If you wash your hands as often as I do through a workday, your skin can become overly dry with painful cracks at the fingertips. I’ve found that using castile soap in my hand-soap dispenser at home goes a long way toward soothing dry skin and avoiding painful cracks.
Dr. Bronner’s castile soap is the best; the hard part is choosing which essential oil you’d like included… lavender, tea tree oil, orange, hemp, etc. Each essential oil has a particular strength, so have fun researching and trying out the different varieties. You can’t go wrong with any of them.
I don’t use castile soap for house cleaning much (for wood now and then; very diluted) because I don’t want the trace of oil left behind as a residue. Mold loves to eat oil. But for personal care, that trace of oil is marvelous!
1 part castile soap to at least 2 parts water in a foaming hand-soap dispenser and you’re all set. (Try it for shampoo and body wash, too.)
A quart of Dr. Bronner’s (depending on the variety) runs about $10-$18 and makes many, many refills. You’ll be able to tell a difference… please tell your hard-working hands I said “You’re welcome!”