This is an all-natural DIY feminine wash (homemade douche). Some name brands claim to be natural, but upon closer examination, they’re not.
Safe Ingredients for a Homemade Douche
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.
Homemade Douche: A Natural DIY Feminine Wash Recipe
Brew tea and allow it to cool.
Mix all of this together and keep in a sealed glass jar.
Shake your DIY feminine wash well and apply some to a soft washcloth. Gently clean the area, always rinsing well when finished.
Homemade Douche: Natural and pH-Balanced
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. Also, consider using the above DIY feminine wash.
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- ¾ cup distilled water
To make a homemade douche, mix ingredients together, and use as you would normally use a douche.
Dangerous Ingredients in Name Brand Feminine Wash
While some brands of feminine products claim to be natural, most 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; a potential breast cancer carcinogen; can cause issues such as itching, burning, and hives. A homemade douche or DIY feminine wash doesn’t need this or any of the following ingredients!
- 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.
Making a homemade douche allows you to control the ingredients thus avoiding all of the above.
Tip: have menstrual cramps? Check out our article on essential oils for menstrual cramps.
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 DIY feminine wash, there are many gentle ingredients you can safely use:
Feminine care doesn’t need to be daunting, and you can make a DIY feminine wash, or homemade douche, at home!