I make homemade soap. I use only vegetable-based fats, pure essential oils and organic add ins, like oatmeal, herbs and flowers whenever possible. We use my homemade soap in the shower and at the bathroom sinks. I rotate in new bars of soap often and I like knowing our family uses fresh, pure soap free of chemicals. I also like knowing the only animal my soap has ever been tested on is our dog, Lollipop and she seems to enjoy the experience as much as any dog enjoys getting a bath.
I have always felt it necessary to change the soap whenever anyone is or has been ill just as I always have made certain that person uses their own, separate hand towels. I figure better safe than sorry when it comes to germs but it turns out that I’ve been more sorry than safe. It turns out bar soap is not as dirty as I’ve always been taught. It turns out that germs in fact are not spread through bar soap. Now I’m not saying to use a bar of soap you might find in the restroom of a public gas station (or any other public setting) but if you see a bar of soap on your friend’s or family’s bathroom sink, you may use it with a clear conscience. You may use that bar soap knowing you’re not only NOT going to catch some strange disease but also that you’re helping the environment. It turns out liquid soap uses more energy, more packaging, more water and contains petroleum. So what do you say, Dear Readers, let’s raise the bar!
Avid home cook and passionate instructor