I’ve only been using castile soap for a little while now. I don’t know why. I was so dependent on many brands for certain things, I was oblivious that one bottle of soap could be used for everything! Less bottles under my sink and less things I have to buy… makes me a pretty happy mom!
I’ve used a handful of different brands of castile soap. Some I like more than others, and that’s basically because of the scents. Some use different essential oils and some are stronger than others, but you always want to read the ingredients. Some I have looked at aren’t as great as I thought..using artificial fragrances or cheaper oils can change the consistency and potency of the soap. So, just be aware.
My personal preference is Dr. Bronners. All the information below will be how to use and dilute for Dr. Bronners castile soap and you may have to change the dilution slightly for other brands!
Let’s start with the basics….. What is Castile Soap?
It’s a natural soap made from different pure vegetable oils. This soap is completely safe and is multi-use and 2-3x concentrated than ordinary liquid soaps.
Ingredients (for example, Dr. Bronners):
Water, Organic Coconut Oil (Certified Fair Trade), Potassium Hydroxide (used in saponification, none remains after this process), Organic Palm Kernel Oil (Certified Fair Trade), Organic Olive Oil (Certified Fair Trade), Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).
Depending on the scent of the soap, they will add essential oils to make it smell good 🙂 My favorite is peppermint and rose from Dr Bronners!
The Multi Uses of Castile Soap!
We’re talking body, face, hands, teeth, dishes, laundry, mopping, pets, and more! It’s all about diluting what comes in the bottle. So many uses…Here We Go!
2-3 Drops on wet hands, rub together and apply to wet face!
Small squirt on a wash cloth and apply to wet body!
1/2 tbsp. in hand and scrub into wet hair. Rinse with diluted apple cider vinegar.
2 tbsp. in an average size bath tub. Won’t foam or suds up like regular bubble bath, but will clean well!
lathers well and is great for shaving. Use 10 drops for face, 3 drops for underarms or 1/2 tsp for legs.
Brush your teeth with 1 drop on toothbrush. Peppermint would be my choice of soap!
1 1/2 tsp in small tub of hot water.
Congestion/Cold & Flu-
1 tbsp in a bowl of hot steamy water. Peppermint would be my choice for this to really open up your sinuses. Place a towel over your head and inhale the steam. Breathe!
Dilute 1:10 in a separate bottle and squirt on scrub brush. (This is for handwashing only)
1/2 cup soap (half for HE) for large load on average wash! Use 1/2 vinegar for rinse cycle.
1/2 cup soap in 3 gallons of water.
All purpose cleaning-
1/4 cup of soap added to 1 quart of water in a spray bottle. Tea Tree, Theives, Lemon or any other essential oil of your choice may be added depending on the job.
1 tbsp soap added to water in a spray bottle. Finish the window with club soda or a mix of half vinegar and half water.
1/4 cup of soap to 1 quart of water in a spray bottle. Add 1/4 tsp of tea tree oil. Turn off water, flush toilet, squirt bowl, scrub with baking soda, let sit 10 mins, turn on water and flush.
Fruit and Veggie Cleaner-
1/4 tsp in a bowl of water, Add fruit and move it through the water, and rinse in clear water.
Amount will depend on the size of your dog. Always apply to wet hair and massage down into skin. Peppermint and lavender is best to deter bugs.
Plant spray (for bugs)-
1 tbsp in quart of water in spray bottle. Can also add cinnamon or cayenne pepper.
1/4 cup Dr Bronners Tea Tree Castile Soap in a quart of water. Do not apply to plants!!
A couple squirts of castile soap in 1 cup of water, add either lavender or tea tree oil and use on your reusable or disposable wipe cloths.
2 Tbsp castile soap, 8-10 drops Tea Tree Oil in 1 cup of water.
So many uses!! Best thing to remember is DILUTE your soap!! Castile soap is a little bit more expensive than ordinary liquid soap. Diluting soap will stretch the amount that comes in each bottle, which in the long run will save you money!!