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Castile soap, which originates from the Castile region of Spain, is a type of soap made from plant oils. It is a “true soap” and not simply a chemical detergent. It’s sensitive on skin, it’s bio-degradable and Earth-friendly making it a wonderful product to use when making your own household products.
Castile soap is incredibly versatile and can be used as a major ingredient to make all kinds of products from natural beauty items to natural cleaning supplies.
In this blog post, we will reveal how you can ditch many of the most toxic products in your home and replace with Castile soap, plus a few other natural ingredients, for a cheaper, more natural alternative.
Most of these homemade recipes call for the use of Unscented Baby Mild Liquid Castile Soap which is available to buy from this page on Amazon. However there are also a number of different scents available, such as peppermint, lavender, citrus and more which are all available from this page on Amazon. which you can try out in place of the unscented soap.
Homemade Dish Soap
Simply replace your regular store bought dish soap with a squirt of Castile soap. It works better than any store bought alternative and it’s all natural!
Homemade Laundry Detergent
- 1 cup liquid Castile soap
- 1 cup baking soda
- 2 cups water
- 1/3 cup salt
Dissolve the baking soda and salt in the two cups of warm water. Pour into a gallon container, add the liquid Castile soap and fill to the top with water. Use 1/4 of a cup per load so this recipe is good for about 64 loads!
Homemade Dishwasher Soap
Mix 8 oz of Citrus Castile Soap with one cup of water and two teaspoons of lemon juice and shake gently.
To use add one tablespoon of the above mixture into the OPEN compartment of your dishwasher and add a cup of white vinegar to the CLOSED compartment. Add more vinegar if your water is hard.
Homemade All Purpose Cleaner
Homemade Glass Cleaner
Mix half a cup of white vinegar, two teaspoons of liquid Castile soap and two cups of distilled warm water. Optionally, add a few drops of tea tree essential oil to the mixture. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle, shake and spray onto your windows and clean with newspaper for a streak free finish.
Homemade Tub Scrub
Fill a spray bottle with one third Castile soap and two thirds water. Spread baking soda liberally around the bath and spray the Castile soap mixture on. Scrub with a scouring pad or scrub brush.
Homemade Face Wash
In a foaming dispenser, add one quarter cup of liquid Castile soap, fill to the top with distilled water (approx one cup) and add five drops of tea tree oil. The tea tree oil is a great antibacterial and is particularly useful for acne prone skin.
Making your own shampoo with Castile soap is incredibly easy, it uses only one extra natural ingredient and it lathers unlike many other homemade shampoo recipes.
Simply mix together 1 Tbsp Castile soap with one tsp coconut milk for a single serving of shampoo. You can make this in larger batches by storing in the fridge. It will keep for at least a week.
Homemade Hand Soap
Fill a foaming hand soap dispenser with three quarters water (boiled or distilled) and one quarter unscented liquid Castile soap.
Optional: Add 1/8 of a teaspoon of essential oil – such as tea tree for its antibacterial properties, lemon for its odor killing properties or lavender for its fragrant scent.
Homemade Dog Shampoo
Make sure your dog is wet and then squeeze a couple of squirts of Peppermint Castile Soap and rub into your dogs fur until you have a nice lather. Then simply rinse off with warm water. Be sure to keep the soap out of their eyes and water out of their ears.
Where To Buy Castile Soap
The most popular brand of Castile Soap is the Dr. Bronner’s variety and the most regularly used in the recipes above is the Baby Unscented bottle which is available to buy from this page on Amazon.
There are also a number of different scents of Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap available including peppermint, citrus, lavender, rose and almond to name just a few. All of these are available to buy from this page on Amazon.
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