Common store-bought household cleaning products are often loaded with toxins and chemicals. Same with the soaps we use on our bodies. Thankfully for us who want to reduce toxins in our homes, there’s a natural alternative. Originally from Spain, Castile soap is an all natural, environmentally-friendly and organic olive-oil based soap. There are many uses for Castile soap for the home, body and even for the garden. Below we list 13 of them…
13 Uses For Castile Soap
Dr. Bronner’s is one of the most popular brands of Castile soap, but there are others. When shopping around for other brands, be sure to check that it contains all natural ingredients. In addition to the benefits to using Castile soap (mentioned above), you’ll also save a ton of money. This is because you’ll be able to replace many household products and will only need to use a few drops of Castile soap at a time.
There are tons of recipes on the web that use Castile soap and some contain vinegar. Before you use a recipe with vinegar, visit this link: A Word of Caution About Vinegar and Castile Soap. There are some issues with mixing Castile soap and white vinegar; nothing dangerous, but the combination might not have the outcome you want. None of the recipes in this post contain vinegar.
For safety purposes, keep these recipes in a safe place away from children and pets.
Tip: If a recipe has both water and Castile soap, always add the water before adding the Castile soap. This will prevent bubbles from overflowing and making a mess.
Uses For Castile Soap: The Home
Because Castile soap is all natural and has no toxins, you can feel secure with using it to wash your dishes, pots and pans. All you have to do is use a few drops of Castile soap in some warm water and wash your dishes.
1/8 cup of Castile soap, a dash of baking soda, and a couple of drops of lavender essential oil makes a simple all natural replacement for the store-bought laundry detergent. If you’d like to try a more complex recipe, here’s one: Homemade Laundry Soap.
Multipurpose Household Cleaner
Fill a spray bottle with water about 3/4 of the way up. Next add 2 or 3 squirts of Castile soap and 2 or 3 drops of tea tree oil for an all natural multipurpose household cleaner.
Use a squirt or two of Castile soap and a bit of baking soda to scrub your toilet. You can add this to a spray bottle to make a ring around the bowl for better coverage.
Fill a spray bottle with 2/3 water and 1/3 Castile soap. Before cleaning, sprinkle some baking soda to your bathtub and spray the mixture on top of that. Next get a scrub brush to get your bathtub sparkling clean.
In a gallon of warm water, add 1 or 2 teaspoons of Castile soap. Mix and wash your windows with some newspaper.
If you have roaches in your home, use the following recipe to send them packing. In a spray bottle, add 4 cups of water, 1 tablespoon of Castile soap, and 1 tablespoon of dried red peppers or Tabasco sauce. Spray in areas where you’ve seen roaches and around cracks where they can sneak into your home.
Uses For Castile Soap: The Body
For a simple hand soap, get a foaming hand soap dispenser and fill it 3/4 with distilled water. Next add 2-3 squirts of Castile soap and that’s it. You can add a couple of drops of lavender for its nice smell and/or a couple of drops of tea tree oil for its antibacterial effects.
In a foaming hand soap dispenser, fill it with 3/4 cup of distilled water and 1/4 cup of Castile soap. Add 5 drops of tea tree oil and eucalyptus essential oil. The eucalyptus essential oil is great for soothing and cooling skin and as mentioned before, the tee tree oil has antibacterial properties.
For a luxurious and moisturizing body wash, take a look at this recipe: Homemade Body Wash That is Natural & Moisturizing
Shampoo is also simple to make. In a container with a top, add 3 cups of water and 1 cup Castile soap. To make a moisturizing shampoo, you can also add a tablespoon of olive oil.
For shaving your underarms and legs, add about a couple of squirts of Castile soap to a cup of warm water. For shaving your face, add about double the Castile soap. To add a moisturizing element, add a bit of olive oil. The oil will make it very slippery so be careful with the razor.
Castile Soap For the Garden
If you’ve got a garden that’s been plagued by harmful pests, visit: Organic Pest Control for an effective red peppers and garlic tea recipe made with Castile soap.