12 Great Ways to Use Castile Soap

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I buy my castile soap in bulk. I’m just a super twigs-and-granola kinda gal, which means I use castile soap by the bucketful. But don’t worry, for those less committed to “crunchy” life, they also sell it in small, tester portions.

I never knew what “castile” was until I started using the stuff, but the moniker just describes a style of soap, not a brand. Think tissue, not Kleenex. Castile means that it’s made from 100 percent plant oils (no animal products like tallow, which show up in most commercial soaps). It’s also a true soap, not a chemical detergent, making castile soap completely biodegradable and very earth-friendly.


What follows is a list of ways to incorporate this cheap, environmentally awesome ingredient into your daily life. Some of the ideas are for beginners, or “hippie-lite.” Others are out and out barefoot-moon-dancing-earth-mother. (Okay, maybe castile soap is not so hippie. Denver plumbing company Quality First Plumbing recommends hot water and castile soap as an all-purpose household cleaner, and they are plumbers, not hippies.) Just pick and choose as you please! And don’t forget, you can add various essential oil herbal infusions to each of these recipes, to customize and diversify your castile soaping experience. Maybe you like orange blossom to clean your tile flooring, and peppermint on your dishes. Lot’s of people prefer lemon in the bathroom, and I love lavender in my laundry. And each oil or herb will confer its own properties. For example, eucalyptus is an antimicrobial, and chamomile is a relaxant. The possibilities are endless and it’s oh-so fun to experiment!

12 great ways to use castile soap

1. Shampoo: Use castile soap as a stand-in for a harsh detergent-based shampoo. Give your head a break! Just mix castile soap with water at a ratio of 1:3.

2. Laundry Detergent: You can make your own laundry detergent with simple, common ingredients. Save tons money and do the environment a friendly favor. It’s a win-win!

3. Tub Scrub: Make a tile or toilet “soft scrub” out of baking soda and castile soap. Simply fill a spray bottle with a dilution of 1:3 castile to water. Sprinkling the area you wish to clean with a liberal dusting of baking soda, then spray the castile solution over the top. Scour with a sponge or scrub brush and watch the stains disappear. This also works great on crusty stovetops!

4. Mopping Solution: M Use 2 or 3 tablespoons of castile soap in a full bucket of water, and mop mop mop your floors to a sparkly new luster.

5. Dish Soap: Make a dishwashing soap (for hand washing) or a liquid hand soap (for washing hands) by simply mixing a 1:1 ratio of castile to water.

6. Dishwasher Detergent: Make a fancier DIY liquid dishwasher detergent that’s inexpensive and eco-friendly.

7. Soap Dispenser Refill: You can refill your foaming hand soap dispenser with 1 part castile soap to 4 parts water.

8. Body Wash: You can use castile soap as a gentle yet efficient bath soap/body wash. They actually sell castile bar soap, but if you want to use the liquid just dilute it in a 2:1 ratio of castile to water.

9. Dog Shampoo: What’s good enough for you is even better for your pet! Use the same ratio listed above for an awesome DIY doggie shampoo.

10. Toothpaste: You can actually use castile soap in place of your toothpaste, and pure soap is much better for your teeth than the nasty chemicals they put in most commercial pastes. Just add a few drops directly to your wet brush. It works wonders, although the flavor can take some getting used to!

11. Veggie Wash: Make a simple veggie wash for cleansing all your produce. Add 1 tablespoon castile soap to 2 cups of water, and keep the mixture in a squirt bottle near the kitchen sink.

12. Carpet Cleaner: Finally, you can make an effective carpet cleaner by mixing 1/4 cup castile into 1 cup water. Place the solution in the blender and let it fly until it forms a stiff foam. Apply as you would any other carpet cleaning product.

What’s your favorite way to use castile soap? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

Source: Care2.com

30 Comments on 12 Great Ways to Use Castile Soap

  1. Brieal Wilson

    I think these dilutions are reallly inflated. I use dr. bronners to wash my hair and body, and I just mix a tiiiiny squirt (more like a few drops, definitely much less than 1:10 ratio) in a 3 oz bottle and fill it the rest of the way with water. I use this once on my hair, then refill and use once on my body. I actually think if you use more than this you're stripping your skin even more and it makes you stink more. (My boyfriend stopped diluting it before putting it on his bath pouf, and now he gets smelly waaayy faster than before. I'm making him dilute it again.)

    And I don't use it for dish soap, but from how little I have to dilute it for my hair, I'm SURE a 1:1 ratio is much too high. Probably more like 1:5? It really depends on your method of doing dishes.

  2. Brieal Wilson

    Any Dr. Bronners will work for anything. You should do some personal research depending on what you want to use it for.. I've only bought peppermint and lavender in the past. Peppermint has a minty clean feel and may help wake you up in the morning. The reason I bought lavendar is because I had dreads and lavender oil prevents mold. Today I bought the unscented mild baby soap b/c I am having a baby soon and it will be more sensitive for him. Tea tree oil is also really good for your hair. Because of the way the oils are saponified into the soap, I don't believe they are as effective as the oil itself, but it has to be better than nothing.

    If you dilute it for shampoo/body wash it will for SURE save you a lot of money and be much better for you. I only do maybe a 1:10 ratio at the most and it works just fine for me. It looks like you have dreads tho.. the baking soda/vinegar method is much better b/c dr. bronners leaves a buildup on your hair. Since I don't have dreads anymore, I just use conditioner afterward to make my hair not sticky feeling, but if I had dreads I would use vinegar to rinse, whether using baking soda or dr. bronners to wash.

    You should visit dreadlockssite.com. There is a lot of great information there and info telling you the best way to wash your hair, as well as why dr. bronners is not the best for dreads (probably b/c it leaves a film.. that's just my guess), and also why you shouldn't use wax or any type of products in your hair.

  3. Brieal Wilson

    A couple other things I'd like to mention:

    If you're using it for shampoo, it's going to leave a waxy buildup. Using conditioner after or rinsing with diluted vinegar solves this problem.

    And you shouldn't dilute the soap until you're actually using it. If your water is even the LEAST bit hard, it will lower the power of the soap the longer it sits there. That's why I use a small bottle in my shower to dilute it when I wash. (Plus if you diluted it in the bottle it comes in, the bottle would have to be practically empty to dilute it enough.)

  4. Ruby Montano-Villarreal

    1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax 1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (NOT BAKING SODA!!)
    4 cups of hot water
    this mixed with a grated bar of fels Naptha 5.5 oz bar makes 1/2 a gallon,you could replace the bar with the castille to make the laundry detergent

  5. Lisa Overstreet-capuano

    Add vinegar and you have good fly spray for your horses. I use it for my laundry too. Do you have a recipe for the dishwasher?

  6. Joao Rozo

    .. E-Bay & Amazon .. look at all the ranges available & the suppliers .. prices vary considerably depending on size .. I paid £16.50 for a litre .. 3 months back the supplier sold it for £15 for a litre .. but I am in the UK .. Dr Bronners is made in USA ..

  7. Kathleen Taugher-Weigl

    Patti Johnson Dr Bronners does not use "fragrance" They only use pure essential oil to scent their soap

  8. Now I remember what it was when I was checking things. It does have some chemicals that are Reproductive and cancer causing. There are other Castile soaps that are better.

  9. Deb Flynn

    Jessica Baier , I've never heard of those stores. I'm in Ontario Canada. Would like to know where to buy it here, can't even find Borax.

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