by Sarah Tipton
Liquid Castile soap is one of the most versatile products! Although there are clearly more uses for Castile soap than those listed, these ten are reason enough to stock up on!
My favorite liquid castile soap is Dr. Bonner brand. I am biased towards the soap, which smells of lavender, almond, and rose. There are many others too. This soap is good for everything from regular cleaning and wiping to showering and bathing to washing clothes!
Castile soap is completely natural and 100% biodegradable. Castile soap gets its name from olive oil based soap made in Castile, Spain Although Castile does not always rely strictly on olive oil at present, it is still only made from vegetable oils, which means that it is completely vegan and suitable for vegetarians and even Plant families.
Bronner’s Castile soap is made with a blend of coconut, olive, palm, jojoba and hemp oils designed to nourish the skin, making it an excellent choice for personal care. It’s also a great cleaning product.
The only time castile soap is not a good choice is when you have hard water or for recipes that contain acids. Since Castile is a “real soap,” it will react with hard water to form soap scum and may not be effective in cleaning. For this reason, you should not mix Castile soap with an acid such as lemon juice or vinegar. It will leave a thin layer of soap and the cleaning process will be a mess.
10 ways to use liquid Castile soap
1 – Laundry Use 1/3 to 1/2 cup of soap for a large load in a standard washing machine. Use half of these quantities for HE devices. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle to make sure the soap is completely removed.
2 – Toothpaste I would suggest using mint scents or winter scents for this purpose, and of course try not to swallow the soap. It still tastes like soap, so keep that in mind. In a pinch, that would work. It only takes a small drop to clean your teeth.
3- Fruit and vegetable lotion Pour about 1 teaspoon of Castile soap into a large bowl of cold water. Dip and swish the product. Rinse it off with fresh water.
4 – Floor cleaner Pour 12 cups of soap into 3 gallons of hot water. If you have a steam mop that takes a cleaning solution, dilute a tablespoon of Castile soap in warm water and add it to your appliance. Mop as you normally would. (Best almond smell for wiping).
5 – Ant sprays Create an “all-purpose” solution and keep it close at hand. If you notice ants starting to congregate on your work surfaces, spray it and watch the ants disperse. A great all-purpose recipe is: Add 1 tablespoon of Castile soap and 1 liter of water to a spray bottle and shake gently until combined.
6 – Cleaning wipes Mix a cup of water, two tablespoons of Castile soap, and 5-10 drops of mint or lemon essential oil in a quarter-liter mason jar. Cut old T-shirts and towels to make 8-10 8-10 cleaning cloths. Add the cloth to the cleaning solution, then roll the cap over the jar, and shake it gently until the cloth is saturated. Use these cleaning wipes as a quick solution to any mess. You can also use these to clean your hands! (Here’s another great way to make your own cleaning wipes.)
7- Toilet cleaner Mix Castile soap and water in a 1: 4 ratio in a spray bottle. Add 1/4 teaspoon tea tree oil. Close the water in the toilet and empty the bowl. Sprinkle the bowl with cleaning solution abundantly and sprinkle baking soda over it. Scrub with the toilet brush. Let it sit for 10 minutes, turn on the water and rinse.
8 – Soap for children and infants – Unscented Castile soap that provides a great body wash and shampoo for babies and toddlers! If you have older children, a few drops of lavender essential oil can add a little scent without being too harsh on children’s skin.
9- Face wash Many people like Castile soap for acne-prone skin. Apply 2-3 drops on your hands, rub your hands together to form a lather, then apply to your wet face.
10- Obvious crowding When you are sick, nothing is better than a quick relief of congestion that makes breathing difficult and uncomfortable. You can actually relieve some of the congestion by using Castile soap with a mint scent! Wintergreen will work great as well, but others can do the trick too. Put a tablespoon in a bowl of steaming hot water, then inhale the spray with a towel wrapped around your head.
These are just 10 of the many ways to use Castile soap! Please share with Ready Nutrition readers How to Use Castile Soap!
This article was originally published on: Ready feeding™ on March 11, 2021
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