Today, we’re going to have a quiet chat about personal hygiene. We’re all adults here, right? So let’s talk about how one can feel clean after a normal bathroom visit. We’re going to talk about Nest Half Full’s Bath Tissue Moistening Spray.
In other parts of the world, bidets are commonly used for this very purpose. Here in the United States, we remain strangely suspicious of using water to clean up after a bathroom break. I don’t know why or how this is possible since Americans have become germ freaks using deoderized antibacterial soaps EVERYWHERE that involves plumbing. We’re encouraged, sometimes required, to douse our hands in alcohol-based “sanitizer” whenever we enter or leave a public building.
For the time being, we’re not going to discuss how this obsession supports the development of super-bugs. But there it is.
The problem is, that being human means having to use “the facilities” at least once a day. So how to address a highly personal cleaning challenge? One choice is commercial bathroom wipes. You can hardly miss them every time you walk down the paper product aisle at the supermarket. However, most (if not all) commercial bathroom wipes (AND hand wipes AND baby wipes!) are full of multisyllabic, artificially-produced, chemical compounds that enter our bodies and into our systems through the skin. Shudder!
Which started me a-thinkin’… Hey! What about figuring out an easy, relatively inexpensive Make-It-Yourself spray?!
To the Laboratory!
I started by reading every baby wipe DIY/MIY I could find. Then I tried to convert the idea into a spray to be spritzed onto toilet paper…errrr… bathroom tissue. Problem was, it was not nearly as gentle as it needed to be! (If we had a baby in our home, we’d be switching our homemade baby wipe formula right now!)
Evenutally, the “Aha!” moment happened. Nest Half Full’s
Toilet Paper Bath Tissue Moistening Spray is now ready! It’s very gentle and smells nice.
Here’s what sits on the floor right under the toilet paper roll thingy in our bathrooms:
Yields approximately 1 /34 cups
What’s in it…
1 1/2 cups (350 ml) rose water (or filtered / purified water*)
1 Tablespoon (15 ml) pure aloe vera gel or aloe vera juice
1 Tablespoon (15 ml) witch hazel, alcohol-free(!)
1 Tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil (this is what I use) or sweet almond oil
The liquid from 2 capsules of vitamin E capsules (optional) as preservative
Essential Oils of your choice (I use 20 drops lavender and 5 drops frankincense for their soothing properties. And they smell nice!)
This is how you pull it together…
Using a small funnel, measure the ingredients into a 2-cup (475 ml) spray bottle. (This is one of the rare times I use a plastic spray bottle because 1. it won’t shatter on your bathroom floor if it gets dropped; 2. it dispenses nicely for this use.) Shake vigorously and it’s ready.
*IF you add any water:
• use filtered or purified water
• boil and cool it down before adding to the mixture.
How to use…
Here’s where today’s topic becomes a little… awkward… (like we haven’t run into any of that already).
At the end of a prolonged bathroom visit, use bathroom tissue the way Mom taught you.
Now, add one more step at the end (oops! No pun intended. But it makes me snicker so it stays)… Gather a clean thickness of tissue and spray 5 to 10 times with Nest Half Full’s Bath Tissue Moistening Spray. Use in the same area as before, cleaning gently. Repeat if needed.
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Phew! Now that we’ve gotten through that, do you have any ideas you’d like to share on this topic? I would love to hear from you in the comments below! Comments make me smile.