I’m always on the look out for newest, trendiest beauty products. So when I saw Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Liquid Soap ($12) at Urban Outfitters, I threw the multi-use soap in my shopping bag. When my mom saw what I bought, she laughed and told me that Dr. Bronner’s is hardly a “trendy” new beauty product. Apparently, she has been using it around the house for years.
So what is Castile soap? It’s an all-vegetable-based soap (meaning there’s no animal fats) that originated in the Castile region of Spain. When you use “Pure-Castile” soap, like Dr. Bronner’s, it’s guaranteed that you are using a ecological and simple soap, opposed to a complex blend of detergents that might contain harsh chemicals. Since Castile soap is all-natural, it has many uses. Seriously, you can use this stuff for almost anything. Check out all the ways you can use the multi-purpose soap below:
Face Wash: This one is the most obvious, so we’re not even counting it! But in case you didn’t know, castile soap is great as a cleansing face wash. Use the soap on it’s own or you can easily make your own foaming facial cleanser.
Body Wash: Castile soap makes a great body wash. Dr. Bronner’s lathers easily and comes in amazing scents like almond, eucalyptus, and lavender.
Makeup Brush Cleaner: Castile soap works as a great makeup brush cleanser. It’s an easy natural way to keep your brushes clean
Shaving Cream: While you’re in the shower, you can use Castile soap as a shaving agent. The oils in the soap leave skin super soft after you shave.
Fruit & Veggie Wash: Believe it or not, you can wash your body and your food with Castile soap. Add a drop of the soap to a bowl of warm water and stir. Simply wash fruit and vegetables in the solution and rinse with clean water. This will remove any harmful chemicals on your fruit and veggies.
Ant Spray: Mix 1/4 cup of tea tree soap to a quart of water and stir. Put the mixture in a spray bottle and spray where you’ve seen ants. It will kill ants and keep them away.
Surface Cleaner: According to Real Simple, Castile soap efficiently loosens grim and dirt from surfaces but because it’s so gentle, it won’t dull them. Check out their guide for cleaning different surfaces (like marble and hard wood floors) here.
Laundry: To use Castile soap as laundry detergent, add 1/3 to 1/2 cup of the soap to your laundry in a normal washer. Then add 1/2 cup vinegar to the rinse cycle.
Pet Shampoo: You can also use Castile soap as dog shampoo. It doesn’t lather like tradtional shampoos, but it will leave your dog’s fur clean and shiny.
Baby Shampoo: Yup, Castile soap is so gentle you can use it on a baby. Dr. Bronner actually makes an unscented/sensitive version for babies. All you need to do is add a few drops to their baths. However, I wouldn’t recommend it as a shampoo for longer hair as it can leave your strands feeling “tangly.” If you do use it as shampoo, be sure to condition your hair afterwards.
Remember, Castile soap is also more concentrated then other types of soap, so a little goes a long way. Most of the uses for Castile soap regular you to dilute the liquid soap. Check out Lisa Bronner’s dilutions cheat sheet here.
[Image: Urban Outfitters]