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


161 Comments on 12 Great Ways to Use Castile Soap

  1. I’ve been using it as a bodywash straight from the bottle for years now. Didn’t know it was advised to dilute it. I tried that once attempting to make a counter cleaner. It seperated and looked like a mess. Even clogged the sprayer.

  2. WARNING! DO NOT USE AS A TOOTHPASTE. I brushed my teeth with Dr. Bronner’s soap and my teeth turned a horrible grey color. I was afraid I’d have a huge dental bill. Luckily, Tom’s of Maine got rid of the grey after about two days!

  3. It is THE best insect spray for plants!! It even killed Japanese Beetles on my Harry Louder Walking Stick this summer! The only thing you have to be aware of is that it works when you spray it. It doesn’t keep working after it dries. So you might have to spray a couple of consecutive days to kill all bugs. But it won’t harm the plant or the environment, won’t harm pets or other animals, and it won’t harm kids!! Peppermint works best but I have used others when I was out of peppermint (like almond, etc) and it still did the job.

  4. I saw a story on Dr. Bronner’s yesterday on AWE (formerly Wealth TV) and it was very interesting. I use it as a body and hair wash and I like it very much. It takes only a fraction of the soap I had been using.

  5. I’ve just started brushing my teeth with the bar soap- (I was out of toothpaste) I’m amazed! It doesn’t taste soapy. My teeth are whiter and feel like I just got them cleaned. I haven’t made a trip to the store for toothpaste- this is gooood.

  6. You can add a little lavender, geranium and sweet orange essential oils, and a little almond oil to make a nicer shower gel 🙂 But if you add too much almond oil it solidifies in the bottle so just a little

  7. I tried brushing my teeth with Dr. Bronners. After one week MY TEETH TURNED GREY. I was afraid the damage was permanent. I went back to Tom’s of Maine. After two weeks my teeth were back to normal.

  8. Used it for years as body soap – had issues with commercial soap and skin irritation. Almond is my choice. Peppermint is too too in delicate areas! Plus it really is economical – so many uses.

  9. .. I cant shower without my (Eucalyptus) Dr. Bronner’s .. now use at the kitchen & bathroom sinks too .. its too expensive for me to use in other ways, but would if I could afford it ..

  10. Check out natural shampoo bars, I get mine online from chagrin valley but there are other options, they are awesome I will never use shampoo again! They are also true soap but lots of different formulations available and they are superfatted so they moisturize the hair. Natural foods stores might sell them.

  11. I LOVE Dr. Bronner’s! I have a little bottle of peppermint on the way to make toothpaste and I use the unscented on the kids heads as shampoo, as face wash and for shaving! This stuff is the BEST! <3

  12. To say this is an extraordinary product is not giving it its true credit, when someone asked me ‘how good was this soap with all the hype’ I told her it was ‘good to clean the streets of New York and the baby’s eyes with it’…that’s how much I believe in it! she bought it, of course…! but my big frustration is the price. Where can I find Castile Soap in bulk? Thank you, I’d really appreciate your help!

    • Thanks! Castile soap really came from Castile, Spain and is 100% olive oil. Dr. Bonner uses the name as a veggie soap. I used it first back in the 70’s. Nothing wrong with homemade soap made with tallow and/or lard. I make both kinds of soap. Still better than commercial soap that does contain tallow, but they add lots of detergent for the bubbles.

  13. 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.

  14. I have the Dr. Bronner’s unscented plain baby soap and I tried using as a shampoo and it left my hair HORRIBLY greasy and disgusting. It was diluted with 3/4 cup of the soap and 1 cup of water. What was I doing wrong?

  15. I learned about Castile Soap as a child. Shampoos and conditioners were causing horrible sores on my scalp. It had to be Castile or egg yolk and Witch Hazel. It also had to be vinegar instead of conditioner.

  16. I love Dr. Bronners I use it for all of these things and more! Well all except toothpaste, at least not on a regular basis. I have used it a few times as toothpaste when I was out of my regular.

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