Up until a couple of years ago I had to special order castile soap online but today you can usually find it at your local grocery store! This natural soap is definitely making a comeback! And no wonder! It has tons of uses, from head-to-toe body care to every day household cleaning, laundry, and pet care. Plus, a little of this soap goes a long way, making it a great value (despite the higher price tag.)
Many of you are probably already familiar with what castile soap is, and some of the great ways you can use it, but in case you aren’t, here’s a brief “reader’s digest” rundown…
Castile soap is soap made from vegetable oil, rather than from animal fat or synthetic detergents. It originates from the Castile region of Spain (hence the name,) where it was made from pure, local olive oil. Although olive oil is the traditional base oil, the soap can be made with coconut, hemp, avocado, almond, walnut, and many other vegetable oils.
Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soaps (pictured throughout this post) are made using pure coconut, olive, hemp, and jojoba oils. The result is a concentrated and completely biodegradable liquid soap that cleans gently, yet effectively, and can be used in a dizzying number of different ways!
Today we’re sharing some of our favorite with you!
All-Purpose Cleaning Spray
Add 1/4 c. of castile soap to a quart of warm water, stir in well. Add essential oils, if desired, for added cleaning and disinfecting power. (I used Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Soap, which already contains tea tree (melaleuca) oil, so that saved me a step!) Pour the solution into a spray bottle and use to clean surfaces all over your home!
Coconut Milk Shampoo
I orginally posted this recipe in 2012, and since then it has been pinned over 110,000 times on Pinterest! This “shampoo” has definitely stood the test of time, and I still love it as much as I did when I wrote the post!
Fruit and Veggie Wash
As consumers become increasingly more concerned about the use of harmful pesticides and sprays on our fresh produce, Fruit and Veggie Washes have become a popular solution. But with a little castile soap, you can make a simple and effective wash for your produce right at home!
Add 1/4 tsp. of castile soap to a bowl of water and stir. Dunk your produce into the bowl and swish around to loosen any dirt or debris. Rinse well under cold water and you’re ready to eat!
Reusable Kitchen Wipes
Single-use antibacterial wipes are certainly convenient to have in the kitchen, but they can also be expensive and create unnecessary waste. Using castile soap, essential oils, and a few old t-shirts, you can easily whip up a batch of your own convenient and reusable kitchen wipes!
Add 1/4 c. of tea tree soap to a quart of water and stir to mix. (You can also just add 6-8 drops of Melaleuca essential oil to the soap if you don’t have the tea tree soap on hand.) Spray indoors or outdoors, wherever ants have been spotted or are accumulating.
Note: Do not use on plants, as this concentration will burn plants!
Moisturizing Foaming Hand Wash
This all-natural hand soap has plenty of antibacterial kick from essential oils, which will help keep you and your family healthy. And while many antibacterial soaps can be very drying, the addition of coconut oil to this soap will help keep your hands smooth and supple.
Nourishing Body Wash
Castile soap and coconut milk, along with a bit of Vitamin E oil, come together to make a gentle and nourishing body wash the whole family will love to use. Get the recipe and instructions from Live Simply.
Castile soap is very gentle and moisturizing, which makes it a great baby wash! Add 1 ounce of liquid castile soap to 4 ounces of purified or distilled water. Add 3-6 drops of essential oil such as lavender, lemon, or wild orange if desired. Use caution to avoid getting soap in the eyes.
For more natural baby care ideas, click here.
A little bit of castile soap rubbed between wet hands creates a beautiful lather that’s perfect for shaving! The oils in the soap help the razor glide along your skin, which can help reduce cuts and razor burn. Use it for shaving your face, underarms, legs, etc.
Antibacterial “Soft Scrub” Cleanser
Make an all-natural DIY version of the popular “Soft Scrub” cleaner using baking soda, castile soap, and vinegar. The baking soda gives this cleaner extra “oomph” for scrubbing away grease and grime on tile, porcelain, glass, stovetops, and more!
Oil Soap Plant Spray
Insects and fungal infections can be a real pain for any gardener, but can be especially tricky for those who practice organic gardening! But never fear, because this oil soap plant spray is an effective insecticide and fungicide, is made with all-natural ingredients, and is also easy and affordable to make at home!
Homemade Honey Facial Cleanser
This is one of my all-time favorite homemade facial cleansers! Combine 3 Tbsp. honey, 1/2 c. vegetable glycerine, and 2 Tbsp. liquid castile soap in a small bottle, and massage onto face and neck for 30 seconds or so to cleanse the skin. The honey helps your skin retain moisture, and also contains antioxidants that can provide added benefits.
For more details, and for 3 additional recipes for homemade facial cleansers, click here.
A bit of castile soap can be used to give your pooch a luxurious bath! Simply wet your dog’s coat and massage a small amount of castile soap into their fur until you achieve a good lather. Make sure to massage it down into their skin! Your dog will love the massage, and they’ll be clean as a whistle too!
Add 1/2 c. castile soap to 3 gallons of hot water in a bucket and mop away!
Fill your sink or a basin with 10 parts warm water and 1 part castile soap, and wash dishes as usual. The same ratio can be used to make a smaller amount to use in a soap-dispensing scrub brush.
What are your favorite uses for this versatile soap?