Why is Castile soap different from other types of store-bought liquid? It’s vegan with no animal oils and fats or artificial detergents. Castile soap is extra concentrated — meaning you only have to use a little bit each time you clean, and each bottle should last you a while.

Castile soap naturally possesses antibacterial properties. Just like it’s perfect to use on skin that suffers from eczema, it’s also good for people who suffer from psoriasis or acne.

Castile soap contains surfactants. These remove germs and bacteria, as well as dirt and grease.  REGULAR soaps (or supermarket detergent/liquids) will contain chemicals and artificial antibacterial agents. I’ve written about surfactants here before. In other words, Castile soap is not a regular soap, its properties are better suits to cleaning. It will attack the dirty and grime directly.

Castile soap is extremely multi-functional.

Here are some ways to use Castile soap around your home…

Disinfectant wipes

  • Rip up an old t-shirt to make rags/wipes
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 30 ml Castile soap
  • 5-10 drops peppermint essential oil (this is the antibacterial property)
  • Add rags and ingredients to a glass jar, shake well and now you have wipes ready to go
  • Throw them through the machine when they are dirty

Make your own pump hand soap

Grab a foaming soap dispenser, add a dash of Castile and fill with water.

Multipurpose cleaner

  • 500ml spray bottle
  • 2 teaspoons of Castile soap
  • 5 drops tea tree oil
  • Fill with boiled and cooled water
  • Use this to clean all your surfaces (and shower screens!)

Homemade soft scrub

  • 3/4 cup bi-carb soda
  • 1/4 cup Castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 20 drops clove essential oil (you can halve that and add lemon if you want). Clove oil has biological activities, such as antibacterial, antifungal, insecticidal and antioxidant properties.
  • Mix together to create a paste
  • See more here

Stain remover spray

  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups normal water
  • 150ml white vinegar
  • 30ml of Castile soap
  • 15 drops of lemon oil
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons sodium carbonate ($4 Letric Washing Soda from the supermarket)
  • Mix the sodium carbonate with the boiling water until dissolved, then mix in the rest of the ingredients.
  • See more here

Floor Cleaner

  • Combine 1/4 cup of Castile soap with 8-9 L of hot water in a bucket
  • Add essential oils according to your preference – lemon, lavender, peppermint, or eucalyptus are great ones to try
  • You can mop just about any type of floor with this solution

You can buy Castile soap online, but almost every local health food shop should stock some.

If you’d like some more cleaning recipes and ideas you can go here.

♥ KC.