What is Castile Soap and where do I buy it?
Many people who are aiming for Non Toxic Living are replacing everyday products with Castile soap, but what exactly does that mean and is it toxic or not? In earlier centuries, an all-vegetable-based soap was made in the Castile region of Spain from local olive oil. By the turn of this century, “Castile” had come to mean any vegetable oil-based soap, as distinct from animal (tallow) fat-based soap. “Pure-Castile” is now also your guarantee that what you are using is a genuinely ecological and simple soap – not a complex blend of detergents with higher ecological impact and slower biodegradability.
Dr. Bronner’s is the most popular brand so this article will be based on their products. I often times get overwhelmed when looking at the bottle because there are so many uses for it! I’m hoping that if you have felt the same way that this post will help both of us! 😉 As with many things that I purchase I also get this from Amazon as well because they usually have the best prices! Here are a few: Peppermint, Citrus, Rose, Eucalyptus and a 5 pack sampler! There is also an unscented one as well in case you want to add in your own scents using quality essential oils! (This article has affiliate links means you get great products at no additional cost to you!)
Non Toxic Living – Castile Soap for Cleaning:
- Homemade Dish Soap – extremely easy because all you have to do is add a squirt to your sponge to replace what you normally use!
- Homemade Laundry Detergent – add 1 cup liquid Castile soap, 1 cup baking soda, 2 cups water and 1/3 cup salt! Dissolve the baking soda and salt in the two cups of warm water. Pour into a gallon container, add the liquid Castile soap and fill to the top with water. Use 1/4 of a cup per load so this recipe is good for about 64 loads!
- Homemade Dish Detergent – Mix 8 oz of Dr. Bronner’s Citrus Castile Soap with one cup of water and two teaspoons of lemon juice and shake gently. To use add one tablespoon of the above mixture into the OPEN compartment of your dishwasher and add a cup of white vinegar to the CLOSED compartment. Add more vinegar if your water is hard.
- Homemade All Purpose Cleaner – In a spray bottle (glass preferably if adding essential oils), fill a quarter of the way up with white vinegar, add water to the top and then add a squirt of liquid Castile soap plus a few drops of a naturally disinfecting essential oil such as Tea Tree, Grapefruit, Eucalyptus and Lemon! Find all of those here plus a few others that would be amazing to add in or use daily!
- Homemade Bathroom Scrub – Fill a spray bottle with one third Castile soap and two thirds water. Spread baking soda liberally around the bath and spray the Castile soap mixture on. Scrub with a scouring pad or scrub brush.
- Homemade Floor Cleaner – Mix 1 gallon of Warm Water with 1-2 tablesppons castile soap and add your favorite essential oil!
- Fruit and Veggie Wash – YES! Add 1-2 cups of water with 2-3 tablespoons castile soap! CLEAN, TOXIC FREE FOOD!
Non Toxic Living – Castile Soap for Beauty:
- Homemade Hand Wipes – Add 2 cups water to 1 tablespoon witch hazel, 1 tablespoon castile soap, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, your favorite essential oils (please make sure the essential oils you are adding are safe for children if that is why you are making these) mix to combine and pour over paper towels in a sanitized wipes container.
- Homemade Shampoo – Simply mix together 1 Tbsp Castile soap with one tsp coconut milk for a single serving of shampoo. You can make this in larger batches by storing in the fridge. It will keep for at least a week. It lathers better than regular shampoo!
- Homemade Shave Cream – Face – 10 drops; Underarms – 3 drops; Legs – ½ tsp; Work to a lather in wet hands and then apply to area. THAT’S IT or add some coconut oil or aloe for a smoother consistency!
- Homemade Foaming Hand Soap – Add 2 tablespoons castile soap to 1 teaspoon coconut oil and 10 drops of essential oil. I love this one!
- Homemade Face Wash – I don’t highly suggest this one for sensitive skin or longtime usage because it could be very drying. A great non toxic face wash is this one! If you want to make one with castile soap mix 8 oz castile soap with 8 oz of distilled water (or just purified water), 1 Tablespoon of Almond oil, 20 drops of Lavender essential oil, 10 drops of Lemon essential oil.
- Homemade Foot Soak – Add 2 teaspoons castile soap, fill foot soak bucket, soak feet and relax! For a fancier more spa like foot soak use the rose castile soap and get some fresh rose petals! Add in marbles at the bottom to gently massage feet while soaking! ❤
Non Toxic Living – Castile Soap Closing
There you have it! These are just a FEW of the many recipes that are floating around out there for use with castile soap! I am on my way to replacing most of the above mentioned things in my own home because it is less expensive than the non toxic products I currently use! I am most excited about the laundry detergent because I don’t like the prices of what I use now and don’t feel it adequately cleans my clothes! Comment below with what you already have switched out and what you plan on switching out!! If you don’t feel you have the time to make some of these I highly recommend these products because I know they are toxic free and work great! As always if you want to connect with me further with questions or comments please message me on Facebook or Email me today! Thank you for reading and best of luck in your journey to Non Toxic Living!