Castile soap is something that’s been around since the 1500s, when olive oil was mixed with sodium carbonate, thereby creating a hard soap that could be used for a multitude of purposes. The soap has changed a little since, involving other plant oils that are beneficial for different types of skin, for instance. However, the basic idea has stayed the same. And thus was born Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap.
Even though there are many other brands of Castile soap out there, Bronner’s is the best quality one and also the most famous. Favored by everyone from environmentally aware homemakers to heavily pierced punk rockers, it is considered the optimal soap. Coming in both bar and liquid format, both can be used equally effectively, and no one need be the wiser. The liquid form is generally more popular as things tend to feel cleaner after using it, but bar soap is cheaper. The choice is entirely the consumer’s. Dr. Bronner’s, and of course, other Castile soaps, have their uses both in personal care or around the house, thus saving the user a fortune in the plethora of products that are used, as well as space in the bathroom and under the sink.
1. Dish Soap
Even though most people are attached to using Dawn and the like, Castile soap works just as well to cut through dirt and grime from last night’s chili. Make a washing solution with one part soap and ten parts water and use it in the same way as you would any other dishwashing liquid. As an added bonus, Castile soap gets major brownie points from the Environmental Working Group as a low-impact product.
Doing laundry tends to be a guilt-ridden activity for people who are focused on using environmentally friendly products because most soaps and detergents are terrible for the planet due to the high use of toxic chemicals. But that need no longer be the case. Castile soap can be used in place of regular detergent by using a third of a cup per load. There is one caveat, however: be sure to add a cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle of your load, without which your clothes will have a funny texture.
3. Face and Body Wash
Obviously, Dr. Bronner’s and others can be used in the shower, they are, after all, soap. Gentle enough for even the most finicky of skin types, simply lather up a couple of squirts of soap on a washcloth or loofah and wash as usual. The same goes for your face. This will save you money on buying specialty soaps, and you will smell just as good thanks to the many flavors of Dr. Bronner’s, such as lavender, tea tree, and almond.
Because Castile soaps lather so well, much better in fact than some shaving creams (not foams, it’s not that magical), it is ideal for beard and mustache care. Just wet your hands and skin, apply a few drops of soap in your hands until foamy, and shave as usual. Make sure to finish your shave with some homemade lotion for silky smooth skin.
5. Homemade Baby Wipes
Regular baby wipes, even the ones in the greenest packaging, are still prone to sewage clogging and resource wasting. Instead of using store-bought wipes, make your own. Buy the best quality paper towels and soak them with a mixture of Castile soap, water, almond oil, and lotion. Soak the sheets for ten minutes and use as you would standard wipes.