Oh, castile soap. If there’s one thing that every household should have, it’s you.
Also known as vegetable soap, castile soap is a cost-effective alternative to commercial soap. The best thing about it? It’s eco-friendly. It’s soap that’s made from all-natural plant oils and no chemical compounds or harmful additives. Unlike most of the available products being sold today, castile soap is as green as it can get.
For people with sensitive skin, or those with allergies, castile soap is the best option. But more than just being good for the skin, vegetable soap has a number of other practical and versatile uses. You’d be surprised, it can even replace many of your household items.
Curious in finding out? Read on then.
1. Bathroom Detergent
Need to clean the bath tub? How about the sink or the toilet? Maybe you used to buy a ton of cleaning material to do this before. Well, you can save some money now by mixing some plain liquid vegetable soap and a bit of baking soda. It’s guaranteed to get the all the dirt and grime away.
2. Bug and Insect Repellent
If bugs and insects are making your life hellish lately, then this should be your go-to solution. Simply mix one tablespoon of liquid vegetable soap with two to three cups of warm water. Transfer the mixture to a spray bottle and you have your home-made, highly efficient insect repellent. Bonus: it’s awesome for getting rid of cockroaches, too. Just spray around affected areas and watch the infestation cease.
3. Carpet Cleaner
Dust mites and mold have a nasty habit of making a home on carpets. This is why it’s important to clean them regularly. Unfortunately, commercial cleaners are often more dangerous than the mites. Make things safer for you and your family by using a mixture of 2 tablespoons of castile soap and 1 cup of water as your carpet cleaning tool. Blend until the solution becomes foamy and use like a regular cleaner.
4. Car Wash
A mixture of half a cup of liquid castile soap and a bucket of water can be used to give your car a thorough cleaning.
5. Food Detergent
Fruits and vegetables need to be washed before eating. Unfortunately, plain water is sometimes not enough to get rid of trace pesticides on them. Instead of buying food detergent though, you can just make a solution composed of 1 tbsp castile soap + 2 cups of warm water. It’s a safe, efficient and eco-friendly food detergent.
6. Floor Cleaning Solution
If it can clean your car, it can clean your floor. Two spoonfuls of vegetable soap mixed in a bucket of water will help you tidy up those wooden floors.
7. Hand Soap
Give your hand soap a bit of a boost by adding a teaspoon of castile soap and a few drops of tea tree oil. You’ll have a disinfectant that smells great and rinses well.
8. Laundry Detergent
Want a natural laundry detergent? Grab a couple of tablespoons of vegetable soap and a pinch of baking soda. Mix with a cup of warm water and voila! Instant laundry detergent.
9. Shampoo of Your Pet
Commercial pet shampoos are full of so many chemicals. It’s easy to develop allergic reactions to them. So instead of buying, consider making a homemade pet shampoo from castile soap instead.
10. Shampoo for You
One part castile soap mixed with 3 parts lukewarm water makes an awesome shampoo for any human, too! You can add some essential oils to the mix and you’ll be happy to see shiny, smooth locks as a result.
11. Shaving Cream
For people with sensitive skin, using castile soap as an alternative to regular shaving cream should be great. You won’t have to worry about irritation and you’d be left with smooth, shaved skin.
12. Shower Gel
Castile soap is gentle and has a pH level that’s quite compatible to human skin. Because of this, it’s a nice replacement to the usual commercial shower gels. To get the best results, use a tablespoon of castile oil for every 4 tablespoons of water and create a soft lather. This can also be used as a facial wash. The best part? It leaves no residue behind.
13. Dishwashing Machine Soap
If you still can’t tell by now, vegetable soap is highly multifunctional. Create a strong solution of plain castile soap or combine it with some lemon juice, baking soda, tea tree oil and water to have a natural disinfectant that also removes grease.
Pure liquid castile soap can replace toothpaste quite adequately. If washing your mouth with soap doesn’t sound very appealing, then just add a few drops of it to your toothpaste to enhance the cleaning potential.
15. Window and Glass Cleaner
Castile soap makes for a cheap and efficient cleaner for windows and glass. Just add a teaspoon of the soap to hot water, place in a spray bottle and go do your wash. Actually, it can be used to clean almost any kind of glossy surface. As long as the water is hot, potent compounds in the plant oils are activated and will do wonders to glass.
Castile soap is versatile and all-natural. It’s also one heck of a product to have at home. Save money and protect nature at the same time, use castile soap to replace the above household items.