The uses for Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap are seemingly endless: This organic, fair trade soap is a very popular, three generations brand that simply exploded in the 1960s with massive product sales. The soap is completely natural and full of beneficial moisturizing oils, as well as therapeutic essential oils. While Emanuel Bronner may be a little wonky in his personal and outspoken philosophies and religious beliefs (just read any label!), the soap with its eight different scents has many versatile uses. Here are several uses for Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap that are not only amazing but will save you plenty of money!
1. Body Wash
One of the great uses for Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap is as a body wash. You just need a tiny amount squirted on a loofa for a rich, soapy lather due to the high amounts of coconut oil. I would suggest either using the lavendar, rose or almond versions for a wonderful mild scent. The other citrus-based scents are a little more harsh and probably would require a lot more diluting, especially for sensitive areas.
Because the ingredients in Castile soap are all-natural, organic and pure, using it in place of your regular shampoo is a great option! It contains jojoba oil, coconut oil, and Vitamin E oil which leave the hair well conditioned. One of the scents is invigorating Tea Tree which would relieve your itchy and flaky scalp and would keep away potential head lice! If you work with kids or are around them often, head lice is always a possibility. Fortunately tea tree oil keeps them at bay without any harsh chemicals! If you prefer a more floral scent, stick to rose, almond or lavender. Another option is to buy their shampoo formula instead of the soap, although the soap alone is still very popular. You will also need to follow up with a good conditioner.
3. Hair & Body Wash for Baby
The mild version of the soap is unscented and specifically formulated for baby's gentle skin needs. I'm always looking for a good soap for my son that cleans well, conditions and is chemical-free. I don't think any of us want to load up our baby's skin and hair with toxins, chemicals and carcinogens. Plus, many of the name-brands out there actually flare up skin conditions such as eczema. Dr. Bronner's baby mild soap will calm and protect baby's soft skin!
4. Laundry Soap
Most laundry detergents are not only harsh on your skin and can cause things like dermatitis, but they are also bad for the environment. Using about 1/3 cup of the Castile soap of your choice plus borax or baking soda, will clean and preserve your clothing in a natural way. I currently use an organic lavender soap but am excited to use castile soap when I run out. Try the Eucalyptus scent which is good for bedding and getting rid of dust mites which are pesky and gross.
5. All-Purpose Cleaner
Tea Tree and eucalyptus oils have more antimicrobial properties and would be ideal for the use of an all-purpose household cleaner. You can use these specific soaps or opt for the citrus scents for a more invigorating, fresh aroma. Use 1/4 cup soap and one quart water within a spray bottle for mild cleaning and use a 1:1 ratio of soap to water for tougher, grease-related spills and stains. Because the soap can react with minerals on hard water surfaces and leave streaks, use vinegar to cleanse the area after. Vinegar is a disinfectant, however don't combine the soap and vinegar in one bottle. The vinegar is an acid and the soap is a base so the vinegar will separate the oils in the soap leaving all components useless.
6. Vegetable Rinse
For cleaning vegetables of pesticides and dirt particles, use the unscented baby mild soap. You only need a dash of the soap mixed in a tub or large bowl of warm water for it to be effective. Just remember to rinse the soap off completely after. Although the soap is harmless, no one likes the taste of soap!
7. Clearing Congestion
When you're not feeling well, put one tablespoon of Dr. Bronner's into a bowl of steaming hot water. Drape a towel over your head, and breathe in the steam until your congestion clears. This is particularly good with the peppermint-scented soap as peppermint oil clears the sinuses.
As you can see, there are some amazing uses for this magic castile soap! Other uses include mouthwash, deodorant and toothpaste, although they don't seem to be that effective in these areas - plus, it just tastes like soap! Have any of you used Dr. Bronner's before? What are some of your favorite uses and scents?