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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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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!

6:06AM PDT on Mar 9, 2014

i don't know this soap

1:47PM PST on Mar 8, 2014

Thank you.

1:46PM PST on Mar 8, 2014

Thank you.

12:44PM PST on Mar 8, 2014

Love it, thanks.

5:49AM PST on Jan 14, 2014

I've never heard of it either. But good to know!

10:14AM PST on Jan 12, 2014

First time I've heard of it!

6:14PM PST on Jan 11, 2014

MAKE YOUR OWN:

One bar castille soap, any brand. Grate and add to boiling water, stir until dissoved. Put in bottle, thin with water as needed. CHEAP, good. Add scented oils as you wish, rosemary and mint are good.

1:57AM PST on Nov 17, 2013

Thank you Chaya :)

10:25AM PST on Nov 15, 2013

Thank you!

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