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7 Ways to Clean With Castile Soap

4. Plant pests: Add 1 tablespoon of Dr. Bronner’s peppermint scented liquid soap to a ½  gallon of water. Spray on plants to kill aphids and other pests.

5. Dishwasher liquid: Mix together ½ cup liquid soap, ½ cup water, 1-2 teaspoons of lemon juice and ½ cup white vinegar. Blend well and store in a plastic bottle. Two tablespoons will do for one load of dishes.

6. General Purpose Spray Cleaner 1: Use 3 tablespoons liquid soap, 2 tablespoons borax, 6 cups filtered water, and 2 cups distilled white vinegar for a truly green cleaning product. Bring water to a boil and pour over the soap and borax to dissolve. Whisk in the vinegar and let cool. Store in a spray bottle.

7. General Purpose Spray Cleaner 2: Same as above, but exchange vinegar with 3 tablespoons baking soda.

Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile soap comes in several all-natural scents, including: Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree Oil, Almond, Citrus, Lavender and Rose. For those with sensitive skin, it also comes in an unscented Baby Mild formula. Any of the scented soaps may be used in most of the cleaning recipes above with the exception of the laundry soaps, as some of the oils in the scents may stain fabrics.

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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


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!

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.

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