Castile soap uses for your every day life! Learn the many ways that you can use castile soap as a natural cleaning alternative for your home & body!
Castile Soap Uses For Your Home & Body
If you have never used Castile Soap before, you’re missing out! This plant-based, biodegradable soap is so versatile and can be used for so many things. I’ve taken the time to compile a list of things I use Castile Soap for around my home, to give you some ideas on how you can use it yours.
Castile Soap can be found in most grocery stores now. Since it’s so concentrated and has so many uses, the price is well worth it for such a natural product. If you haven’t seen Castile Soap around the stores you shop at, you can always buy it at Azure. Our personal favorite brand is Dr Jacobs Naturals.
Castile Soap Uses
Castile Soap is a great soap to use for your body. It’s a very pure soap, and won’t dry out your skin. It’s also a great exfoliator, getting rid of any unwanted dirt and grime, that normal soaps may miss. Since it doesn’t have any artificial scents or ingredients in it, it’s also a great option for those with sensitive skin to use safely.
Face Wash and Makeup Remover
Castile soap is gentle enough that it can be used on your face as a facial wash. To make a simple makeup remover, combine 1/4 cup of castile soap, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, and 1/2 cup of distilled water into a small container or bottle. Apply with cloths or cotton swaps to remove your makeup and eye makeup.
—Keep your looking young with this Homemade Face Moisturizer.
It can often be tough to find a dish soap to cut the grease on dirty dishes, that’s also natural and pure. Castile Soap does an excellent job. Since it comes in liquid form, as well as bar form, it’s easy to add a teaspoon to your dishwater. It cleans dishes easily, and doesn’t irritate the skin on your hands at the same time!
—Learn how to make your own Homemade Dish Soap.
If you don’t wash your dishes by hand, and use a dishwasher instead, you can also use Castile Soap as a dishwasher detergent! Water down a cup of the soap with some water, and a few ounces of lemon juice. Add a few teaspoons to the pre-wash slot, and add several ounces of vinegar to the regular wash slot on the soap dispensers in your dishwasher! It works great, and doesn’t leave a white, filmy residue like normal dishwasher detergents!
—Here is another way to make Homemade Dishwasher Detergent.
Castile Soap can be pretty concentrated but you can easily water it down and use it in a spray bottle for easy cleaning around the house. I use about ¼ cup to every 32 oz of water, and mix well. Shake to combine the ingredients, and then wait for the bubbles to reside to use. Add essential oils for scent, if desired.
Fruit and Vegetable Wash
If you buy store-bought produce, it’s necessary to wash it before consuming it. If you fill your sink basin with water and add a teaspoon of Castile Soap, you can get your produce sparkling clean in no time. Allow the produce to sit for 10-15 minutes, and watch the wax and grime wash right off! Rinse under cool water, and enjoy your clean produce.
—Find more ways to Wash Produce (The Frugal Way!)
Traditional shaving creams can be full of harmful toxins and artificial scents. They can actually harm your skin when it’s in it’s vulnerable, just-shaved state. Use a few drops of Castile Soap and lather and rub on the desired area to shave. This works well for men and women and is a wonderful, natural alternative.
–If you want a more detailed shaving cream recipe I’ve got one here: Easy Homemade Shaving Cream.
Just like shaving cream, traditional shampoo can also be very hard on your skin and hair. While most shampoos strip your hair of all its natural oils, Castile Soap can cleanse without taking away what your body needs. This will actually help your hair stay cleaner longer. Mix equal amounts of coconut milk and Castile Soap together in a bottle. Add a teaspoon of coconut oil for every four tablespoons of coconut milk. Use a small amount and massage it in your hair to cleanse. Store in the fridge to make it last longer.
–You can Make Your Own Homemade Dry Shampoo too!
Foaming Hand Soap
Fill a foaming hand soap container with ¼ cup of Castile Soap (or less), and about ¾ cup of distilled water. This mixture works well in these types of containers and will clean even the dirtiest of hands. This is also a very inexpensive way to have a natural hand cleanser as well.
—This is a great way to save money, especially if you have children. Find more Frugal Tips for Large Families.
Castile Soap can be unscented or it can come with a variety of essential oils already added to it. A favorite amongst many people is the tea tree oil variety. Not only is tea tree oil a nice scent, but is also known for its cleansing, antibacterial qualities. Mix ¼ cup of tea tree Castile Soap to 32 oz of water and spray wherever you see that ants have been going (kitchen counters, window sills, etc). If you only have plain Castile Soap, you can add a few drops of tea tree essential oil to the mixture, and the effects will be the same.
—Looking to repel insects in your garden? Try this Homemade Bug Spray for Plants.
Save money by making your own dog shampoo at home. Use a mixture of one part castile soap to three parts water to make a gentle shampoo you can use on your family pets.
—Find more Thrifty Pet Ideas for Frugal Living.
So, whether you’re new to using Castile Soap, or you’ve been using it for years, it’s safe to say there are a lot of reasons you should be using it in your home.
To find more uses for items that you have around your home, check out some of these posts:
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- Uses for Epsom Salt
- Uses for Shea Butter
- Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar
- 15 Unique Uses for Toothpaste
- 20 Hydrogen Peroxide Uses For Home And Body
- Uses for Olive Oil
What do you use Castile Soap for in your home?
This post on Castile Soap Uses was originally published on Little House Living in February 2017. It has been updated as of May 2020.