes, parasites can happen too, especially with children who have weaker immune systems than adults. Ask me how I know.)

 

My favorite 2 ingredient hand wash is also great after you come in from gardening or playing with other pets! I hope you enjoy making it!

Why Your Shampoos & Soaps Are Harming Your Daughter (And What To Do About It)

Why Your Shampoos & Soaps Are Harming Your Daughter (And What To Do About It)

Time for a truth bomb. If you use commercial soaps and shampoos from big box stores, the dollar store, etc, chances are you’re exposing your children to phthalates.

 

What the heck are phthalates?

 

I’m glad you asked. (Like, really glad). Phthalates are chemical compounds commonly found in all sorts of consumer products, like household cleaners, toiletries, children’s toys, and makeup.

 

They also happen to be linked to depressed thyroid function, particularly young girls, according to scientists at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

 

I bet if you look in your bathroom right now, you’ll find at least 10 items containing phthalates. That’s a big fat scary thought, isn’t it?

 

So, how did all these products end up in the hands of consumers anyway?

Well, that’s a funny thing. The large corporations that produce these products aren’t required to disclose what’s in their product’s fragrances.

 

So those dryer sheets you love so much?

 

Chances are they’re full of phthalates, and potentially wreaking havoc on your children’s endocrine systems.

 

Another common culprit? Nail polish (who knew?). Window cleaning products are another.

 

Those scented soaps you buy? Possibly messing with your daughter’s thyroid every time you bathe her.

 

In fact, skin exposure is a huge factor in endocrine disruption. As you know, the skin is our largest organ, but it has no defenses against phthalates.

 

Any exposure heads straight through your skin and into your major internal organs.

 

Yuck, who needs this, right?

 

Why going unscented won’t stop your problem

So, from now on you’ll just use unscented or fragrance-free products, right?

 

Well, that’s not going to solve the problem of your phthalate exposure any better.

 

Unscented means that the product probably has a large chemical smell naturally – and more chemicals have been added to mask that scent.

 

Fragrance-free just means that more fragrances weren’t added…but the product’s natural fragrances are still there, and there’s still likely phthalates lurking in the bottle.

 

So, what should you do instead?

Here’s our handy list of swaps you can make, switching your phthalate-laden shampoos and other household products with greener, healthier versions:

 

Shampoos – use organic castile soap like this here. For fragrance, you can use 1 drop of essential oil per 16 fluid oz of castile soap. Peppermint is a favorite with many people. Rosemary is great for maintaining full, thick hair.

 

Please don’t buy your essential oils on Amazon – there’s no quality control. 

 

Soaps – try to buy from small, artisan soap makers to avoid any unnecessary exposure to chemicals. You can also make your own soap in minutes with our recipe here. Use lavender, rose, or geranium essential oil for great all-natural scents.

 

Window cleaners – Mix 1 drop lemon essential oil with 8 oz white vinegar in a spray bottle (Look for bottles with recycle numbers 1 or 2). Spray windows, wipe with newspaper.

 

Counter top cleaners – Mix 1 drop of lemon essential oil with 8 oz white vinegar. Use like you would normally. You can also use these all-organic counter wipes. Buy direct from the manufacturer here.

 

Room fresheners – diffuse 1 drop of essential oil. For tough odors, try 1 drop melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil with 1 drop lemon. For a floral scent, try 1 drop geranium! For bedtime, diffuse 1 drop lavender. Get your oils here.

 

Again, please don’t buy your essential oils on Amazon – there’s no quality control. Buy direct from our trusted source here.

 

Laundry detergent -You can also make your own recipe here.

We love this brand: 100% all-natural.

Here’s where you can get it.

 

Dryer sheets – Use wool balls with 1 drop of essential oil of your choice. Lavender is a good one to try.

 

Baby wipes – We love this brand of baby wipes:

No phthalates, 100% natural. Can also be used as makeup wipes! Get them here.

 

Makeup – We love this brand. Pure mineral makeup, no phthalates. Get it here.

 

 

Make Goat Milk Soap Without Lye In Your Own Home! [Video Tutorial]

Make Goat Milk Soap Without Lye In Your Own Home! [Video Tutorial]

You can’t make goat milk soap (or any soap) without lye, but I’ve shied away from it for the most part.

