A few months ago I was asked to create an all-natural DIY feminine wash, or douche. Some of the more famous name brands claim to be all-natural, but upon closer examination, I found this wasn’t really the case.
Dangerous Ingredients in Name Brand Feminine Wash
While some brands of feminine products claim to be natural, most all of them contain ingredients that are not. The chemicals that are in them could cause harm in the long run. Let’s take a look at the ingredients in one popular brand; the ingredients listed are octoxynol-9, citric acid, sodium benzoate, disodium EDTA, and fragrance. Here’s the breakdown:
- Octoxynol-9: This is a known endocrine disruptor; potential breast cancer carcinogen; can cause issues such as itching, burning, and hives.
- Citric acid: Can cause itching and burning; potential to become dangerous when mixed with other chemicals; possible allergen to those with citrus sensitivities.
- Sodium benzoate: Used as a preservative; can form benzene, a known carcinogen, when mixed with ascorbic acid (which chemically is very close to citric acid).
- Disodium EDTA: Used to bond with minerals to carry them out of the body; can lower blood sugar and can interact with insulin to provoke blood sugar issues; binds with calcium, causing a calcium deficiency in the body, which could lead to bones breaking easier; loss of calcium in the blood can cause seizures; can bond with iron causing anemia; may also throw off heart rhythm; can bond with other minerals such as potassium and magnesium; may interact with coumadin and other blood thinners.
While most of these are extreme cases, it’s best not to take the risk.
Safer Alternatives to Feminine Wash
The safest thing to use as a feminine cleanser is water. Warm water (distilled water won’t contain contaminants) flushed over the area is the best way to remove any accumulation of sweat, toxins from the environment, and anything else. Use a warm spray that is not too forceful. Pat dry or allow to air dry.
If you want to make your own wash, there are many gentle ingredients you can safely use:
Safe Ingredients for a DIY Feminine Wash
Vinegar will kill any bacteria and help keep the vagina at the proper pH. Chamomile tea makes a great gentle cleanser with mild antibacterial properties. Slippery elm and marshmallow root are soothing and cooling and can help reduce inflammation and help speed healing. Liquid soap will help hold anything foreign in suspension until it can be rinsed away. Grapeseed oil (or another light carrier oil) is an excellent moisturizer, while lavender essential oil can help bacteria from forming.
DIY Feminine Wash Recipe (Homemade Douche)
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar (find organic ACV here)
- ¾ cup of cooled tea – (use one, or a combination) chamomile tea, slippery elm bark tea, or marshmallow root tea, cooled (find any of these herbs here)
- 1 teaspoon soap, grated (learn how to make your own to ensure good quality) OR 2 Tablespoons natural liquid soap
- 1 teaspoon light oil, such as jojoba, sweet almond, grapeseed, etc. (find these organic carrier oils here)
- 5 drops lavender essential oil (find pure, organic lavender EO here)
Mix all of this together and keep in a sealed glass jar.
Shake well and apply some to a soft wash cloth. Gently clean the area, always rinsing well when finished.
Vinegar and lavender essential oil can burn if applied directly, so be sure to mix well. Use only once or twice a week to avoid irritation.
Natural pH-Balanced Homemade Douche Recipe
Douching really isn’t necessary and can affect the pH of delicate female parts, potentially leading to problems. However, if you really want to use one, consider this natural homemade douche that will allow these delicate parts to maintain the proper pH.
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- ¾ cup distilled water
To make a douche, mix ingredients together, and use as you would normally use a douche.
Feminine care doesn’t need to be daunting, and you can do it yourself without chemicals!