How to Use Castile Soap for Nearly Everything


I will say up front that this is not a sponsored post for anyone like Dr. Bronner’s. This is simply my testament to how much I love keeping this type of soap around the apartment for all manner of dirty jobs! The amazing product known as Castile soap is a plant-based soap originally from the Castile region of Spain and has traditionally been made from olive oil for thousands of years. Now Castile soap is still sometimes made from olive oil, but can be made from other plants as well. Castile soap contains no animal products whatsoever and is a greener alternative to most grocery store soaps.

In addition to it being more environmentally responsible than most contemporary soaps and detergents, it’s effective and incredibly versatile. It’s strong enough when concentrated to get down and dirty with the best of cleaning products and when diluted, it’s mild enough to use as body wash and shampoo. If you choose to buy the tried and true brand, Dr. Bronner’s, it also comes in a nice selection of scents- almond, citrus, eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, rose, and tea tree. It comes in both liquid and bar forms, but I recommend the liquid for utmost versatility. You can order these online or find at stores like Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and often local health food stores.

Some examples of what you can use Castile soap for:

  • Dish detergent
  • Mopping solution
  • Floor cleaner
  • Dog shampoo
  • Your shampoo
  • Body wash
  • Clean fruits and vegetables with it
  • Toothpaste(!)
  • All purpose cleaner
  • Shaving cream
  • Hand soap

That’s a lot right there! If you need a reference for how to use Castile soap for each one of these, try this dilution cheat sheet.