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By on August 9, 2012
castile soap

Castile soap is made from plant oils. It comes in bar and liquid form and is a frugal and versatile product to keep on hand. It comes scented and unscented. Some scents are better suited for certain tasks; for example, you might prefer citrus scents for cleaning in your kitchen versus on your body, where you might prefer floral scents. Keep in mind that if you’re using scented Castile soap in the recipes below, there’s no need to include the optional scented essential oils.
Here are a few ideas and recipes for using Castile soap in your home:


Car wash:

Castile liquid soap or any vegetable-based soap and water will work for a home car wash. Mix two parts water with one part soap.


Use Castile soap instead of Zote or Fels-Naptha in homemade laundry soap recipes.
Powdered Laundry Soap
2 cups finely shredded Castile soap
1 cup washing soda
1 cup borax
Combine ingredients and store in an airtight plastic container. Use 2 tablespoons per laundry load.

Castile Floor Cleaner:

1 gallon hot water
2 tablespoons liquid Castile soap
15 drops orange essential oil
10 drops lemon essential oil or 1/4 cup lemon juice
Blend all ingredients in mop bucket. Mop floor as usual. No need to rinse.

Dish Soap I:

2 cups of Castile soap
A few drops of essential oil
1/2 cup water
Save a store-bought dishwashing liquid bottle. Combine liquid Castile soap with warm water. Add a few drops of essential oil for scent. Mix ingredients and pour into a bottle.

Dish Soap II:

3 tablespoons lavender liquid Castile soap
2 cups hot water
2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin
2 tablespoons white vinegar
10 drops lemon or lavender essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a squeeze bottle. Shake well to blend.

Counter Cleaner:

1 teaspoon liquid Castile soap
1/8 cup vinegar
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 cups water
6 drops citrus essential oil
1 teaspoon borax
Combine in a spray bottle. Label. Shake before using.

Natural Scrub Cleanser:

2 cups baking soda
1/2 cup liquid Castile soap
3 teaspoons vegetable glycerin
A few drops essential oil
Mix together and store in a sealed glass jar. When cleaning areas such as a bathtub, spray the area with vinegar to loosen dirt, apply natural cleaner, use a luffa sponge to scrub and rinse with water.

Bubble Bath:

5 drops essential oil
1 ounce liquid glycerin
1 ounce coconut oil
4-ounce bar Castile soap, grated
4 cups distilled water
Mix ingredients together. Store in spill-proof container. Add to bathwater.

Body Wash:

2 cups Castile soap, grated
1/2 gallon distilled water
2 tablespoons vegetable glycerin
15 drops skin-safe essential oil
Mix grated soap, water and glycerin together in a large pan. Warm on the stove using low heat. Stir until the soap dissolves. Add essential oil and mix well. Transfer to a jar with a tight lid. Can be used for shaving or to bathe dogs, too: Use the above recipe or simply use two parts water to one part liquid Castile soap.

photo by fireballsedai


  1. Shannon Beaston

    4/14/2013 at 1:45 am

    You’ve never washed a car. Just admit it.

  2. frugalforever

    9/28/2013 at 2:30 pm

    I use castile soap in my liquid soap dispenser when I run out of homemade liquid hand soap!

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