From eco-lovers to clean-freaks, castile soap has recently become a hot topic. The ability to dilute it to multiple uses not only allows users to create the exact cleaning product they need, but also reduces their use of single-use plastics since they do not need to buy as many products in stores. There are endless ways to use castile soap around your home, office or anywhere else you hang out, but here are five of our favorites.
All Of Your Shower Needs: Body Wash, Shampoo, Scrub
Shower shelves all over the country are filled with half-empty bottles full of every shower product imaginable. From shampoo to exfoliating body scrub, there are hundreds of options to choose from. Castile soap, however, can make it easy. Here are our tips for using castile soap in the shower:
- Body wash: apply a small squirt to a wash cloth and apply to a wet body.
- Shampoo: in a bottle mix together 1/4 cup of castile soap, 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 teaspoon of carrier oil (i.e. avocado oil, olive oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil) and your favorite essential oils then lather into your hair.
- Body scrub: in a jar mix together 1 tablespoon of liquid soap, 1 tablespoon of water, 1/2 cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons of carrier oil.
Before you chop up those carrots and toss them into a pan, be sure to give them a good wash to remove any remaining soil and any bacteria that might be lurking on the surface. Here’s how to use castile soap to make an effective veggie wash for you to use on the dirty dozen (12 veggies that particularly need washed):
- Mix together 2 teaspoons of castile soap, 1 cup of water and some lemon essential oils if you have them.
- Use 1 squirt of this mixture per handful of produce that you are washing.
- Gently wash the produce with the foaming soap and rinse.
- Set the produce on a towel to dry.
Many people experience irritation, rashes or other skin problems due to the laundry detergent they use. Deciding to forgo the big-box detergent full of chemicals you might be using and making the switch to a gentle, simple detergent can make all the difference for your skin. Here’s a recipe for using castile soap to make simple yet powerful laundry detergent:
- In a large saucepan, boil 6 cups of water. Once the water begins to boil, turn off the burner and add 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of washing soda. Stir to dissolve.
- In a large bucket, combine 11 cups of room-temperature water and 1 cup of castile soap.
- Add some essential oil if you would like.
- Pour the borax mixture into the bucket.
- Stir the mixture together.
- Pour your detergent into desired storage containers such as glass jars.
- Stir or shake together before use and use 1/8-1/4 cup of soap per load.
Wondering how to get rid of those pesky little sugar ants currently invading your kitchen? Instead of purchasing a chemical-filled bug repellent from the store, try this recipe for ant repellent made from castile soap:
- In a spray bottle, mix together 1 cup of warm water, 4 ounces of castile soap, 10 drops of tea tree essential oil and 5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil.
- Apply this spray to your baseboards, window frames, doorways and anywhere else the ants like to enter your home.
All Purpose Cleaner
One of the best ways to keep your home clean and healthy is to always have an effective, toxin-free, all purpose cleaner on hand. Castile soap is a great ingredient for making this product at your home. Here is a recipe:
- In a spray bottle, mix together 1 cup of distilled water, 1 tablespoon of unscented liquid castile soap, and 10 to 15 drops of your favorite essential oils.
- Spray any area that needs to be cleaned and wipe with a damp cloth.