While handling lye isn’t that dangerous (precautions are necessary but many people use it with goat milk without problems), I know a lot of you aren’t comfortable handling it.

 

But the benefits of goat milk soap can’t be swept under the rug, and it’s the only soap we use on our homestead.

 

That’s why I’m a fan of melt and pour soap base, which lets you make your own custom goat milk soap without handling lye. 

 

In this article, we’ll cover how to make your own luxurious, custom goat milk soap without using lye.

 

This is a very simple step-by-step process that anyone can master. If you don’t want to watch the video above, here’s the process I use to make custom goat milk soap without lye right on our homestead.

goat milk soap made without lye

Ingredients

 

Melt & Pour Soap Base

Essential Oils

Anything else you want to add (flowers, oatmeal, almonds, you name it)

 

Choose a goat milk soap base

 

For this recipe, I used Stephenson Melt & Pour Goat Milk soap base, but you can use any you want. 

 

Remember: You can’t make soap from scratch without lye, so your soap base will contain lye, but all the hard work is done for you.

 

It’s been cured, and the lye is neutralized, making it completely safe to handle.

 

 

 

Once you’ve decided which soap base to use…

 

Cut the goat milk soap into small pieces

 

You want to make the pieces as small as possible. I cut them into 1″ or 1/2″ cubes.

 

The smaller the cubes, the faster it will melt.

 

Set up a double boiler, and add your goat milk soap to the top boiler.

 

If you’ve never used a double boiler, simply grab two pots, one smaller than the other.

 

Fill the larger pot halfway with water, and rest the smaller pot in it.
Put the pieces of goat milk soap base in the top (smaller) pot.

 

Wait for the goat milk soap to completely melt in the double boiler

 

Be sure to watch the top pot; as the water in the bottom pot begins to boil, the goat milk soap will melt.

 

Make sure the soap doesn’t boil or scorch (I’ve never had this happen), and stir occasionally so it doesn’t form a film on top as it melts.

 

It will start to look like goat milk as it melts – it’s quite impressive.

 

In the meantime…

 

Set up your molds

 

You can use any mold you want, but I highly recommend using silicone molds.

 

They’re easy to flip over and pop the soap out of. 

 

They’re also heat safe, so you don’t have to worry about your mold melting on you.

 

Here’s the one I use:

And these two look super cute:

 

If you want, you can grease the sides of the molds with some oil to make removing your goat milk soap easier, but in my experience, it isn’t really necessary.

 

After the goat milk soap base melts…

 

Immediately pour the melted soap base into the mold

 

As soon as you remove the goat milk soap base from the heat, it will start to cool.

 

Use a funnel to quickly transfer it to the mold.

 

The funnel will help keep everything tidy (although accidents will happen as you see in the video!)

 

I just use a plastic funnel for easy clean up.

 

Immediately add your essential oils and other additives

 

At this point, you’re customizing it and creating your own goat milk soap in your own kitchen.

 

You can add anything, any fragrance (or no fragrance!) or additives you want. 

 

In the video, we add honeysuckle essential oil and oatmeal. You can add flowers, nuts, toys for kids, your imagination is the limit.

 

After adding your whatever you want, stir to ensure they’re mixed in. 

 

Don’t worry if they’re unevenly distributed throughout, it’s part of the charm of making your own handcrafted goat milk soap.

 

Now, leave it alone for 24 hours

 

Allow your newly minted, custom goat milk soap (made without lye!) to sit for 24 hours. 

 

Using a base is a little different than using lye because with lye, you have to let it sit for quite a while to let it neutralize.

 

When making soap without lye, you can use it almost immediately, since the lye neutralized long before the goat milk soap base hit your doorstep.

 

Once your goat milk soap is hard…

 

Remove it from the mold

 

You can just turn the mold upside down, and pop it out.

 

Pretty simple isn’t it?

 

If it’s necessary, you can now cut your goat milk soap into bars. 

 

The goat milk soap we produce without lye on our homestead are 4 ounces each, but you can make yours whatever size you want.

 

 

I’d love to hear from you!

Now that you know how to make goat milk soap without using lye, which scents will you use? Email me at [email protected], or comment below!


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