Castile soap is made from vegetable oil, rather than from animal fat or synthetic detergents, and it’s natural and biodegradable (environmentally friendly). This one product is surprisingly versatile and can replace several other products in your kitchen and bathroom. It can also be turned into liquid for even more uses, such as:
1. All purpose cleaning spray. A little castile soap, mixed with warm water, and some drops of your favorite 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.
2. 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!
3. Handwashing dishes. I actually keep a bottle of castile soap next to my sink for just this purpose. A little dab will work magic on a whole sink of dirty dinner dishes.
4. 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.
5. Body wash and shampoo. If you're a 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.
6. 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.
7. Dog shampoo. Make a mixture with one part castile soap and three parts water to shampoo your pup.
8. Hand soap refill. I love the smell of my Method soaps, but in a pinch, I’ve put in 1/4 cup castile soap with 3/4 cup water into my hand soap bottle as a replacement.
9. Laundry detergent. You can use this recipe to make your laundry detergent from castile soap. It will be gentler on your clothes and your budget.
10. Floor cleaner. Mix 1/4 cup castile soap in a bucket with warm water and mop away!