Personal hygiene is a vital part of our daily living activities but we often do not think, in detail, about how we go about being organic and “green” when making personal hygiene decisions. If you are looking for a way to be more eco-friendly, you may want to consider natural soap as a first option.
Natural soap is a simple modified version of lye – a hardened type of soap that is typically not recommended for the body. But with some natural softening additions, this modified form of lye will evolve into a natural soap that is not only good for the body but also good for the environment.
In addition to being a sound decision for the environment, many families are turning to natural soap as a way to not only improve their environment, but to also reduce the risk for allergic reactions to additives found in other forms of soap and cleaning products. If you have children who are particularly susceptible to additives in products, then natural soap will provide a great option to alleviating this risk.
While natural soap can be made at home, the process can be intensive and time consuming. There are many local health product stores that can supply natural soap at a relatively low cost although that cost may be higher than other forms of cheap man-made soap products. Just like using other natural products and services, such as natural dental care, it is important to consider the long term impact to your health and to the environment and, ultimately, you will find this type of purchasing decision is wise.
Moving to a more eco-friendly home environment takes time and consideration. Families, often, must make the transition slowly and especially when children are involved as children can also be affected and not be willing to make such changes. When considering your personal hygiene matters, keep in mind that using natural soap is a simple product to use and simple to transition to. As a result, your family should be able to make the transition with little to no resistance.
Sources: The Natural Soap Book, by Susan Miller Cavitch