|Homemade soap and washcloth|
I also make our own bath soap as a hobby. I use the 'Cold Process' and it is really not much harder than making a cake batter. I usually double the batch on my recipe and it makes 12 bars of soap which last us quite awhile so I only make soap 2 or 3 times a year. If you add nice soft hand knitted washcloth and a bit of ribbon you have a lovely handmade gift.
I knit washcloths out of soft bamboo or cotton bamboo blends because they are so soft and luxurious but I knit dishcloths from a tougher cotton to give more scrubbing value.
I keep these cloths in each bathroom so I can give them a quick clean and dust each day. I also use one of these in the kitchen all the time. When they are dirty I throw them in with my regular laundry and reuse them again and again.
If you are not a knitter but would like to be, these are a great place to start. Youtube has great knitting videos that you can replay and replay until you get it right. I often use them when learning a new technique.
Some interesting reading on toxins in the home:
Statistics for parents on household chemical toxins
Harmful ingredients list