Recently, I decided to go a long stretch and purchase Dr. Bronner’s liquid Castile soap. Back in June or July of this year, I was introduced to this soap by one of my dearest friends who is a representative for Young Living Essential Oils. She blogs here at Godoy Family Blog. During one of her Young Living Essential oil awareness classes, she gave us a few examples of how Dr. Bronner’s soap can be used together with essential oils for cleaning. Albeit, I have long lost the hand-out she gave to us. In addition, the first time I saw the soap at Target, I skipped buying it because I saw a huge bottle for close to $20. Did not want to spend $20 on soap. That was over 3 months ago. I still had a desire to buy the soap, though. So a couple weeks ago, I decided I was going to buy it for the $20 to test it out. But when I got to Target, I saw a smaller bottle for $10. I was so happy with spending $10 rather than $20 on soap! There is also the bar soap of that brand for $5 (a tiny bar). I do not know of other local stores that sell the soap. I was only told that Target sells it. Could not find it at Walmart. But I have seen it online, though. Same price, I believe. That stuff’s not cheap!
Since then, I have been coming up with many uses for the soap. It is a natural cleaning agent and does not need any additional soap added to it for cleaning the areas of your home. I purchased the Lavender so leaves a really nice clean smell. Essential oils is not necessary for adding in unless you desire, too.
Here are some of the many uses I have found for this Liquid Castile Soap (LLS)
- 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar
- 1/4 cup Dr. Bronner’s LCS
- 4 cups water (warm or regular)
- Put all ingredients in a spray and give a good shake. The vinegar with the soap makes it a kind of milk-ish color.
- I use this solution for cleaning areas such as counter tops, spills, appliances such as the microwave etc. Sometimes I’ll just spray it around the house as an air freshener.
- 1 Tablespoon Dr. Bronner’s LCS
- 1 cup warm water,
- 1 Tablespoon white vinegar (optional)
- Mix all the ingredients to together.
- I use this to cleans surfaces such as counter tops, fridge doors, microwave doors, stoves, etc), or just whatever surface I desire to clean or give a good wipe down.
Heavy Duty Cleaner (make a paste):
- 2 – 4 Tablespoons DR. Bronner’s LCS
- 1 cup borax powder or baking soda
- Mix well in a small jar and use for cleaning heavy areas such as stove tops, pots and pans, bath tubs, sinks, and other areas that need extra cleaning.
- Sometimes, I add a little bit of water to the paste in a stubborn area and let it sit for while. Then I scrub the area with a cleaning brush or rag.
- 1/2 teaspoon Dr. Bronner’s LCS
- 1 cup water
- 3-4 drops of lemon essential oil
- Mix everything together in a small spray bottle. Use it to clean windows.
- Note: I have heard that Lemon Essential Oil is good for cleaning windows and it seems to work.
Hardwood Floor Cleaner:
- 1 to 2 Tablespoons Dr. Bronner’s LCS
- 4 cups warm water
- 2 to 4 Tablespoons white vinegar (optional)
- Mix together in a bowl for cleaning floors. Double the amount in your mop bucket if you are mopping/cleaning a larger area. Money Saving Mom has a recipe on her blog for wood floor cleaner using Dr. Bronner’s soap.
Foaming Hand Soap:
- 1/4 cup Dr. Bronner’s LCS
- (Optional) 8-10 drops of essential oils
- Note: Adding essential oils is not necessary as Dr. Bronner’s soap works great on its own. However, I chose to add some Thieves essential oil since it’s good for attacking germs).
- Add the soap and essential oil to a small hand soap spray bottle.
- Fill with water and shake until foaming.
- Note: You could totally skip the essential oil, as Dr. Bronner’s soap works great on its own.
It works great for greasy areas and dishes, too. Simply use the soap in place of regular dish soap liquid, then rinse off.
So these are the many ways I use Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap. I am sure there are other ways to use the soap that I would discover as I continue to experiment. There are also suggestions on the bottle of how to use it including using it on your face and body. I have not yet tried them. And my bottle is almost empty! I use it often but I love the soap and don’t mind spending $10 on it every now and again.
Further note: Adding vinegar to Dr. Bronner’s soap turns it into a milk-ish color. Personally, I prefer to add the mixture in this order: first the soap, second the water, and then the vinegar last. I find that adding the vinegar with the soap causes the mixture to have little white pieces of stuff in there (maybe soap). Either order you chose, just remember to give the mixture a good shake and you are good to go!
What do you think about using all those natural cleaning products? Have you heard of or tried this kind of soap at your home? Would so love to hear about it!
For other Homemade soap products you can view my recipe for Homemade laundry soap here, both liquid and powder.
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness (Proverbs 31:27, KJV).