You may have noticed that I love Dr. Bronner Castile Soap! In my article on natural cleaning tips, I mentioned that liquid castile soap is one cleaning supply to have on hand since it is so versatile, non-toxic, gentle, and is safe for the environment.
Dr. Bronner’s castile soap is a combination of organic extra virgin coconut, olive, jojoba, and hemp oils, together with pure essential oils. From their website, here are a few more great things about their castile soaps:
- Completely Biodegradable and Vegetable-Based
- Made with Certified Fair Trade and Organic Oils
- Multi-Purpose: 18-in-1 Uses
- No Synthetic Foaming Agents, Thickeners, or Preservatives
- 100% Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) Cylinder Bottles and Paper Labels
I use it for so many things around the house and I thought you might like to know of a few more uses.
In a recent article I told you how I use plain castile soap for shampoo. I have also come across some simple recipes for making shampoo using liquid castile soap.
Simple Shampoo Recipe
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup liquid castile soap
- 1/2 teaspoon sunflower or other light vegetable oil
Mix the ingredients, store in a bottle, and use as shampoo.
Check out NaturalNews.com for variations of this recipe for other hair types: dandruff and dry scalp, oily scalp, color treated hair, enhancing blond hair, and enhancing dark hair.
Don’t forget your pet; you can use castile soap as a natural pet shampoo!
2. Shaving Cream Lather
While you are in the shower, use some of that castile soap for a lather when you shave your legs. It will also work for men when shaving their faces.
3. Hand Soap
You may remember my article on the toxic ingredients in hand soap; here is a solution!
For a cheaper (and non-toxic) hand soap, fill a self-foaming soap dispenser 1/4 full with liquid castile soap, fill the rest of the bottle with water, and shake it up. This has worked so well for us for awhile now. I didn’t go out and buy a new soap dispenser; I actually just use an old bottle and keep refilling it with castile soap and water. (See the photo on the right.)
Dr. Bronner’s also makes castile bar soap.
4. Dish Washing Liquid
As I mentioned in my article on natural cleaning tips for the kitchen, liquid castile soap can be used for a liquid dish soap. Combine the following ingredients in the container of your choice (a recycled dish soap squeeze bottle is one idea):
- 2 cups of liquid castile soap
- 1/2 cup warm water
- few drops of essential oils for scent (optional, especially if using scented castile soap)
Shake well before using.
5. Laundry Soap
Many people want to use non-toxic laundry detergent for their baby’s clothes; in my articles on non-toxic laundry detergents and greening your clean you learned the importance using non-toxic laundry detergent for everyone. One of my readers shared these instructions for using Dr. Bronner soap to wash laundry. (Thank you Leslie!) The instructions are straight from Dr. Bronner customer service.
- Normal top loading machine: Use 1/4-1/3 cup of soap per large load.
- HE machine: Use 1/8-1/6 cup of soap per large load.
- Normal top loading machine: Use 2 T Sal Suds per large load.
- Front loading HE machine: Use 1 T Sal Suds per large load.
Remember, you can also add 1/2 cup (1/4 cup for HE) of baking soda for extra whitening, brightening, softening, and deodorizing.
I hope you’ve learned a few more ways you can use castile soap around the house. By using liquid castile soap for many types of cleaning, you are using a soap that’s safer for your family and for the environment. If you don’t have some already, go to Amazon.com and get one for yourself.
Wendy – ParentingTips365.com