Not too long ago we added Dr. Bronner's Liquid Castile Soap to the shop and since at the time, castile soap was new to me I figured there are probably many of you that may be unfamiliar with it as well! Here's a little Castile Soap 101 for you so you can better understand its amazing capabilities and why it's a great alternative to chemical based cleaners.
What is castile soap?
Named after Castile, Spain, a region renowned for its olive oil, authentic castile soap is made of plant oils such as coconut, palm, hemp, sunflower seed, jojoba and olive. The natural oils are then mixed with an alkali substance such as sodium hydroxide for solid soap or potassium hydroxide for the liquid version. Simple and natural, castile soap is versatile and gentle on people and the planet.
What makes Dr. Bronner’s castile soap sustainable?
• It’s biodegradable.
• It’s cruelty-free, not tested on animals.
• Made with organic and fair-trade ingredients.
• It’s scented with pure essential oils.
• It’s free of artificial foaming agents, harsh cleansers, and other toxins.
• It’s concentrated, so a little goes a long way. Make sure when you use it to dilute, dilute, dilute!
• The bottle itself is made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic.
• It can do the job of at least 11 personal care products and home cleaners. Clean your home, body, pets and more with just one product!
18 + 1 Ways to Use your Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap:
1. Face: 2-3 drops on wet hands, applied to wet face
2. Body: 1 small squirt on a wet washcloth, applied to a wet body
3. Hair: Castile soap alone might be a little too drying for your hair, but you can make a moisturizing, oil-infused shampoo by combining one part fruit or vegetable oil to 10 parts castile soap and 10 parts distilled water.
4. Bath: Depends on the amount of water in the tub but generally about 2 tbsp. of soap in an average size tub. *castile soap won’t bubble but it will clean and smell amazing!
5. Shaving: Face – 10 drops, Underarms – 3 drops, Legs – ½ tsp. Work in a lather in wet hands then apply to the area.
6. Teeth: 1 drop on a toothbrush (yes, it will taste a little soapy!)
7. Foot Bath: ½ tsp in a small tub of hot water
8. Clearing Congestion: 1 tbsp in a bowl of steamy hot water. Breathe in the steam with a towel draped over your head.
9. Dishes (by hand): Pre-dilute 1:10 with water. Squirt on a brush, sponge or dish cloth.
10. Laundry: 1/3– ½ cup of soap for a large load in a standard washer. Add ½ cup vinegar to the rinse cycle.
11. Mopping: ½ cup of soap in 3 gallons of water
12. All-purpose cleaning: ¼ cup soap in a quart of water in a spray bottle
13. Windows: 1 tbsp soap in a quart of water in a spray bottle, follow up with a mixture of half vinegar/half water
14. Toilet: Predilute 1 part castile soap to 4 parts water in a squirt bottle or pour approximately 1 cap full into the toilet bowl before scrubbing. You can also add about 1tbsp directly into the tank to keep things fresh and clean longer.
15. Fruit & Veggie Rinse: 1 dash in a bowl of water. Add produce to bowl and swish around. Rinse with clean water.
16. Pet Washing: The amount will vary depending on the size of the animal and hair type. Wet your pet thoroughly, then starting with a small amount, work the castile soap into their fur until you get a good lather. Massage it right down to the skin. Rinse well.
17. Plant spray for bugs: 1 tbsp in a quart of water. Optional – add a ½ tsp of cayenne or cinnamon.
18. Ant Spray (not for plants): ¼ cup of soap in a quart of water
Bonus: Clean your makeup brushes - fill a mason jar with water, add a few drops of Castile soap, add your brushes and let sit for about 20 minutes. Take each one out and rinse under warm water.