I’ve always used Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap in the shower. It’s 100% certified organic and smells great. It has no synthetic preservatives, no detergents or foaming agents. And not only does Dr. Bronner’s make it their mission to keep the planet clean, they are also making sure humanity is safe too by using only fair trade ingredients, that is, they use only farms that have been certified to provide fair wages and safe working conditions for all their employees.
And you can clean your whole house with it for an eco-friendly, non-toxic home!
What is castile soap?
Castile soap is a soap made with vegetable oils. It originated in the Castile region of spain and was made with olive oil mixed with sodium carbonate as early as the 16th century. The benefits of castile soap are numerous as it is not made with animal fats so is vegan friendly and completely all natural and non toxic. Castile soap uses are as numerous for your house as it is for your body.
Who was Dr. Bronner?
Emanuel Bronner, born in 1908 in Germany, was a third generation master soapmaker of Jewish heritage. He grew up apprenticing with his soapmaking family but his revolutionary soapmaking ideas and powerful personality led him to clash with his father and uncles. In 1929, he emigrated to the US to advise American soapmaking companies. Tragically, with the rise of Hitler, the Nazis nationalized his family’s company in Germany and sent his parents to concentration camps where they were killed. Shortly after, Emanuel founded the Dr. Bronner’s company in Los Angeles. Always esposing for unity among all, he decided to put his 3,000 philosophy on the now iconic label and by the 60s it became a movement as well as a soap. Dr. Bronner passed in 1997 but the company is still run by his family.
Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap uses for cleaning
The great thing about Dr. Bronner’s is that it comes in bar form or liquid form. And the liquid form is powerful enough that you only need a small amount to do big jobs. This list is by no means exhaustive as far as what you can clean (we would be here all day) and the ratios can be adjusted. This list is courtesy of Dr. Bonner’s granddaughter Lisa. Check out here wonderful blog for everything you need to know about going green.
Dishes (handwashing): Pre-dilute 1:10 of Dr. Bronner’s with water. Squirt on a scrub brush and scrub dishes.
Laundry: 1/3-1/2 cup of Dr. Bronner’s soap for a large load in a normal washer. Add ½ cup vinegar to the rinse cycle. Use half of these amounts for High Efficiency washers.
Mopping: ½ cup of Dr. Bronner’s soap in 3 gallons of hot water.
All-purpose cleaning: ¼ cup of Dr. Bronner’s soap in a quart of water in a spray bottle. Add ¼ tsp. tea tree essential oil if desired.
Windows: 1 Tbsp of Dr. Bronner’s soap in a quart of water in a spray bottle. Follow up with pure club soda, or half vinegar/ half water.
Toilet: Predilute 1:4 of Dr. Bronner’s with water in a squirt bottle. Add ¼ tsp. tea tree oil. Empty toilet, squirt bowl thoroughly, sprinkle baking soda on the brush, scrub bowl, let sit 10 minutes, turn water on, flush.
And with these eight different scents, your house will always smell wonderful!
- Tea Tree
- Baby Unscented
They now make hand sanitizer as well!
If you’re looking for more natural cleaning products, read my review of Blueland Products here.
Also, check out my guide to reusable paper towels to really have an eco-friendly home!