I accidentally discovered a cure for my troublesome hangnail problem that plagues me every winter…here’s my story…Follow @vsatech
I’ve had a lot of problems with hangnails my entire life…well at least for as long as I can remember. If you don’t know what hangnails are…they occur when the skin around your fingernails and cuticles becomes so dry that splits and cracks occur which can be both extremely painful and immensely bothersome.
I usually get them in the winter. The fact that I live in Wisconsin and it’s cold and dry here in the winter is primarily to blame. But nothing I’ve tried throughout the years has helped much. I’ve used tons of hand lotions, I’ve rubbed many different kinds of lubricating oils and creams into my cuticles…you name it and I’ve probably tried it…but nothing has ever really helped. Probably my most successful treatment to date has been lanolin. But lanolin is sticky and messy.
My 90 year old Dad has also had this condition most of his adult life…and that’s a really long time! His preferred treatment is rubbing Chapsitck onto his cuticles in the winter.
So I was really thrilled this winter to have discovered the easiest, least time-consuming method of completely fixing them for me. I thought I’d share my discovery in time for my Dad’s birthday.
How I Accidently Discovered A Great Preventive Measure
Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap…the liquid kind is what I discovered…I think that any scent (or variety) would work equally well although I’m using Peppermint currently because I like the smell. My discovery was really by accident when I found a large bottle of the peppermint version at our local Costco in the fall. When our kitchen sink soap dispenser ran out of liquid soap I put Dr. Bronner’s in it instead of something more generic. At first I thought I’d made a huge mistake because the soap leaves a white residue behind. That residue can clog many soap dispensers. I also tried it in an electric soap dispenser that did get clogged…but the one built into our sink didn’t clog. Our sink did become coated however with a fine white residue. But since our kitchen sink is white already, so that’s not really a huge concern.
What’s more concerning is the white residue it left behind on the black rubber gasket surrounding the drain area of our sink…the gasket is for the disposal. But upon going to add more soap the other day I discovered that we really didn’t need any more…we would have been close to running out had I been using the regular clear looking soap that I’d been using on the past! Because Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap is so thin and runny we’d barely used any. That’s certainly a huge plus!
As I contemplated this fact it all of a sudden dawned on me that for the first time in my adult life I’ve had no hangnails this winter. I’m not doing anything else differently nor have I begun using any new products, so it’s has to be the Dr. Bronner’ soap. I proceeded to conduct a little online research and I learned that Dr. Bronner’s soap most likely is the reason for my miraculous ‘recovery’. Not only that but I learned that I can get rid of the white cakey build-up by simply diluting the soap with water…anywhere from 50% to 80% of water and by adding a few drops of oil to the mixture too. This brings the cost way down, and if you put it into a foaming type of soap dispenser, it will last even longer.
It can be any kind of oil…I’m currently using eucalyptus. This will also prevent the soap dispenser from getting clogged up as well.
Here’s my recipe for the soap mixture that you can add to any soap dispenser. Add about 60% of water to 40% of Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap and then from 10 to 20 drops of essential oil (even olive oil will work.) Gently move the dispenser around a little bit to get everything mixed up well (but not to sudsy.) That’s the soap I use whenever I wash my hands. The skin on my hands doesn’t seem to dry out much and my hands feel almost moisturized…although I follow up each washing with hand lotion too. Just because I happen to really like lotion. Within a months time of using only this soap on my hands my normal ‘extremely hangnail prone cuticles’ aren’t anymore. My cuticles seem to be healthier than they’ve ever been in my adult life.
Here’s a link to the 32oz Peppermint version that I got…it’s currently $17.99 (Jan 2016). I’m not an Amazon affiliate, but I’m thinking about becoming one…if I do it that will probably be in the Spring of 2016 by the time I get around to it :-) Remember, I purchased my bottle from Costco at a local store, and sadly don’t remember how much I paid for it.
Here’s a link to the full line at Dr. Bronner’s website and their online store. The price for a 32oz bottle there is the same as it is at Amazon but what’s great about their site is that they offer the liquid soap in many different sizes. Anything from a 2 oz size to a gallon size with lots of sizes in between. My link above is for all sizes of the Tea Tree Oil version, which I’ve read is very good for acne sufferers. That seems logical to me since Tea Tree Oil has natural antibacterial properties.
If you’re interested in learning more about how Dr. Bronner’s came into existence, the company’s history and the history of many of their products, they have one page of their site dedicated to some great and informative videos.
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