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Castile soap is pretty much the miracle soap of all soap. The queen, if you will. It’s like that uncle in your family that you always thought was cool, but only found out was super-rich like, a minute ago. Is this the miracle soap you’ve been waiting for my faithful fellow women! Probably.
Its name originates from the region of Spain called Castile. It can also be made with various combinations of coconut oil, walnut, and almond oils as well. It’s environmentally friendly, biodegradable, and pet/child-friendly.
What Is Castile Soap?
I mean, it’s soap. As you can tell from obvious titles. Kind of like the movie Snakes on a Plane. Hmm….what was that about? Oh yeah….snakes on a plane! It’s a type of soap that is free of animal fats and synthetic ingredients….shout out to vegans!
It’s vegetable-based, so don’t worry about cruelty or terms and conditions or whatever else you look at when you look at soap ingredients.
Is Castile Soap Safe?
Yes. Don’t be stupid and accidentally drink it or use it as eye drops. Never mix it with acids like vinegar or lemon, as this will leave a white residue.
Avoid using it on color-treated hair or on your hair without conditioner. If you’re using it on plants, don’t overdo it. Too much of it will get rid of the protective waxy covering that acts as a safeguard for plants.
18 Castile Soap Uses:
1. Clean Your Wounds
Create your own treatment mixture by mixing 2 teaspoons of soap and 2 cups of filtered water. It creates a cleansing solution that can easily be applied.
Dab some cotton in the solution and apply it to the affected skin area. Although rubbing alcohol is also effective, avoid alcohol if you have dry skin or skin that easily inflames.
2. All-Purpose Cleaning Spray
Mix a little castile soap with a little bit of warm water. The warm water will make the soap more soluble compared to cold water. Science, guys. If you want to make it a scented solution, add a few drops of essential oil.
Choose either lemon, orange, or lavender-scented essential oil and add about 6-7 drops of it to the soap solution.
3. Shower Scrub
No matter how much the drugstore or online products try to market to you how attractive or good smelling or “hydrating” they are……it rarely works. Shower scrubs end up taking whatever moisture you already have out of your skin, leaving a rather dull looking version of your skin. Don’t over scrub with the soap, as this can also suck the moisture out of your skin.
4. Dish Soap
While it’s super easy to buy whatever’s on sale at the store….don’t! Combine 1 part of castile soap and 10 parts of water to make a super quick, safe, and effective dish soap.
Since it’s milder than the dish soaps that stores usually carry, it won’t affect your skin or make your allergies act up. This is especially important if you have kids or dogs running around the house.
Let’s be honest. There have been multiple times where you were so busy during the weekend that you forgot to buy toothpaste. Cue to Monday morning where you realize, your toothbrush is as bare as the Sahara desert.
Not to worry! Put a few drops after wetting your toothbrush and brush away! Not that you can suddenly include this as an appetizer in your meals, but still.
6. Dishwasher Detergent
While there are many Pinterest ideas for dishwasher detergents that look cute or fun to make with your kids, that’s not always the case. Plus, while it looks cute, it may not actually work! Mix equal proportions of castile soap and water in a bottle.
Fill your dishwasher detergent compartment with this liquid and let it go through one cycle as usual.
7. Body Wash
While it’s totally normal to want peach smelling or cinnamon-infused shampoos and body washes, sometimes it’s not worth the money or the maintenance. Castile soap can be used for both your hair and on your body.
You can follow up with the conditioner as usual to maintain the smoothness of the hair. This is a total steal for people who are low maintenance….or who just really want to avoid an impromptu midnight trip to the drug store.
8. Window Cleaner
When I make it shine….! Sorry, I was having a little Victorious moment over here. Sine your windows with a spray that’s easy to make. Use about 1 spoon of castile soap and combine it with a quart of water, and wipe away.
The castile soap cuts through grease and other bacteria that create mildew or grime on the windows. As it’s vegetable-based, it doesn’t leave any residue which is perfect since we don’t want to use a product that leaves streaks on the window. Extra cleanup? No thank you.
While it’s great that there are washing solutions specifically for getting rid of dirt or chemicals from vegetables and fruits, that’s not always the case. Especially when you’re on a budget! Add one tablespoon of castile soap to 2-3 cups of water in a bowl and wash the vegetables.
This method is much cheaper and more effective! This way, you know what ingredients are ACTUALLY washing off the chemicals from your fruits and veggies.
