What is Castile Soap?
Castile soap is made from 100% pure plant oils. It is all natural and does not contain any chemicals or toxic preservatives as commercial soaps do.
There are several different varieties of castile soap, each with different scents, most are made with essential oils, such as lavender or tea tree oil. Also, there is, my favorite, a non-scented soap which is called Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild. A lot of people I talked to prefer the non-scented because they feel the scented is somewhat strong, but it depends what purpose you use it for.
Here are the ingredients you would find in Castile soap (the Baby Mild kind):
It is great because it doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients and is also bio-degradable.
Where to Find It:
I was surprised how easy it was to find castile soap in my area. Places I’ve seen it include the local health food store, Target, and Walgreens. If you aren’t able to find it locally, you can also get it online. For me, I often opt to get it online because it is quite a bit cheaper.
Castile Soap Uses
- Hand Soap – The soap lathers very well and all you need is a small squirt to wash your hands. You can make a foaming hand soap by mixing water and castile soap and putting it in an empty dispenser. Add in a few drops of your favorite essential oil for a wonderful smell. I like adding lemon and tea tree oil for the kitchen and tea tree and lavender for the bathrooms.
- Face Wash– The soap is very gentle and can be used for your face. I put a few drops of the soap in my hands and add a few drops of water.
- Shampoo– You can replace your shampoo for castile soap. Some say to dilute it to the ratio of 50% water and 50% soap, but I usually just wet my hair and then apply a small amount directly. This makes it easy, especially if you’re in a rush in the morning and are crunched for time.
- Dish soap– It can be used for hand washing dishes and I have heard some people use it for their automatic dishwasher (although I haven’t yet). When washing by hand, I first wash the dishes with the soap and then use white vinegar as a rinse to remove any film left behind.
- Carpet Cleaner-Mix half castile soap with half water for a floor cleaner. I have one room with carpet in my home and just a small amount of this mixture was able to remove a stain.
- Body Wash– Apply to skin and it will form a lather. It makes a great body wash as it is very gentle on your skin.
- Veggie Wash– Most recipes call for using a tablespoon of castile soap to 2 cups of water. You can leave it in a container next to the kitchen sink or put it in a spray bottle.
- All Purpose Cleaner for your home– You can use it for cleaning pretty much anything in your home. I have used it for cleaning my kitchen counter tops, the bathroom tub, tile floors, bathroom sink, and so much more. For cleaning purposes, you can use half water and half soap, but use it full strength to clean up grease or other tough areas.
- Laundry soap -This is one of my favorite castile soap uses! Most of the recipes for natural laundry soap contain borax, but you don’t need it when using this soap. Add ¼ cup to 1/3 cup to a load of laundry. Optional- add a teaspoon of baking soda.
- Shaving cream/soap– Squirt a few drops on to your skin and mix with water. The soap will lather and make shaving a breeze.