This product has been a staple in my cupboard for years now. It is the chameleon of the natural world. It can be diluted at different ratios to create a never ending list of useful products all in one! Every time I turn around, I hear of another use for Dr. Bronner’s castile soap that I hadn’t before! Castile soap is a term used for the soaps that are made purely of vegetable oils rather than animal fats. This makes them 100% pure, vegan and cruelty free! This soap is also a big money saver if you’re trying to budget or want to save a few dollars on everyday household and hygeine products.
There are a range different scents in Dr. Bronner’s castile soap line and they are all made out of pure essential oils. If you’re looking for practicality i would suggest purchasing the unscented baby version of the soap as it can be used for everything and you have the choice to add essential oils if you prefer. They also have Almond, Citrus, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Rose, and Tea Tree scents. They are all scented with essential oils and each have their own unique uses. For example, the Eucalyptus castile soap is helpful during the flu season as a bubble bath or body wash to help relieve congestion. I personally love Lavender and Rose scents for beauty purposes and the Tea tree and citrus scents are fantastic options for cleaning products!
Below I have compiled my own recipes with a few others finds and Dr. Bronner’s cheat sheet for different dilutions. This is the ultimate master list for Dr. Bronner’s castile soap so you can get to easy, ethical, and healthy cleaning!
1. Face wash: 2-3 drops on wet hands, apply to wet face.
2. Body wash: 1 small squirt on a wet wash cloth.
3. Hair wash: 1/2 Tbsp. in your hand,work into wet hair.
4. Bubble Bath: 2 Tbsp. in regular sized bath tub (castile soap will not bubble but it still cleans you!)
5. Shaving: Face- 10 drops; Underarms- 3 drops; Legs 1/2 Tsp. Work to a lather in wet hands then apply and shave.
6. Teeth: 1 drop on a tooth brush (Yes, it tastes like soap)
7. Foot bath: 1.5 tsp in a small tub of hot water.
8. Clearing congestion: 1 Tbsp. in a bowl of steamy hot water, breathe in mist with towel draped over your head.
9. Dish soap: Pre-dilute 1:10 with water. Squirt on a scrub brush and scrub dishes.
10. Laundry: 1/3-1/2 cup of soap for a large load in a normal washer. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to rinse cycle.
11. Mopping: 1/2 cup of soap in 3 gallons of hot water.
12. All purpose cleaner: 1/4 cup of soap in a quart of water in a spray bottle. Add 1/4 tsp. of tea tree essential oil if desired.
13. Window cleaner: 1 Tbsp. soap in a quart of water in a spray bottle. Follow up with pure club soda, or half vinegar/half water.
14. Fruit and veggie rinse: 1 dash (approx. 1/4 tsp.) in a bowl of water. Dunk produce and swish. Then rinse in clear water.
15. Dog shampoo: Amount varies widely depending on size, hair type, length and overall dirtiness. Wet dog thoroughly then start to work in castile soap up and down body until theres a good lather. Massage it into the skin and then rinse!
16. Toilet cleaner: Predilute 1:4 water in a squirt bottle. Add 1/4 tsp. tea tree oil. Empty toilet, squirt bowl with solution, add baking soda on the brush and scrub bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes, turn on water and flush.
17. Plant spray for bugs: 1 Tbsp. in a quart of water. Add 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper or cinnamon if desired.
18. Ant spray (not on plants): 1.4 cup of tea tree Dr, bronners soap in a quart of water (this concentration will burn plants, do not use on them)
19. Clothing stain remover (my favourite): Add equal parts Dr. Bronners soap with baking soda to make a paste. Scrub stain with paste and cold water. I use a tooth brush for tough stains.
20. Greasy pots and pans: Use soap at full strength with a brush and scrub!
21. Mouth wash: 1 drop of soap in shot glass of water.
22. Baby wash: 1 drop of soap on wet wash cloth (make sure you buy the unscented baby version of Dr. Bronners soap as the others are scented with essential oils and may be too harsh for baby’s skin)
23. Bath tub scrub: Fill s spray bottle with 1 part soap 3 parts water. Sprinkle the area youre cleaning with baking soda, spray solution, scrub!
24. Stove top scrub: See #23, this recipe works really well for grease.
25. Dish soap: 1 part soap 1 part water mixture in a bottle.
26. Hand wash: 1 part soap 1 part water mixture in a soap dispenser. I add a few drops of tea tree oil for anti bacterial purposes.
27. Carpet Cleaner: 1/4 cup of castile soap with 1 cup of water. Put in a blender to create a foam and use this solution on your carpet stains.
28. Make up brush cleanser: I put a few drops of Dr. Bronner’s castile soap directly onto each brush and scrub under water. I like to purchase the tea tree version of their soap for this purpose as make up brushes require a lot of bacteria removal.
29. Wall wash: I clean my walls with full strength castile soap and wipe off with water and a cloth.
In addition to their magic castile soaps, Dr. Bronner’s sells many other products such as body wash, lip balms, body balms, lotions, shaving creams, and hand sanitizers. Most of their products are strictly vegan, aside from their lip balm which is made of beeswax. However, this fantastic company ensures that they check with their source in Zambia that no queen bees are killed in the process. Making their company cruelty free and ethically sourced! (Killing Queen Bees is a practice that many conventional bee keepers use to gain higher yields.) Have a look at their website for a full list of all of their products and castile soaps! www.drbronner.com