The Only Soap You Really Need

If you are looking to empty out or organize your cleaning cabinet, Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castille Soap is definitely a good way to do so. This soap is the best all around soap I have ever used (and even smelled!). You can seriously use it for so many things and eliminate the need for most other cleaners altogether. The Lavender one is the favorite in our household, but many others are available:

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Peppermint, Baby Unscented, Lavender, Almond, Citrus, Tea Tree, Rose, and Eucalyptus!

Here is the awesome cheat sheet from their website on how to dilute this soap for 18 different uses:

Body Uses:

Face:  2-3 drops on wet hands, applied to wet face

Body:  one small squirt on a wet washcloth, applied to a wet body

Hair:  ½ Tbsp. in your hand, worked into wet hair, or dilute ½ Tbsp. in ½ a cup of water and work that into wet hair

Bath:  Completely depends upon water amount, but roughly 2 Tbsp. soap in an average sized tub. (Doesn’t bubble, but still cleans)

Shaving:  Face – 10 drops; Underarms – 3 drops; Legs – ½ tsp; Work to a lather in wet hands and then apply to area.

Teeth:  1 drop on a toothbrush. (Yes, it tastes like soap.)

Foot Bath:  1½ tsp. in a small tub of hot water.

Clearing Congestion:  1 Tbsp. in a bowl of steamy hot water. Breathe in mist with a towel draped over the head.

Household uses:

Dishes (handwashing):  Pre-dilute 1:10 with water. Squirt on a scrub brush and scrub dishes.

Laundry:  1/3—1/2 c. of soap for a large load in a normal washer. Add ½ c. vinegar to the rinse cycle. Use half of these amounts for HE

Mopping:  ½ c. of soap in 3 gallons of hot water

All-purpose cleaning:  ¼ c. soap in a quart of water in a spray bottle. Add ¼ tsp. tea tree essential oil if desired.

Windows:  1 Tbsp. soap in a quart of water in a spray bottle. Follow up with pure club soda, or half vinegar/ half water.

Toilet:  Predilute 1:4 with water in a squirt bottle. Add ¼ tsp. tea tree oil. Empty toilet, squirt bowl thoroughly, sprinkle baking soda on the brush, scrub bowl, let sit 10 minutes, turn water on, flush.

Other Uses:

Fruit and Veggie Rinse:  1 dash (approx.. ¼ tsp.) in a bowl of water. Dunk produce and swish. Then rinse in clear water.

Dog washing:  Amount varies widely depending on size, hair type and length, and overall dirtiness. I wet my dog thoroughly, then start to work in castile soap up and down their body until I have a good lather. Really massage it in down to the skin. Your dog will thank you for it.

Plant spray for bugs:  1 Tbsp. in a quart of water. Add ½ tsp. cayenne pepper or cinnamon, if desired.

Ant spray (not on plants):  ¼ c. tea tree soap in a quart of water. (This concentration will burn plants.)

*I actually add about 1/4 cup of baking soda to the recommended laundry combo to give it an extra boost and have had zero issues.

* If you have children under 6, peppermint might not be the best choice. I believe peppermint oil is harmful to them whether applied topically, inhaled, and especially if ingested.

You can order this soap directly through the Dr. Bronner’s website, or order it from Thrivemarket.com at a discounted price if you have a membership. You can also find it in the natural section of many stores, including Fred Meyer, Target, and Wal-Mart. If you’re actually going to use this soap for this many things, it’s probably best to order a larger container to get more bang for your buck 😀

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