During this time of COVID-19, using sanitising products to keep hands and surfaces clean may make all the difference between getting sick and staying healthy.
At a time like this, washing your hands with antibacterial soap and water should be a priority to protect you and your family from pathogens like bacteria and viruses.
What is an Antibacterial Soap?
Antibacterial soap is sometimes called antimicrobial or antiseptic soap that contains chemical ingredients that help in killing bacteria.
Some popular examples of antibacterial soaps include Dettol Antibacterial Hand and Body Bar Soap, Vi-Tae 100% Natural and Organic Handmade ‘Get Lathered Up’ Soap Bars, Aromavita Antibacterial Oregano Oil Soap, Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar, etc.
Note: Bacteria and viruses are different.
How to Make Your Antibacterial Soap at Home?
It is interesting to know that antimicrobial soaps cannot only be made industrially but can also be made at the comfort of your home as a craft project or a simple fun project with your kids.
Before you begin the soap making process, you need to make sure that you have all the ingredients available. And you can purchase all your soap making supplies online in Malaysia.
- Glass hand pumps: These are containers used to mix and store your soap after production.
- Distilled water (or boiled H2O): Because the contaminants found in ‘undistilled water’ can cause complications and unwanted reactions in your soap.
- Castile Soap: Castile soap is a versatile vegetable-based soap that’s made free of animal fats and synthetic ingredients. It is a natural, non-toxic, biodegradable soap available in bar or liquid form.
- Almond Oil: Produces a rich conditioning lather. It is high in Vitamins E, A and D as well as Oleic and Linoleic fatty acids.
This oil is perfect for soothing dry, flaky, and irritated skin. It is said to be beneficial for skin ailments like rashes, psoriasis, and eczema.
- Vegetable Glycerin: It’s vegan-friendly and an excellent ingredient for people with sensitive skin.
The reason for this additive is because your skin’s natural oils are washed off during bathing — whether from hot water or cold water or harsh products. Vegetable glycerin helps to lock in your skin’s natural moisture to prevent it from drying out completely.
- Essential or Fragrance Oils: Apart from adding scent to natural soap, essential oils are used for their reputed health benefit for the skin. Different oils are associated with various benefits. Some of the essential oils that we have used are:
- Lavender essential oil aids relaxation and believed to treat fungal infections, allergies, and eczema.
- Cedarwood Atlas essential oil may have the following properties: antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, diuretic, insecticidal, and antifungal.
- Tea Tree essential oil also has anti-bacterial, anti-biotic, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, anti-viral, and antiseptic properties. It is beneficial for people with acne, athlete’s foot, blisters, burns, chickenpox, dandruff, fungal infections, insect bites, oily skin, skin rashes, warts, and wounds.
You can get all your soap making supplies, including these fragrance oils in stores in Malaysia.
Mixing the Ingredients
Add the following ingredients in the order listed below to get 80oz of moisturising, antibacterial soap.
Pour the Castile Soap into the container until it is 1/4 full.
Add 2 T of Almond Oil.
Add 1 T of Vegetable Glycerin.
Adjust the essential oils according to your scent preference. Remember, less is often more with essential oils.
Fill to the top with distilled H2O.
After mixing successfully, you would get 80 ounces of moisturizing antibacterial soap for bathing, washing your hands, and cleaning surfaces. If you need soap making supplies in Malaysia, such as fragrance oil, please feel free to visit our store. Happy DIY!