Safe, Natural Soaps

We have another example of a consumer product causing potential harm to US residents.  In case you have not heard the news, the FDA has taken a “closer look” at antibacterial soap products and proposed a new rule requiring manufacturers to prove the effectiveness and long-term safety of these products.  We are not a news website, so if you want all the details you can go to the related article on the FDA website.

Concerns over these soaps and some of their ingredients like Triclosan and Triclocarban are not really new.  The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has expressed concerns over these chemicals since at least 2008.  Today they issued a press release on the topic.  This group offers fantastic information on human health and our environment.  We view the group as an agent of change and protector of our health and well-being.  As such, we strongly recommend you consider donating to this wonderful organization.

DIY Backyard Farm is not an alarmist website.  Our primary focus is being a resource of information designed to allow anyone to start their own edible garden.  We are posting this information as an introduction to yet another reason to grow your own edible plants.  Some of those edible plants can be used to make things you do not eat.  In this case, soaps.  Many herbs and other plants are used to add fragrances and other characteristics to soaps.  You can grow your own and follow simple, easy instructions to create natural soap products.  Mother Earth News has a nice guide on making your own soaps right here.  A simple internet search can yield many ways to create interesting, fragrant and natural soap products.

If you prefer to buy natural soaps then look around your local farmers markets.  Chances are someone will be there selling hand-made, natural soap products.  We have a couple of big brands we use and recommend trying: Dr. Bonner’s and Burt’s Bees.  We were also recently turned on to a brand called South of France and so far like their soaps very much.  Take the time to learn about the products you are using to ensure they are not doing more harm than good.  Your body, family, home, and the environment will thank you.  We thank you for reading!

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