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12 Great Ways to Use Castile Soap

12 Great Ways to Use Castile Soap

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!

 

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: 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!

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6:35PM PST on Dec 15, 2014

These recipes are great! I've been using Castile soap for my dishwShing, as hand soap & shampoo. I love Dr. Bronners but it's so expensive by the gallon. Where do you get yours in bulk???

8:12AM PST on Dec 1, 2014

◕◕◕╰დ╮ THANK YOU for your time and for posting! ╭დ╯◕◕◕

12:36PM PDT on Oct 11, 2014

I discovered store brought soap is so toxic then I discovered a company that makes all natural soap . Here's their address www.SoulNourishingHomemade.com. No more toxins going into my body! They have AMAZING liquid soap that's all purpose too. They make it will all types of oils and no hydrogenated oils!

8:40AM PDT on Sep 11, 2014

Hi everyone! I just bought the liquid Castile soap, I tried to mix it with water at a ratio of 1:3. I also added some drops of lavender essential oil. At the first moment it seemed to liquid, so as the seller put on the product descripcion, I added some table salt to make it thicker. I let it rest for over 24 over but it seems like didn't mix! You can see a lot of foam on the top and all the water at the bottom.
Did I do something wrong? how can I fixed? how is the proper way to mix the soap/water? Please, if you could help me I would really appreciate it! Thanks!

8:39AM PDT on Sep 11, 2014

Hi everyone! I just bought the liquid Castile soap, I tried to mix it with water at a ratio of 1:3. I also added some drops of lavender essential oil. At the first moment it seemed to liquid, so as the seller put on the product descripcion, I added some table salt to make it thicker. I let it rest for over 24 over but it seems like didn't mix! You can see a lot of foam on the top and all the water at the bottom.
Did I do something wrong? how can I fixed? how is the proper way to mix the soap/water? Please, if you could help me I would really appreciate it! Thanks!

7:32AM PDT on Aug 16, 2014

send me your email and i will refer you to a site where you can purchase castile soap with free shipping to europe. thanks!

4:27AM PDT on Jul 25, 2014

Can I get it in Europe?

2:03PM PDT on Jul 17, 2014

I wonder if Castile soap can also be used as an organic insect repellent? Good article, thank you!

7:33PM PDT on Jul 16, 2014

I like to learn at least one new thing a day . thank you

1:46PM PDT on Jul 14, 2014

Wow...don't know why that posted 5 times!

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