Natural Herbal Soap Substitutes For Cleansing Your Hands:
1. Milky Way:Milk, sour milk, cream and buttermilk are all gentle skin cleansers. The next time you’re in the kitchen, try washing with 1/4 cup (60ml) of fresh or sour milk, buttermilk or cream instead of one of the liquid dish detergents. It is a surprisingly pleasant experience. To remove greasy substances not removed by water or milk, try an exfoliate such as cornmeal or oatmeal. A heavy hand is not needed. The grainy texture releases both dirt and dead surface skin while stimulating the new skin cells below.
2. Grimy Hands Soap Substitute: Make a batch to have “on hand”.
- 1 cup (250ml) cornmeal or oatmeal finely ground.
- 2 cups (500ml) white kaolin clay, finely powdered.
- 1/4 cup (60ml) almonds finely ground (leave just a bit of grittiness.)
- 1/8 cup (30 ml) dried lavender blossoms, finely powdered.
- 1/8 cup (30ml) dried rose petals, finely powdered.
- Little drops of the essential oil of your choice (optional).
- A pinch powdered vitamin C (optional).
- Liquid contents of a 400 IU vitamin E capsule. (optional).
- Preparation: Stir all ingredients together in a bowl and pour into a large jar. Store jar in a dry, cool location.
- Mix 1-2 tsp of the cleansing grains with water.
- Stir into a paste by rubbing your hands in a circular motion. Then work the grains up each individual finger and over the back of the hand.
- Rinse with cool or lukewarm water. Pat dry.
Caution: This recipe may irritate cut or bothered skin.
3. Lemonade Hands: This is a simple recipe that offers great results in improving the texture of your skin.
- Pour about 1 tbsp of granulated sugar in the palm of your hand.
- Squeeze enough juice from a fresh lemon wedge to make a paste.
- Rub your hands together in a rotary motion, either clockwise or anti-clockwise. At first, the sensation will be one of a gritty surface.
- Continue rubbing. The heat of your hands will melt the sugar to become a candy glaze.
- Work this glaze up and over each finger and over the back of each hand.
- Leave the glaze on your hands for 5 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water. Pat your hands totally dry with a soft paper towel.
4. Special Wash For Chapped Hands:This is a gentle cleanser that is not irritating to the skin. If you repeat this regimen day and night several times a week, your chapped hands will become a thing of the past. (The cornmeal accomplishes by a gentle abrasive action what a harsh soap does by chemical action. The cornmeal, however, does not draw all the moisture away from the important lower layers of the skin.)
- Peel the cucumber and remove the seeds; blend or juice the vegetable for a few seconds. Mix with the honey and set aside in a small bowl.
- Make a cornmeal paste by mixing warm water, soap, and cornmeal.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with the cornmeal paste. Then rinse hands well in clean, warm (not hot) water. This helps to remove flaking skin cells and any soluble environmental pollutants.
- While your hands are damp, apply the cucumber juice and honey mixture. Have someone help you wrap your hands in plastic wrap or insert them in large, zip-seal plastic bags. Cover with a towel, and then relax as long as possible.
- Rinse and dry hands. Apply moisture cream. If you’ve done this at night, wear loose-fitting cotton gloves to bed. (Wash the gloves regularly).
- Repeat this cornmeal wash daily (and repeat as often as you can for badly chapped hands). In cold weather, substitute a cold water rinse in the morning to acclimatise the hands to cooler conditions. Dry well and then rub in a moisturizing cream
- 1 small cucumber
- 1/2 tbsp (8ml) honey.
- warm water mild soap
- 1 tbsp (15ml) cornmeal.