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How to use Castile Soap

When it comes to a general all-rounder, Castile soap is one of our favourites.  It has so many uses – from shampoo and body wash to cleaning, laundry and more. 

So we’ve put together some of our favourite ways to use this versatile product. 

So first off, what exactly is Liquid Castile Soap?

Made from all plants, it’s all natural and a great all-rounder to have in your home.  It is safe, natural and makes the perfect cleaner for your home, body, children and pets. 

Traditionally castile soap was a hard white soap made from olive oil.  These days it means a vegetable based soap. 

Most castile soap today is actually a blend of olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, or any other commonly used vegetable oil. Castile soap can be made as either a hard bar soap or a liquid soap. Some brands are made with palm oil*, so that’s something to watch out for.  

We stock Conscious Liquid Castile Soap which is made from 50/50 blend of olive and coconut oils.   

This beautifully blended soap is: 

  • Eco-friendly and biodegradable 
  • Mild and non-allergenic
  • Naturally antibacterial 
  • Non-toxic, no preservatives or chemicals, paraben and sls free 
  • Affordable -an extremely concentrated soap which can be diluted with each use
  • Vegan

 It doesn’t bubble and suds up like a detergent would, but we love it because it does such a great job and can be used in so many ways.  Here’s some of our favourite ways to use it:

 Around the home

All purpose cleaning spray. A little castile soap, mixed with warm water, and some drops of your favourite essential oil mixed in a spray bottle makes for a fabulous all-purpose cleaner. Make sure to put the water in the bottle first to avoid a soapy mess. You can use it on your counters in your bathroom and kitchen, your sinks, stovetops, even your toilets.

Shower scrub. Mix 2-3 tablespoons of castile soap with 1/4 cup baking soda for a non-toxic shower scrub. It really works! Try it!

Handwashing dishes. Keep a bottle of castile soap next to your sink for just this purpose. A little dab will work magic on a whole sink of dirty dinner dishes. Or if you want another option, mix ¼ cup of liquid castile soap into an empty dishwashing liquid bottle, fill up with water, gently mix and use as needed.

Veggie wash. Many people use pricey vegetable washes to help rinse fruit and vegetables from their dirt and pesticide residue, but you can use castile soap instead. Just add 1 tablespoon castile soap to 2 cups of water, and store the mixture in a squirt bottle right beside your kitchen sink.

Floor cleaner. Mix 2 tablespoons of castile soap in a bucket with warm water and mop away!

Laundry. 1 tablespoon into a bucket of warm water for pre-wash or hand washing delicates. Add 1/3—1/2 cup of soap for a large load in a normal washer. Add ½ cup white vinegar to the rinse cycle.

Toilet. Dilute 1 part castile soap with 4 parts water in a squirt bottle. Add 6-10 drops of tea tree oil (or your oil of choice). Squirt the toilet bowl thoroughly and sprinkle baking soda through the bowl.  Scrub with toilet brush, let it sit for 10 minutes and then flush. 

 

For your body

 

Body wash and shampoo. If you're low-maintenance guy or gal, you'll be happy to know that you can use castile soap as an all-in-one in the shower, both for your hair and your body. 

Body wash: Mix ¼ cup castile soap with ¾ cup of water into pump soap bottle.  Use one squirt on a wet washcloth, applied to a wet body.  Or use 1-2 teaspoons in your hand as you would any body wash.  
Shampoo: Simply use ½ tablespoon in your hand and work it into wet hair.  Or mix ½ tablespoon in ½ cup of water.  You can add a few drops of your favourite essential oil if you want to jazz it up a bit.  (Note some people find that it may leave their hair dry and tangled, so you may need to follow up with a conditioner).

Hand soap refill. 1/4 cup castile soap with 3/4 cup water into a hand soap bottle.

Shaving. Use a small amount, neat. As you would shaving foam.

Toothpaste. Did you know castile soap is safe enough to eat? Not that you should use it as your salad dressing, but still. Just put a couple drops on your already wet toothbrush, and brush your teeth as usual. The taste may take getting used to, but it works just as well as traditional toothpaste, without all the chemical ingredients.

 

It’s even great for your pets

Dog shampoo. Make a mixture with 1 tablespoon castile soap to a half bucket of water and shampoo your pup.  Alternatively wet your dog, use 1 tablespoon (max) of castile soap and work into your dog’s coat, rinse thoroughly. 

 Outside & in the garden

Car Wash.  Add ¼ cup into a bucket of hot water and wash the car with it.  Rinse thoroughly

Ant repellent. A few sprays of your castile soap household cleaner will kill ants quickly in your kitchen and spraying on the backs of your countertops and letting them dry will deter them from coming back.

Plant spray for bugs:  Mix 1 tablespoon in 1 litre of water.  Add ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper or cinnamon, or a few drops of neem oil if desired.  Spray on plant for aphids or other bugs (we don’t recommend other essential oils as they can burn the plant foliage).

 

We’re sure there are even more ways to use this versatile product.  So why not ditch the toxic chemicals, and try some pure castile today?  Your household, your body and the environment will thank you for it.

 

* Even 'ethical' palm oil contributes to deforestation and the decline of orangutans and other wild life so we think it’s best just to steer clear of palm oil all together.

 Note: for your safety and well-being, we recommend you do a 'patch test' on your arm or an inconspicuous area prior to use.  Discontinue use if irritation occurs.