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. Bronner’s Castile Soap has been on the market for decades. Made from vegetable and hemp oils, Bronner’s 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. It’s all printed in tiny print on his iconic bottle labels. Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap, long a favorite of tree-huggers and budget conscious buyers, is finding a resurgence of popularity in today’s 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 Bronner’s 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.