So you’ve heard of Castile Soap, but you may be wondering: What in the world is it? and How to use castile soap? This post is for you!
“MOM! I need you to make some more soap!” my youngest yells to me from the bathroom. We’re out of hand soap and she needs to wash her hands. I grab two bottles from under the sink, turn on the water, and less than 30 seconds later I have a full container of foaming hand soap ready for her to use.
What’s my secret? Castile soap.
You’ll be surprised at all of the different things you can use castile soap for! But first, let’s learn more about this amazing soap.
What is Castile Soap?
- Saponified Organic Coconut & Organic Olive Oils (w/Retained Glycerin)
- Organic Hemp Oil
- Organic Jojoba Oil
- Citric Acid
- Vitamin E
This soap is super versatile and multifunctional. Castile soap is probably my favorite multipurpose green and natural product! There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t use castile soap multiple times, in multiple ways, around my home. It will help you to simplify both your personal care products and your green cleaning routine.
How to Use Castile Soap
- Body Wash – It just takes a little squirt on one of those bath poofs and you have tons of soapy lather in the shower. The citrus scent is so energizing – it’s great for helping me wake up in the morning. I use it full strength, but because it’s so concentrated you could try diluting it to help it stretch even farther!
- Shaving “cream” – I really like shaving with castile soap. It has a lot of lather, and because it’s made with oils my razor glides better than when I was just using regular body wash. It’s also pretty moisturizing and doesn’t dry my skin out in the winter. Or try making this great homemade shaving cream!
- Baby Wash – It also works great as a head to toe baby wash. You do have to be a little careful with it around their eyes because it’s not tear free, but especially if you dilute it, it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. You can also squirt it in the bathtub to create a bubble bath for your kiddos. The bubbles won’t last as long as traditional bubble bath, but it’s still fun for them.
- Hand Soap – Use a foaming soap dispenser and fill it up with water and then add a few squirts of castile soap and glycerin. (Another great way to avoid triclosan!) It’s also great for kids because it makes a lot of fun bubbles to wash with, but without the nasty chemicals in popular foaming kids’ soaps.
- Baby Wipes – I use castile soap and Tea Tree Oil mixed with water as a homemade solution for my baby wipes. These wipes are great for changing diapers, but also perfect to use for wiping little hands and faces after eating, for cleaning spots of spit-up or other stains off of clothing, or just about anything you would use a disposable wipe for.
- Homemade Multipurpose Cleaner – One of my favorite and most used multipurpose cleaners is castile soap and Tea Tree Oil mixed with water in a spray bottle. It’s super easy to make, and you can use it to clean all around the house.
- Homemade Soft Scrub – This is a quick and easy non-toxic cleaner to mix up for the bathroom. It is awesome at getting sinks and tubs bright white and shiny again!
- Find five simple homemade cleaners you can make with castile soap!
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The label on Dr. Bronner’s brand of castile soap makes me laugh, it’s definitely a little strange when you read over it. But, it does list a lot of different uses for castile soap, some of which I have tried myself, and some of which I have not.
More uses for castile soap:
- Use to wash your hair instead of shampoo. I did try this when I was searching for an alternative to the no ‘poo method, and didn’t really like it. It left my hair looking a little greasy and hard to manage. But, I have really thick long hair, so it might work better for other with a different hair type or style.
- Brush your teeth with it. I have not had the courage to try this, but maybe the peppermint would be good?
- Use for laundry. I’ve only used castile soap to hand wash clothes and it works really well. I’m not sure how you would use it in a washing machine, so for now I just stick with using it for hand washables.
- Washing wool. I do use castile soap to wash and lanolize my wool diaper covers and it’s perfect! I don’t have experience with other types of wool though.
- Dishwashing liquid. I have read that some people squirt castile soap right into the sink full of water to wash dishes with. I have tried it and found it does not work well with our very hard water. You could try making a homemade dishwashing soap to see how it works for you.
- Pet Wash. It’s the perfect soap for giving your furry friends a natural and non-toxic bath.
- The bottle also lists uses such as – dentures, deodorant, aftershave, pets, silk, and car. If you wanted to, you really could use it for just about anything and everything!
I really can’t recommend castile soap enough! It may be more expensive than regular soap or body wash up front, but because it’s so concentrated, a bottle really lasts a long time. And because it is so versatile, you end up saving money by eliminating the need to buy so many different products to use around your home!
Now I just need to teach my kiddos how to refill the foaming soap dispenser!
(You can most likely find castile soap at your local health food store, or your local big box grocery store. But the best prices and selection can often be found online at Amazon or Vitacost.com. I just ordered the citrus scent online because I couldn’t find it anywhere else, and it is my favorite scent. If you sign up at Vitacost you’ll get $10 off your first order over $30, and I’ll get $10 too, it’s a win-win!)
Update: Be sure not to mix castile soap with vinegar, as I found out when I uncovered this common green cleaning mistake!
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What’s your favorite way to use castile soap? Do you have another use for it I didn’t list here?
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