The #1 thing that has helped us save money in our house is multitasking products. Castile soap is one of those products. Castile soap is a gentle sulfate-free foaming soap made mostly with vegetable oils that was named after a region in Spain in which it was originally made. Castile soap is incredibly gentle, even for use on babies. In March, I challenged the House of Brown to 30days of using Dr. Bronner’s Organic Peppermint soap to see how many ways we could use it. I purchased a 1/2 gallon at the end of February, for $25 and this is how we used it:
1. Shampoo – I took an old narrow shampoo bottle, filled it halfway with Castile soap, and filled it the rest of the way with water. My came out clean and my scalp felt great!*
2. Body wash – When I’m done washing my hair I just keep going and use my castile/water mixture to wash up!
3. Hand Dish Detergent – When our bottle of Dawn was empty I filled that halfway with castile soap and the rest of the way with water and used that to hand wash the dishes. It worked great, if I needed more
5. Liquid Laundry Soap – check out My Homemade Laundry Detergent
6. Pre-soak – Squirt a little into a sink or container then fill with lukewarm water
7. Countertop cleaner – Mix 1/8 cup with 1 cup of alcohol and 2 cups of water to keep countertops nice and clean
8. Toothpaste – Believe it. Sexy and I were on a trip and had both forgotten to pack the toothpaste. He remembered that it could be used as a toothpaste too. So I squirted a little on my toothbrush, added water, and brushed away. It bubbled up a bit and tasted like, well kinda soapy peppermint. It really cleaned my teeth well though!
9. Shaving cream – Sexy has used it to shave his face, and I’ve used it shave, well everywhere else 😉
10. Foaming Face wash – 1tsp poured into a warm wet washcloth takes off makeup and washes your face well
11. All Purpose Cleaner – 1/8 cup diluted with water in a large spray bottle cleaned everything from the bathroom counter to the fingerprints on the semigloss painted walls
12. Pet Shampoo -I’ve used a little on a damp washcloth to clean my cat’s paws when he gets in messees I don’t want him to eat. We don’t have a dog, but I heard it makes a great doggy bath!
13. Bubble Bath – I poured some into the running water of my tub with a few drops of lavender and relaxed into a nice bubble bath with TONS of bubbles!
14. Hand Soap – I filled the bottom of a soap dispenser and filled the rest with water and shook it and put it in our upstairs bathroom
15. Floor Cleaner – 1/4 cup castile soap + 2 gallons of water + mop = clean floors
16. Soft Scrub – By mistake I knocked half a jar of mineral powder into the sink, creating a muddy brown mess all over the porcelain. I sprinkled the whole sink with baking soda and squirted castile soap on top of that and rubbed the sink with a damp sponge. The sink was clean in minutes!
17. Car wash – I’ll admit we haven’t used it for this yet. But I’ve read you can mix it just like #16 and wash away!
18. Body Wash – We keep a bottle in the shower that is 50/50 soap and water
*Using castile soap as a shampoo doesn’t work for everyone. I think it works great. Especially when you’re in a pinch and you ran out of your regular shampoo or you’re low on cash.
- How do you use castile soap? What’s your favorite scent?