20 Excellent Castile Soap Uses
Castile soap is a gentle cleaner that has a lot of uses around the home. If you’re ready to put this versatile soap to good use around your house, check out some of these amazing castile soap uses.
What Is Castile Soap?
Castile soap is an eco-friendly soap made from vegetable oil instead of tallow, which is animal fat. Since castile soap comes from vegetable oil, it’s vegan, cruelty-free, and completely biodegradable.
It originated in Castile, Spain, which is a region known for its olive oil. As a result, castile soap used to be made from olive oil. However, today you can find it made from a variety of vegetable-derived oils, such as hemp, walnut, coconut, sunflower seed, avocado, and more.
Now that you know what castile soap is, you might be wondering what you can do with it. Just about everything! Check out some of these awesome castile soap uses.
1. Body Wash
Castile soap makes an excellent body wash straight from the bottle. Just like pretty much every other body wash, all you have to do is squirt a little on your shower loofah and scrub away.
2. Baby Wash
When my son developed eczema as a baby, I started to research natural ways to ease his skin. I soon learned that many baby soaps and shampoos contain alcohol, which is a drying agent.
While alcohol is great for getting a streak-free shine with this DIY laminate floor cleaner, it’s definitely not great when you’re dealing with sensitive skin that’s already dry.
That’s when I made the switch to using unscented baby castile soap for his body wash. Since this soap is so gentle, it was perfect for his sensitive skin.
All I had to do was add 1 ounce of castile soap to 2 ounces of distilled water to create a baby wash for him. Of course, it’s still a soap, so I had to make sure I kept it away from his eyes, but it was much gentler on his skin.
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3. Dog Shampoo
Babies aren’t the only ones who can benefit from the gentleness of castile soap. It also makes an excellent dog shampoo!
Simply wet your dog’s coat, apply a few drops of castile soap, and work it around until you have a good lather. After you rinse your dog well, he or she will smell great and have a beautifully shiny coat!
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4. Foaming Hand Soap
Get those hands naturally clean by making your own DIY foaming hand soap. Simply add 1 part castile soap to 3 parts water and pour the mixture into a foaming soap dispenser.
5. Dish Soap
In addition to making a great foaming hand soap, you can also use castile soap as a dish soap. Fill your sink with 1 part castile soap and 10 parts warm water.
Not only is this solution significantly less expensive than traditional dish soap, but you also don’t have to worry about the soap irritating the skin on your hands and arms when you clean the dishes.
6. Shaving Soap
Castile soap makes a nice shave soap because the vegetable oil helps the razor slide smoothly across your skin. Simply rub a few drops between your wet hands to create a lather that you can use on your legs, underarms, or face.
Need something that’s a little more nourishing? Then be sure to check out how to make this DIY shaving gel.
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7. Foot Scrub
After a long day on your feet, there’s nothing more relaxing and pampering than a nice massage with a foot scrub. To make your own DIY foot scrub, simply mix together 1 tablespoon of peppermint castile soap, 1 cup of sugar, 2 tablespoons of fractionated coconut oil, and 2 drops of peppermint essential oil.
Then you can use the scrub to buff away dead skin and reveal refreshed and silky-soft feet.
Interested in a whole-body scrub that can also help reduce the appearance of cellulite? Then you’ll love this DIY coffee scrub!
8. All-Purpose Cleaner
One excellent way to use castile soap is as an all-purpose cleaner. This DIY all-purpose cleaner is safe to use on nearly every surface in your house and it quickly cleans up sticky spots, dirt, grime, and more.
Now, if you’re like me, you feel like one of the hardest parts of creating your own DIY cleaning products is remembering the ingredients for each one. That’s why we’ve put together this awesome bundle of DIY cleaning product recipe cards and labels!
This bundle is a stylish and convenient way to remember what you need for your natural cleaning products. Plus, it includes everything you need to start naturally cleaning your home today!