10. Dog Shampoo
While it’s great that you have a personalized shampoo that you use as carefully as a Prada bag on your dog…..sometimes you just don’t have time! And filling the shampoo bottle with a little water when you only have a few drops of shampoo left won’t cut it this time.
Make a mixture by combining 1 part castile soap to 3 parts water. It’s as simple as that. Avoid your unnecessary trip to the pet store at 7 pm on a Saturday, when you could be Netflixing and chilling on the couch! I’m aware Netflixing isn’t a word, but I still think it’s cool to say.
When you’re broke, or a college student, two things that are often the same…….you don’t have any money. Obviously. Buy some amazing multi-purposeful castile soap that you can use as a body wash and shampoo. Combine a tablespoon of castile soap with a cup of water.
You can make this mixture the day before you wash your hair. Or, you can work it into your hair directly, using the undiluted version to make sure it really soaks in. Make sure your hair is wet while you’re doing this to get the most out of this hack.
12. Hand Soap Refill
Man, gotta love hand soap. Especially the foamy kind. I swear, I spend an extra 3 minutes in the bathroom to make those really, funny, squishy sounds with my hands every time I use that foamy soap! I’m pretty sure everyone is guilty of this.
But if you’re in a pinch, no more foamy shapes for you! Combine 1/4 cup of castile soap with 3/4 cup of water and put this into your hand soap bottle.
13. Face Wash
Along with the existing advantages of washing both your hair and body with this soap, you can also wash your face! I know that sometimes skin can be sensitive and often, you can use stronger chemicals on your hair than on your face. Not to worry, castile soap is harmless and won’t leave any residue.
Rub a few drops of this soap onto your face like you would with any soap and wash it off. It helps inflammation of the skin and acne. That doesn’t mean you can suddenly introduce it as a salad dressing at dinner time of course.
14. Laundry Detergent
Whoo! Let’s be real for a sec. With bills, kids, and pets, so many things can make a dent on your wallet. Whether the kids suddenly want goodies from the bakery, or if your car suddenly breaks down. Don’t let laundry detergent be one of those things that makes a dent on your wallet!
Combine borax, washing soda, castile soap, essential oil, and water. This amazing article explains the proportions and procedures in detail. It’s quite cost-effective and better to use than the mainstream products that promise to “whiten clothes to perfection.”
Sometimes, we really don’t need to use shaving cream! It actually clogs pores and can cause irritation and possibly inflammation of the skin. Is that really necessary when you could use an alternative like castile soap?
Lather on the castile soap onto the area of your skin that you wish to shave. It’s kind of like shaving cream, but not really. If you want to moisturize your skin, add a few drops of carrier oil to the castile soap before applying it to your skin.
This way, your skin won’t end up looking like a reptile shedding its skin! Believe me, when I say, it’s definitely not a runway look.
16. Floor Cleaner
I mean sure, Windex is great and all. Especially after the dinner rush and accidental grease spots on the floor. Sometimes, the Windex or any other floor cleaner you have doesn’t cut it.
The greasy floor still looks greasy, and your energy is waning away scrubbing at the stubborn spots that refuse to leave your kitchen floor. Make a mixture with castile soap and water.
Combine about 1/4 of a cup of castile soap and warm water. Make sure it’s in a bucket so that you make a large quantity. Mop away! The floor will shine in no time.
16. Foot Bath
Who needs a pedicure when you can make a personal spa recipe at home? Cheaper and much faster. If you really want to set the mood, of course, play a bit of classical music in the background. Now you’re really boujee. In a small bucket, add about 2 teaspoons of castile soap along with a few drops of essential oil.
Usually, it’s better to add the lavender, lemon, or orange flavor to really bring out the smell of the castile soap. Kick back, relax, and wait for 20 minutes. Watch an episode of Stranger Things while you’re at it. If that doesn’t help you unwind, literally, I don’t know what else will.
17. Clear Your Sinuses
Fill a large bowl with hot water, add a few squeezes of the castile soap, and inhale it. It’s more effective if you put the bowl of hot water on the ground and throw a blanket over yourself to avoid the steam from escaping.
Fire Safety 101: Don’t burn yourself by moving around too much and spilling the hot water over yourself. In other words, don’t have the sudden urge to dance to the Macarena under the blanket.
18. Remove Makeup Naturally
While natural makeup removers like coconut oil are much more prominent to use nowadays, they don’t have the best after effect. It can sometimes clog pores, and make your skin break out even more. Alone, it’s not the best. But mixed with equal parts of witch hazel and castile soap? Done deal.
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