It’s no secret that one of my absolute favorite green cleaning products is Dr. Bronner’s castile soap. I use it in everything from my homemade floor cleaner, to my homemade laundry detergent (both liquid and powdered version), and even as a body wash and hand soap! But besides the many uses I’ve found for this amazing soap, there are other reasons that this cleaner is at the very top of my green cleaning arsenal of products.
Castile soap is a vegetable-based soap, as opposed to being made from animal fats, and is one of the most environmentally-friendly soaps no the market today – especially since it’s an actual soap, and not a harsh detergent in disguise like most other “soaps.” It’s free of harsh, toxic chemicals and is completely biodegradable, meaning it won’t harm the waste stream!
Dr. Bronner’s is my absolute favorite brand of castile soap because it’s made from 100% certified fair trade and organic ingredients like coconut, olive, and hemp oils, as well as essential oils. I use both the liquid and bar forms for different purposes, and I love experimenting with all the lovely scents they have ([amazon_link id=”B001211AR8″ target=”_blank” ]almond[/amazon_link]and[amazon_link id=”B00120VWJ0″ target=”_blank” ]peppermint[/amazon_link] are my favorite!); but my go-to bottle is the [amazon_link id=”B000HK1OOY” target=”_blank” ]Baby Mild Unscented[/amazon_link] since I can usually add my own scents with essential oils.
The bottles claim “18-in-1 Uses” with everything from body wash to toothpaste, but I’ve got my own list of my absolute favorite ways to use this truly magical soap in my home:
- Laundry Detergent – The bottle says to use it straight (1/3 to 1/4 cup) in your dispenser, but if you make your own at home, you can stretch it even further! Check out both my liquid detergent and powder detergent recipes to see which one works best for you!
- Shampoo – Before I started using baking soda and vinegar to wash my hair and on days that I feel like I just need a good lather, I pour a small amount of soap into my palm, rub my hands together to work up a lather, then apply to my hair and shampoo as normal. For the hubby, I mix up a larger batch of 1 part soap to 3 parts water and store it in a squeeze bottle. Depending on your hair type, this may or may not work with your hair, so try it out and see.
- Body Wash – I just put a little soap directly on my wet wash cloth, lather up, then rinse. I also like to keep a larger batch in a squeeze bottle with 2 parts soap and 1 part water for guests who may be staying over.
- Veggie Wash – I keep a spray bottle next to my sink filled with 2 cups of water and 1 tablespoon of soap. When I’m just washing a couple pieces of fruits or vegetables, I spray it on, scrub them with my hands, then rinse.
- Shaving Cream – I haven’t bought shaving cream in years and usually just use whatever body wash I have in the shower. Now I just use a couple drops of castile soap to create a nice, gentle lather before shaving. It leaves your skin so silky smooth!
Looking for more great ways to use castile soap? I’m blogging over at Healthy Planet today about 10 ways to use castile soap! Click the link below to get the rest of the list!
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