9. Tile Floor Cleaner
10. Hardwood Floor Cleaner
You should never clean your hardwood floors with vinegar because it can strip the finish and make your floors look dull. However, this DIY hardwood floor cleaner uses castile soap, which is gentle enough to clean the wood without damaging it.
11. Sink Scrub
Not only does this homemade sink scrub smell fantastic, but it also does a great job of cleaning tubs, showers, sinks, and countertops. Plus, you can even use something like this lavender castile soap to give your sink scrub a soothing and pleasant scent.
12. Dusting Spray
Dusting isn’t exactly the most exciting household chore, but it can certainly be a lot less toxic when you use this DIY dusting spray made with castile soap. Even better, since this dusting spray uses citrus castile soap, it smells just as incredible as the stuff you buy at the store!
13. Carpet Cleaner
Messes on carpets and rugs are bound to happen. But you can make them disappear with this homemade carpet cleaner that uses castile soap.
14. Laundry Detergent
Store-bought laundry detergent can contain all types of nasty chemicals you don’t want lingering on your clothes and sitting on your skin all day long.
Making DIY laundry detergent is one of the genius castile soap uses that a lot people don’t even know about. Since this homemade laundry detergent uses castile soap, it’s ideal for people with sensitive skin.
15. Makeup Remover
Ditch those wasteful single-use makeup removing wipes and use castile soap to make a truly luxurious makeup remover.
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16. Makeup Brush Cleaner
Not only can you use castile soap to make a makeup remover, but you can also use it to make a makeup brush cleaner. All you need to do is add a few drops of castile soap to a small bowl of warm water.
Swirl your makeup brushes around in the mixture, and then rinse them under cool water until they’re clean. Set them aside to let them air-dry.
You can use this mixture to clean your makeup brushes anytime you feel like they’re getting a little dirty.
17. Sinus Clearer
Did you end up catching a cold? There are plenty of natural ways you can make that cold shorter, including using castile soap as a sinus congestion cleaner.
Fill a large bowl with hot water and then add a few squeezes or pumps of either eucalyptus castile soap or peppermint castile soap. Lean over the bowl, drape a towel over your head, and breathe deeply to let the steam gently and naturally open your nasal passages.
18. Ant Deterrent
Ants are determined little boogers that will make their way inside your home any chance they get. If you discover ants in your house, one effective and natural way to make them go away is to use peppermint castile soap to clean up the pheromone trail.
As an added bonus, ants hate the smell of peppermint, so this ant spray will also make them stay away!
19. Garden Spray
I love growing my own food so I can save money and help my family avoid dangerous chemicals. So when harmful bugs, fungi, and other diseases attack my garden plants, I fight back naturally using castile soap.
To make a garden spray, simply combine 1 tablespoon of castile soap with 1 quart of water in a spray bottle. Then spray your plants thoroughly. This garden spray is especially effective against powdery mildew!
Related: How to Start a Garden for Beginners
20. Car Wash
When you wash your car at home, the soap and water will either soak into the ground or head right into a storm drain. Since you certainly don’t want any type of toxic soap doing that, you can use biodegradable castile soap to clean your car.
To make your own car wash soap, just add a few drops of castile soap to a bucket of water. Then use an organic unbleached cotton unpaper towel to clean your car.
How to Turn a Bar of Castile Soap Into Liquid Castile Soap
Here’s a bonus tip for you! If you plan on using castile soap a lot around your house, it’s often cheaper to buy bars of castile soap instead of liquid soap.
Fortunately, it’s very easy to turn a bar of castile soap into liquid castile soap. Simply chop a bar of soap into small pieces. Place the pieces in a pint-size mason jar and fill with boiling water.
Let the mixture sit for about 20 minutes, and then stir well to make sure all of the soap has completely dissolved. And that’s it! You just turned a bar of castile soap into liquid castile soap!
Outstanding Castile Soap Uses for Your Home
Castile soap is a versatile cleaner that can make your cleaning routine more eco-friendly. There are so many incredible castile soap uses around the house, you might find this is the only cleaner you need!
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