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7 Ways to Clean With Castile Soap

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7 Ways to Clean With Castile Soap

By Linda Merrill, Networx

*Editor’s note: This article was not endorsed or paid for by Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap.† I honestly just think that homeowners should know about this biodegradable, versatile cleaning product because I’ve used it for years and I think it’s great.† – Chaya Goodman

Dr. Bronnerís Castile Soap has been on the market for decades. Made from vegetable and hemp oils, Bronnerís has no animal fats, is organic and all natural. Due to its super concentrated properties, one bottle of soap goes a long way, which cuts down on the use of plastic bottles. Castile soap is a type of soap made exclusively from vegetable oil rather than animal fats or synthetics.

Emmanuel Bronner emigrated to the US from Germany in 1929. He was born into the Heilbronner family of long time soap makers. His parents were killed in the Holocaust, after refusing to emigrate with him. Despite, or perhaps because of, this tragedy, Bronner infused his work with moral aphorisms taken from varied Jewish, Christian and other sources. Itís all printed in tiny print on his iconic bottle labels.† Dr. Bronnerís Castile soap, long a favorite of tree-huggers and budget conscious buyers, is finding a resurgence of popularity in todayís households.

Here’s how to clean almost anything with castile soap:

1. Scrubbing cleanser: Mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with a few squirts Bronnerís liquid soap for an effective, yet non-abrasive cleanser. Use a thinner version (more soap added) for a toilet bowl cleaner.

2. Floor cleaner: Mix several tablespoons of liquid soap in a bucket of water (roughly 1 part soap to 40 parts water) and stir gently.

3. Laundry detergent: Use a quarter to a third of a cup straight liquid soap for a full load of clothing. Those in hard water areas may require the full third of a cup. For an added laundry boost, throw in a few spoonfuls of baking soda.

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3:34AM PDT on Aug 24, 2014

noted

6:08AM PDT on Aug 22, 2014

good advice

2:44AM PDT on Aug 10, 2014

Thanks for sharing...

2:58PM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

The good thing about this soap is that it uses coconut oil, instead of palm oil.

2:55PM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

thanks!

6:20AM PDT on Jul 16, 2014

Love it, thanks.

7:49AM PDT on May 28, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

10:09PM PDT on May 5, 2014

Good to know.

11:04AM PDT on Apr 30, 2014

I find I get most things just as clean using plain vinegar and baking soda, and the less bottles and "stuff" I have to keep track of the better.

1:50PM PDT on Mar 23, 2014

All except your dish soap recipe are excellent! Dr. Bronner's though should never be mixed with vinegar, you can read more on Lisa Bronner's blog. Basically she tells us that vinegar causes the soap to "curdle", like milk would if vinegar was added, and it becomes ineffective. She recommends a rinse with vinegar AFTER cleaning. Thanks for your time and keep up the "green" work!

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