Liquid Castile soap is so incredibly versatile that it’s become my favorite non-toxic household cleaner. I use it in every room of my house every single day. I’ve replaced at least eight commercial cleaners and body care products with this one simple, all-natural, safe, and effective soap.
Here are six ways we use liquid Castile soap at our house everyday.
We bought these pretty glass foaming soap dispensers about a year ago. They work perfectly to pump out nice, foamy soap for hand washing. It’s so much easier than using a bar of soap (especially for younger kids) and leaves no mess like a bar will.
Each time I fill up a bottle, we pick different essential oils to scent the soap. Some of our favorites have been lime & a hint of ylang-ylang in the summer and clove & orange at Christmas.
I started washing my hair with Castile soap about nine months ago and will never go back to commercial chemical-laden shampoo. I simply fill a bottle with 2/3 liquid Castile soap and 1/3 pure water and wash my hair with it as usual. Adding lavender or jasmine essential oils makes a nice scent, but I’m usually in too much of a hurry to do that. (As in, I’ve already got the water running when I realize I ran out of shampoo and need to fix up some more….)
More than once, I’ve been down the road of melting Fels Naphtha soap with water, borax, and washing soda in a big pot, diluting the mixture, and then washing my laundry with it. I’ve tried the “powdered recipe” where we just grate the bar of soap and mix it with borax and washing soda. I was never pleased with either method. I always felt like our clothes started to look worn out and dingy after six months or so. Back to the commercial stuff I’d go….
Liquid Castile soap has given me a new outlook on washing laundry without chemical additives – something I’m very happy about! I mix about a half gallon of warm water with 1/2 cup super washing soda and 1/2 cup borax in a large bucket. Using my stick blender, I blend them together until no clumps remain, and then I add another gallon and a half of water (two gallons total). I pour in 3/4 cup liquid Castile soap and stir it up.
I measure the laundry soap using an old plastic detergent cup and fill it about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way depending on how dirty the laundry is. This has been my routine for nearly a year, and I’m completely satisfied. The clothes and towels are perfectly clean, and I don’t notice any of that dingy look (not even on the whites) that I noticed with the Fels Naphtha method.
All-Purpose Kitchen and Bathroom Cleaner
Possibly my favorite use for liquid Castile soap is as an all-purpose cleaner in the kitchen and bath. No more powerful chemical cleaners that choke us out of the room! I have a couple glass spray bottles that we fill with 2/3 liquid Castile soap and 1/3 water. I add about three drops lemon essential oil because I love lemon scent and three drops tea tree oil for its germ killing properties.
It’s completely natural and safe, which means I have no concern over my kids using it to help clean the kitchen and bathrooms. We all want our kids to help with chores (because we need the help and they need to learn responsibility), but I was always uncomfortable about having them use commercial cleaners. Those things smell so strongly – and make me cough and my eyes water – that I knew they couldn’t be healthy, especially not for kids. It’s so nice now to be able to hand one of them the spray bottle and say, “Go clean the bathroom sink,” and not have to worry about what they’re breathing.
Even for tough, stuck-on messes (like when no one wipes spills off the dining room table for two days … or am I the only one?) the liquid Castile soap does a bang up job. I just spray it on and let it sit for five to ten minutes, then come back to wipe up the mess. The soap seems to eat away at the caked-on gunk while I’m gone, so there’s much less scrubbing to be done when I get back.
Oh gosh, I hardly ever clean our windows even though I really enjoy how clear and lovely the view is through freshly cleaned glass. I’ve tried a number of different homemade glass cleaner recipes, and I do like a couple of them – but using the liquid Castile soap simplifies the process for me. Instead of mixing up several different ingredients, I just combine the soap with an equal amount of water.
Because it’s soap, this cleaner does best when I rinse the windows afterward. So my glass cleaning routine goes something like this: I spray the window with a small amount of diluted Castile soap and then wipe the window well with a lint-free cloth. I then wet another cloth with warm, clear water and wipe the window again. Sometimes, I may need to wipe with clear water twice (especially if my three-year-old sprayed the soap on). Then I wipe the window with a dry microfiber towel.
It may sound like a lot, but it really doesn’t take much longer than cleaning glass with a commercial cleaner … and I can feel completely safe letting my three-year-old spray all he wants.
I have to admit that I used to love lemon Pine-Sol. It smells soooo good and was probably one of the last commercial cleaning products that I gave up when trying to make our home as toxin-free as possible. Mopping with a vinegar solution never seemed to give very good results, and I missed that lemon smell….
Once I figured out how good liquid Castile soap is, though, there’s been no going back. I fill a bucket about half to 2/3 of the way with hot water and pour in about 1/3 cup of undiluted Castile soap. I add ten drops each of lemon and orange essential oils. The result smells divine and cleans the floor beautifully. I use it on the tile floor in our kitchen, the laminate floor in the dining room, the linoleum in the bathroom, and even on the bamboo floor in the living room.
Liquid Castile soap is a completely natural and safe cleaner with so many effective uses – it’s almost unbelievable how fabulous this stuff is. It’s also inexpensive, especially when compared to the commercial cleaners it replaces. Dr. Bronners is a popular brand and runs about $18 for 32 ounces. Because it’s concentrated, those 32 ounces go a long way. There are other brands too, which may be less expensive – I found a gallon for $45 on Amazon.
Whatever brand you choose, I personally recommend buying an unscented soap. That way you can scent each cleaner or body care item the way you want. I like tea tree oil in my all-purpose cleaner but definitely don’t want it in shampoo!
You can also make your own liquid Castile soap, which is what I do. I’ll share instructions on how to make it soon!
Have you tried liquid Castile soap before? Did you like it?
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