Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap is one of the most popular brands of castile soap on the market. If you are not sure what castile soap is, it is an all-vegetable-based soap (compared to animal fat-based soap). Unlike the latter, which contains unnatural ingredients and has a high ecological impact due its manufacturing process, castile soap is eco-friendly and biodegradable. It is also a money saver because Dr. Bronner’s advertises this product as an 18-in-1 all natural clean for every occasion. Below are those eighteen Dr. Bronner Castile Soap uses, plus a few more.
Before I dive into all the amazing ways you can use this soap, let me tell you a little about my history with this product. I have been using Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap for over fifteen years. I was first introduced to it when I spent one summer tent camping with my parents in Hawaii. Because we were going to be in the wild and didn’t want to harm the environment with water carrying diluted chemicals that would seep into the soil, and because we traveled light, we needed something that would get us (and our things) clean. That’s where Dr. Bronner’s pure-castile soap comes in. During that summer (and camping trips for many years to follow) we used the soap for everything including taking showers, shaving, brushing our teeth, washing dishes, and washing our clothes. Of course, there are still many other uses (some just don’t apply when you’re tent camping!). I brought it last year on my Thai vacation, when I stayed in gorgeous villa on Koh Samui. It’s just irreplaceable! Anyways, for years I only used the peppermint because its clean and refreshing scent makes it very versatile when it comes to personal and household cleaning. Since first being introduced to this soap, I ONLY use this soap at home (mostly for personal use). I literally cannot bring myself to look or buy any other brand – it’s that amazing! And, since I’ve been introduced to essential oils just over a year ago I have become familiar with the benefits the other scents may have. For example, eucalyptus can revitalize the skin, promote relaxation, and invigorate the senses. In addition, lavender is more mild and can soothe skin irritations, promote relaxation, freshen linen, and was even used as a perfume in ancient civilizations.
Why Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap?
Compared to other soaps on the market, Dr. Bronner’s is a little more on the pricey side, however, when you consider its versatility and quality, there is no comparison. Additionally, its high concentration needs dilution, so a little goes a long way. It is available in all different sizes from 2 ounces (perfect for traveling!) to one gallon, and I usually get the 32 oz. size, which lasts about 4-5 months with moderate daily use. They even have a new organic shikakai soap that comes in a pump dispenser. This soap was formulated specifically for hands, face, hair, and body and is similar to the original pure-castile soap, but instead of water it has organic grape juice, organic sucrose, and organic shikakai powder. These ingredients help the skin retain its natural moisture and naturally cleanse the hair. It is also slightly thicker and is must have for every sink (and shower) in your house!
The 25 Dr. Bronner Castile Soap Uses
But, the main focus of this article is talk about the eighteen (and more) ways to use Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap. Please find below the uses with recommended dilution and scent for the job:
- Face Wash – put 2-3 drops on your wet hands and apply to your wet face. Lather and massage into your skin for 30-60 seconds. Then rinse. Recommended Scents: Lavender, Tea Tree, Rose, Eucalyptus, or Baby (unscented) for sensitive skin.
- Body Wash – all you need is 1-2 squirts on a wet washcloth, applied to a wet body. You can also apply directly to your skin, but using some kind of cloth or loofah will help exfoliate at the same time. Recommended Scents: All work, it’s totally personal preference!
- Hand Wash – For washing your hands, you can a varying ratio of soap to water depending on personal preference. Using a glass or BPA free plastic soap dispenser, dilute anywhere from 1 part soap to 4 parts water, up to at 1:1 ratio. Recommended Scents: Almond, Lavender, Citrus, Peppermint, Rose
- Hair Wash (shampoo) – work ½ Tbsp. of soap into wet hair. Massage around until lather forms, then wash and rinse out well. Recommended Scents: Almond, Lavender, Citrus, Peppermint, Eucalyptus
- Bath Soak – Although using this castile soap will not bubble and foam up like regular bath bubbles, it is a great natural, organic alternative. The amount of soap used in your bath can depend on tube size and water amount, but it’s safe to say that an average amount is to use about 2 Tbsp. to one full bath tub. Recommended Scents: Again, depending on your needs whether it be to refresh or relax, can depend on fragrance you use. Peppermint and citrus are great for revitalizing, lavender and eucalyptus are great for relaxation, and rose and tea tree are great for skin rejuvenation.
- Shaving – Different areas of your body require a different amount of soap. For Face – 1- drops, Underarms – 3 drops, Legs – ½ teaspoon. Work to a lather in wet hands and apply to area. Shave and rinse as usual. Recommended Scents: Almond, Lavender, Baby (unscented)
- After Shave – Add 1-2 drops to a glass or BPA free plastic spray bottle (1.7-4.2 fl oz) filled with distilled water. Spraying on your skin after shaving will help invigorate skin and prevent shaving rash. Recommended Scents: Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Lavender, and Baby (unscented)
- Deodorant – Did you know that aluminum is the active ingredient in most over the counter deodorants? Yuck! Add .05 fl oz of soap to a glass or BPA plastic free bottle (4.2 fl oz) along with 1 tsp of Himalayan salt crystals. Recommended Scents: Rose, Citrus, Lavender, Tea Tree
- Dental Cleaning – to use this as “toothpaste” put a 1 drop on your toothbrush and proceed as usual. But, be forewarned, it does taste like soap and does not have the same consistency as that minty fresh paste you are use to, but it is 100% natural and organic. Recommended Scents: Peppermint or Citrus
- Breath Freshener – add 1-2 drops to a glass or BPA spray bottle (1.7-4.2 fl oz.) with distilled water. Recommended Scents: Peppermint or Citrus
- Mouth Wash – Add 1 drop to a shot-size glass of water, swish around your mouth for 30 seconds, and rinse. Recommended Scents: Peppermint.
