Dilute Dilute Dilute.
I swear by Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap in my house for everything from hand washing soap to bathtub cleaner. I’ve used the unscented liquid soap as a baby wash by adding just a little bit to baby’s bathtub and wiping him down sponge bath style. I put the diluted soap in my foam dispensers for hand washing in the bathrooms and the kitchen, lavendar is my favorite for that. I am in love with the rose scented Castile soap as a bodywash and keep a 32oz bottle in the shower. The citrus scent, however, is a close second. I use the peppermint soap to clean my floors with which keeps the city mice out of my house. One whiff of peppermint and they gladly find someone else’s hole. I have even used the Castile soap bars in my homemade laundry detergent recipes.
Dr Bronner’s natural oil based soaps are truly all-purpose. They can, however, be a little expensive (especially for a frugal sistah like myself). At $10 a quart, I’m gonna need them to last me a while. So, as soon as I bring home a 32 oz bottle of liquid Castile soap I dilute it using a 3:1 ratio of water to soap and transfer it into an empty vinegar bottle. This ratio instantly stretches one quart into a gallon and last’s me a good 3-4 months. Cha-ching…money’s worth!
So the next time you pick up a bottle of liquid Castile soap (wordpress keeps making me capitalize Castile. Is that really necessary?), instantly quadruple its volume using the above ratio. Remember the ABC’s and dilute, dilute, dilute!.
• an 8 oz bottle of Dr Bronner’s liquid Castile soap (or one 32 oz bottle)
• a 32 oz bottle preferably with a squirt top (or an empty 1 gallon container)
1. Pour the castile soap into the larger bottle
2. Fill up the empty soap bottle with water 3 times and add it to the larger bottle
3. That’s it. Easy like Staples.
If you are new to using Castile soaps and you want to get a few scents all at once I would suggest you get the smaller 8 oz bottles of soap and dilute into a 32 oz bottle. It will be plenty.
If using as a hand soap I strongly recommend getting a foaming soap dispenser. Diluted Castile soap is too watery for a regular dispenser but works perfectly as a foam soap. Undiluted, it will clog up your dispenser.
Other ways I use Castile soap:
• last resort shampoo (its a little too oily for me but, it will do if there is nothing else on hand)
• fruit and vegetable wash, excellent
• occassional dish washer detergent
• occassional dish washing liquid. It doesnt produce any suds in the bucket but if I pour it on the dish rag directly Im good
• bubble bath without the bubble
• a make do laundry detergent
• all purpose surface cleaner (see my recipe for a homemade soft scrub here)
• Couple it with peroxide to clean my gladrags and moon cups *ladies
• Homemade baby wipes (unscented)
• Foot soak (peppermint)
Simply put, I use this stuff on everything. Did I miss anything?