Castile soap takes you back to a simpler time before harsh detergents. Raw materials to manufacture soaps became scarce during World War I and II. As a result, the alternative to soaps was invented, detergents. The detergents we use today were borne out of necessity. Over the decades those detergents have grown more concentrated and in most cases more toxic.
What many people do not realize is that Castile soap is still as effective and versatile a cleaner as you find in any store. Additionally, the simple ingredients keep it affordable for your budget. You may find yourself with less toxic cleaners around the house after you’ve replaced them with this wonderful solution.
What is Castile Soap?
Traditional soaps were made using animal fats, ash, and other local ingredients while detergents have been made using chemicals. Castile soap; however, is still a soap, but made using ingredients such as vegetable oil, olive oil, avocado, hemp, coconut, walnut, jojoba, and many other natural oils.
How to Get Started With Castile Soap.
You can purchase Castile soap in most grocery stores now as well as online outlets such as Amazon. The first thing you will likely find is that the product can be purchased in both liquid or bar form. For the purpose of this article and simplicity, we’re going to focus on the liquid form. That said, the bar form still works the same wonders!
Homemade Castile Soap Solutions.
Now it’s time for the fun part – here are just a few of the things you can make and clean using your own bottle of Castile soap.
- Castile Shampoo: Use one part Castile soap per three parts water. It’s that simple. If you miss your old scented shampoo, then add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
- Castile Household Cleaner: For this, all you need to do is dilute the concentrated bottle you purchased. Everyone has their own preference for how much to dilute it, so feel free to experiment. Start with two parts of water per one part soap and continue to add water until you reach your preference. Need to have that lemony smell – just add a few drops of lemon oil. Keep your cleaner available as a ready replacement to those disposable wipes.
- Laundry Soap: Note we didn’t say detergent! You don’t need all the lingering effects of detergents; but you will love this. One ounce of concentrated soap is all you’ll need – just pour it in.
- Hand Soap: No need to buy expensive foaming soaps. Use your existing dispenser by pouring one part of Castile soap per 4 parts of water. Add or remove water to your preference. If you’re feeling adventurous, add in a touch of coconut oil. This will give your soap added moisturizing properties.
Cleaners You No Longer Need.
Now that you’re a pro at using Castile soap for cleaning around the home, here are just a few of the cleaners that you no longer need to pay for:
- All-purpose cleaner
- Scrubs (tile, bath, & tub)
- Laundry detergent (there’s that bad word ‘detergent’ again)
- Hand soap & face wash
Have other places where you’ve found Castile soap to be useful – let us know? We’d love to hear about it!
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