- Foot Bath – add 2 teaspoons to a small tub filled with hot water. Recommended Scents: Depending on your specific needs you might consider the following: Peppermint for cracked heels, Lavender for sore/inflamed feet, or Tea Tree for any fungal infections.
- Clearing Congestion – Nothing clears congestion more than some steamy hot water with a little bit of this soap in it. Put 1 Tbsp. in a bowl of boiling water and breathe in mist with a towel draped over your head. Recommended Scents: Peppermint, Eucalyptus
- Hot Towel Massage – Add 5 drops on to bath towel in a sink of hot water. Wring the towel out and place over the face & scalp and proceed by massaging with your fingertips. Repeat for the entire body, lightly massaging, using light strokes towards the heart. Be sure to rinse the towel in between each area in hot, PLAIN water. And remember to breathe, and breathe deeply. Recommended Scents: all work for this – it is personal preference. For an energizing feeling, Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Citrus are great. For a calming effect, Lavender is awesome!
- Baby Wash – Washing your newborn can be nerve wracking, but it doesn’t have to be. Add 1-2 drops to a wet washcloth and wipe down your baby. Recommended Scents: Baby (unscented) is the top choice for this!
*please note for sensitive skin, the Baby (unscented) castile soap is a viable option.
- Dishes – Dishes are easy and require a lot of dilution. Fill a BPA-free plastic container with a 1:10 soap:water ratio to use with a sponge on your dishes. Recommended Scents: Peppermint
- Laundry – using this pure-castile soap to do your laundry may take a full trial/error loads to get it right. Generally, using ⅓ – ½ cup of soap for 1 large of laundry on normal wash works just fine. But, its important to add ½ cup of vinegar once the rinse cycle kicks in. PLEASE NOTE: Use ½ these amounts for HE (high efficiency) washing machines. And, adding a dash of baking soda can help. In addition, this is delicate enough to use on hand wash items, such as silks and wool. Recommended Scents: Lavender
- Mopping – this is one the easiest recipes here, but take ½ cup of soap to 3 gallons of hot water will do the trick. Recommended Scents: Tea Tree or Eucalyptus
- All-Purpose Cleaning – For light cleaning dilute 1 part castile soap to 40 parts water and for heavy-duty cleaning you can use 1:1 ratio. Recommended Scents: Citrus, Peppermint, Eucalyptus
- Windows – to wash your windows, simply add 1 Tbsp. of soap to a quart of water in a glass or BPA-free spray bottle. Spray on windows, followed by applying pure club soda or a combination of ½ vinegar & ½ water. Wipe clean. Recommended Scents: Citrus, Peppermint, Eucalyptus
- Toilet – To clean your toilet all you need to do is pre-dilute 1 part soap to 4 parts water in a squirt bottle or other manageable bottle you can use to apply to the toilet and add ¼ tsp. Tea Tree oil to the mix. To clean, empty the toilet, squirt the bowl thoroughly with the mixture, then sprinkle baking soda on the brush and scrub bowl, and let sit for 10 minutes. To rinse, turn water on and flush. Recommended Scents: If you don’t have tea tree oil to add to the formula, then Tea Tree scent is the best choice for this. You can also use Citrus.
- Fruit/Veggie Rinse – To rinse your fruit or veggies all you need to is put ½ tsp of soap into a bowl of water. Submerge the produce into the mixture and swish around for 30 seconds. Then, rinse in running, clean water. Recommended Scents: Baby (unscented) is the best choice.
- Pet Washing – This is a great alternative to expensive pet shampoos that are out on the market. The dilution will depend on the size, type of hair, length of hair, and dirtiness of your pet. Start by wetting the coat of your pet thoroughly. Then, apply a 1 small squirt down their spine and work into their coat until you have nice lather. Add more as necessary. Recommended Scents: Eucalyptus is a natural flea deterrent and can be great if you pet has an issue with fleas. Or, Baby (unscented) is great for pets with sensitive skin.
- Pest Spray (on plants) – To get rid of pesky garden pests use 1-2 Tbsp. of soap per quart of water and spray on infected areas. Recommended Scents: Citrus, Lavender or Baby (unscented) work well.
- Ant Spray (not on plants) – to get rid of ants combine ¼ cup of soap with 1 quart of water in a glass or BPA-free plastic bottle and spray where Please note this concentration WILL burn plants. Recommended Scents: Eucalyptus, Citrus, Peppermint
There are also a bunch of DIY recipes that can be made using this awesome organic pure-castile soap! You can check out my collection of pure-castle DIY recipes here!
If this versatility isn’t enough to convince you that this is a must-have for every household, then the fact that Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap is the epitome of “eco-friendly”, should. All ingredients are certified organic, fair trade, and 100% vegan using no detergents, foaming agents, or animal testing. Plus, they are packaged using 100% post-consumer recycled plastic! With 8 fragrances available, there really is something for everyone and every occasion. This soap is currently available in: almond, baby (unscented), citrus, eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, rose, and tea tree. To check out current pricing and availability on Amazon, click on one of the scents below.