9 Uses for Castile Soap
In the world of eco-friendly cleaning, castile soap takes the reins as the cleaning staple that should be in every home! Made with all-natural, non-toxic plant-based ingredients, castile soap is not only environmentally friendly and safe, it’s versatile and has so many uses too - which means you can safely clean any area of your home with just one bottle! Read more to find out what is castile soap and the ways you can clean your home using castile soap!
What is Castile Soap?You may have never heard of castile soap before, so we’re going to give you the 101 on castile soap. As mentioned, castile soap is a plant-based soap, which means it is made without any animal fats or synthetic ingredients. The origins of castile soap comes from the Mediterranean area of Spain called the Castile Region. Traditionally, castile soap was made from olive oil, however today’s castile soaps can be made from various combinations of vegetable-based oils, including coconut, hemp, avocado, walnut, almond, palm, castor, or jojoba oils. castile soap is made with plant-based oils that are gentle, moisturizing and safe for sensitive skin. Castile soap can be fragranced using natural plant-based essential oils, such as lavender, peppermint, and tea tree oil. Not only do essential oils add a nice smell to the soap, they also provide additional antibacterial, disinfecting, and cleaning properties to the castile soap as well
When purchasing a castile soap it is important to buy a castile soap that is labelled as pure castile soap, and to ensure that it is made with high quality ingredients. This means that you should be purchasing a castile soap made without any toxic ingredients such as artificial fragrances, triclosan, and sulfates.
Another fun fact is that castile soap naturally lathers without the use of toxic chemicals or sulfates - bet your regular dish or hand soap can’t say the same thing!
What Can I Use Castile Soap For?Castile Soap has multiple purposes and can be diluted or combined with other natural cleaners to tackle everything from your toilet to your floors and everything in between. Here are some, of the many, practical uses for castile soap, that you may be surprised that you can use castile soap for:
1. Disinfect Surfaces Using Castile SoapClean and disinfect almost any surface of your home using castile soap! To disinfect and clean using a citrus castile soap, mix ¼ of a cup of castile soap into a spray bottle with a liter of water to dilute it. Stir the mixture. You may choose to add additional drops of lemon essential oil into the mixture to increase the effectiveness of the solution's antibacterial and disinfecting properties (You can also learn more about the cleaning power of essential oils in our blog post here). Spray your castile soap mixture on almost any surface of your home from the kitchen counters to the cupboards, the door handles, the coffee table, and more. Wipe clean and voila, the surfaces are now clean and safe to use again!
2. Wash Your Fruits and Vegetables with Castile Soap
That’s right - get rid of dirt, contaminants, and pesticides with castile soap! Made with non-toxic ingredients, this gentle cleaning solution is safe to use on your fruits and vegetables - and won’t leave a harmful residue. This means that you can get rid of the gunk lurking on your produce, while keeping it safe to consume!
To use castile soap to clean your fresh produce, add ¼ of a teaspoon, or 1.25 ml, to a bowl of water. Then dunk your produce into the mixture, swishing it around. Once done, rinse the produce under running water and using your hands run over any crevices and to lift any missed dirt. Once rinsed, your produce is now safe to eat! Say goodbye to wax, dirt, sand, pesticides, and other impurities that could be lurking on your fruits and veggies thanks to the safe cleaning power of castile soap.
3. Use Castile Soap to Wash Your LaundryLooking for a safe, non-toxic way to clean your clothes! Castile soap is perfect if you or anyone in your household has sensitive skin, especially to traditional laundry detergents, and is super easy to use. For a large load, add ⅓ to ½ a cup of castile soap to your washing machine. If you are washing whites, or looking to highly deodorize your clothes, you can also add ½ a cup of baking soda during this step as well. During the rinse cycle, add 1 cup of white vinegar to your washing machine. Please note, if you have a high-efficiency washer, use half of the amounts of soap, baking soda, and vinegar. With a variety of scents available as well, such as lavender or rose, that will leave your clothes clean and smelling fresh!
4. Clean Your Floors Using Castile Soap
Whether you have wood, laminate, or stone flooring in your home, you can use castile soap to effectively clean and mop your floors without the use of harsh chemicals or toxins. In a mop bucket, add ½ a cup of castile soap to 3 gallons of hot water. Dunk your mop into the solution and ring excess water thoroughly before using it on your floors. Using castile soap to wash, clean, and disinfect your floors is a safe, eco-friendly alternative to traditional floor cleaners that can leave toxic residue on your floors. Castile soap is a safer alternative for floor cleaning, especially if you have pets or children.