These Are a Few of My Favorite Things – Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap

These are a few of my favorite things . . .

I’m always doing a lot of research before buying most anything. I usually read the one-star reviews, first, to see how serious the complaints actually are before reading the five-star rave reviews. One can usually ascertain between one and five the real value/use/benefit of any said product. There are also the times when someone will had me something with a, “Here, try this. You’ll love it!” Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t but I’m always up for the adventure.

Thought I’d share some of my current favorite things. Although since discontinued, Costco was selling Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap. I’m a huge fan of anything peppermint so it got my attention immediately. A quick search revealed that, as usual, Costco had the best price by far so I treated myself to a bottle of the liquid soap and wasn’t disappointed. Especially on those mornings where the California summer heat is already making itself known, it is a great shower scrub leaving your skin feeling cool for a while after the shower and smelling delicately nice. As I said, I like peppermint. In addition, Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap has a multitude of other uses. Such as:

1. I use this as a body and face wash. It only takes a small amount to get through a shower. It doesn’t dry out your skin and won’t interfere in any cologne you might add on later.

2. When you feel the hair spray and other hair products are weighing down your hair, this stuff is a great scalp shampoo and rinses clean. Followed up with your favorite cream rinse and you have manageable hair for the rest of the day. (Yes, Dr. Bronner sells a great stay-in cream for after your shampoo!)

3. It works well as a shaving cream without any burns or scrapes.

4. Combining ½ cup of the soap with a cup of baking soda really cleans and deodorizes your laundry.

5. Using ½ cup of soap in about three gallons of hot water makes a good floor mop. Also noticed that ants do not like this stuff so it seems to have kept any thirsty pests out of my kitchen this year.

6. It makes a good scrub for fruits and vegetables. Just a dash in a bowl of warm water and scrub with your hands to get off any dirt or residue. Rinse in cold water.

7. It is a good wash for your dog. Wet down the dog and use what you need (depends on size of dog) to wash down you dog, rinse.

8. A mixture of one tablespoon of peppermint soap in a quart of water makes a good anti-bug spray for your plants. Really have a problem, add a bit of cayenne pepper and/or cinnamon into the mix. Put in a spray bottle and rescue your plants, chase away the bugs, and make your house smell great in one process.

Since Costco no longer offers this product, the next best price I found was on Jet.com. Health stores sell it but it is usually a lot more expensive.

Cleanliness is Next to Godliness?

Every Sunday, I have to laugh to myself. Hand holding at the Our Father and extensive outreach to shake hands at the Sign of Peace is rampant at our parish. It almost looks like a game of Twister as no one wants to leave anyone out whether they like it or not,. When do I get the urge to giggle? When after extending all that brotherly love around, they have added another bit of liturgy to the subsequent Lamb of God proclamation. I’m talking about the ‘distribution of the hand sanitizer up and down the ranks in the pew and the scent of it hanging in the air as we continue with the Mass. Love thy neighbor but don’t trust where their hands have been.

It seems, however, that they are not doing themselves or the world a favor with the bottled handwash. Science has discovered that the antibacterial properties of soap . . . and hand washes could actually increase the risk of infections. It could mess up the good bacteria in your intestinal track. AND, it could overpower the good bacteria and turn bad bacteria into potentially antibiotic-resistant super bugs. The news has had several articles about people hospitalized with infections that aren’t helped with the antibiotics currently available. Another contributing factor are the years where antibiotics were freely handed out for colds, flu, etc. even though they really weren’t helpful. We’ve helped raise the super bugs and lowered the effectiveness of antibiotics.

Seems that once again, the old-fashioned ways are best. Hand washing with good, old ordinary soap is just as effective at combating germs as the highly-touted antibacterial soaps. Just use warm, running water and lather up for at least 30 seconds.

Hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar, and mild, biodegradable soaps can be used for cleaning. They are cheaper, effective, and keep the problems out of the house and away from children. I run a damp cloth with ordinary rubbing alcohol over the bathroom fixtures every morning. It keeps the bathroom shiny, clean, and smelling fresh. Worried about cleaning fruits and vegetables, use a hydrogen peroxide rinse followed by a vinegar rinse for good measure. Cheaper than the bottled types that are pricey.