Castile Soap Uses For Your Home & Body
If you’ve never used Castile Soap before, you’re missing out! This plant-based, biodegradable soap is so versatile, you can use 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 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.
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!
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!
You can easily water it down, since Castile Soap can be pretty concentrated, 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.
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.
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.
Castile Soap can come unscented, or can come with a variety of essential oils already added to it. A favorite amongst 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.
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. 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.
What do you use Castile Soap for in your home?