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As some of you will be aware we have been using Dr Bonners castile soap for nearly 2 years now and we love the way we can clean our home from top to bottom and our bodies with this fantastic soap.
Recently I have been receiving lots of questions about the Dr Bronners soap from what are these soaps made from too how can I use Dr Bronner soap in our home and how what measurements do we use. So I thought I would write this post and hopefully answer all the questions.
In earlier centuries, an all-vegetable-based soap was made in the Castile region of Spain from local olive oil. By the turn of this century, “Castile” had come to mean any vegetable oil-based soap, as distinct from animal (tallow) fat-based soap.
Pure-Castile is your guarantee that you are using a genuinely ecological and simple soap, not a complex blend of detergents with a higher ecological impact due to the waste stream created during manufacturing and the detergents’ slower biodegradability. Unfortunately, many synthetic detergent blends are deceptively labeled as “Liquid Soap” despite the fact that they contain absolutely no real soap whatsoever.
Dr. Bronner’s soaps are 100% true pure-castile soaps. The high-foaming lather of these soaps comes from the high coconut oil content, which creates a more luxurious and richer lather than any detergent could ever produce.
- Dishes (handwashing) Pre-dilute 1 cup of soap with 4 cups of water (I use a old washing up liquid bottle and keep it next to the sink for easy use.) Squirt on a scrub brush and scrub dishes.
- Laundry 1/3 or 1/2 cup of soap depending on how big a load you are washing. If You are washing an extremely dirty load like foot ball kit or nappies add ½ cup of white vinegar to the soap as well.
- Cleaning (mopping) Floors ½ cup of soap in 24 pints of hot water.
- All-purpose cleaning ¼ cups of soap in a spray bottle (I use old white vinegar bottle with a recycled spray top from a old spray cleaning bottle.) Add 3 tsp of white vinegar and 4 cups of warm water to your soap. Shake and spray!
- Windows 1 Tbsp of soap in a spray bottle then fill the bottle with half vinegar/ half water. (I use old white vinegar bottle with a recycled spray top from a old spray cleaning bottle.)
- Toilet Predilute 1 cup of soap too 4 cups with water in a squirt bottle and add ¼ tsp of tea tree oil. First sprinkle baking soda on your toilet brush and scrub the bowl then squirt your soap mixture around your toilet bowl and allow to sit 10 minutes then flush.
- Face 2-3 drops on wet hands and apply to your wet face.
- Body (shower) one small squirt on a wet washcloth and apply to your wet body. (Bath) This recipe depends on how much water you have in your bath, but roughly 2 Tbsp of soap in an average sized tub. (Please note Dr Bronners castile soap does not bubble but leaves your skin clean and feeling fresh)
- Shaving (Face) 10 drops of soap (Underarms) 3 drops of soap (Legs) ½ tsp of soap. Work to a lather in wet hands and then apply to area.
- Foot Bath 1 ½ tsp of soap in a small tub of hot water.
- Baby Wash Add a drop or two to a wet washcloth, or a couple of drops to the bathwater. Dr Bronner Baby Mild soap is best used as it is completely natural and fragrance-free.
- After-shave One or two drops in a spray bottle this will help to invigorate the skin and prevent shaving rash. Peppermint, Eucalyptus, or Tea Tree work well, or Baby Mild for sensitive skins.
- Deodorant Add 1-2 ml to a spray bottle of water along with a teaspoon of Himalayan crystal salt. Rose, Lavender or Tea Tree soap are good to use as a deodorant.
- Clearing Congestion 1 Tbsp of (mint) soap in a bowl of steamy hot water. Breathe in mist with a towel draped over the head.
- Dog washing The amount varies widely depending on size, hair type and length, and overall dirtiness. Wet your dog thoroughly, then start to work in the castile soap up and down their body until you have a good lather. Really massage it in down to the skin. Your dog will thank you for it!
- Plant spray for bugs 1 Tbsp of soap with 4 cups of water in a spray bottle (I use old white vinegar bottle with a recycled spray top from a old spray cleaning bottle.)
- Ant spray (not on plants) ¼ cup of tea tree soap with 4 cups of water in a spray bottle. (Please note this concentration will burn plants.)
- Fruit and Veggie Rinse 1 dash (approx.. ¼ tsp.) of soap in a bowl of water. Dunk your fruit and veg, swish them around in the water and then rinse in clear water.
Dr Bronner’s liquid castile soaps are available in 8 different scents: Rose, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Citrus, Almond, Lavender, Peppermint, and Baby Mild (unscented).
These are only 18 ways you can use Dr Bronner’s Castile soap but if you use Dr Bronner for another use please let me know because I am always looking for new ways I can use this soap.