You may have heard of Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap being praised for its many different uses, or maybe you’ve come across it as a favourite in DIY cleaning recipes. But what is this ‘magic soap’, and can it really be used in 18 different ways?
What is Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap?
Dr Bronner’s Castile soap is an incredibly versatile liquid soap, made with organic and certified fair trade ingredients, and packaged in a 100% recycled bottle. The soap is popular for being very natural, made with organic oils instead of containing detergents.
The main ingredients include organic coconut oil, olive oil and palm kernel oil, all grown and sourced sustainably by farmers who receive fair prices.
The product certifications ensure they meet the highest standards for ecological and social sustainability, and the brand promotes fair treatment of suppliers, employees, consumers, and of course, the earth.
There are no synthetic preservatives, detergents or foaming agents, yet the all-natural soap is still very effective for just about any cleaning task – as proven by its 18 different uses!
A short history of Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap
Dr Bronner’s was founded in 1948 by Emanuel Bronner, part of the third generation in a family of Jewish soap makers in Germany. Emanuel emigrated to the U.S in 1929, a few years before the Nazi’s came to power in Germany. He aimed to spread the word of his life philosophy, ‘the Moral ABC’, which urged people to stop focusing on our differences, and instead think about how we are the same. He used the labels on his ecological soaps to promote his message of unity across religious and ethnic divides, with the message “We are All-One or None!”.
Dr Bronner’s is still family-owned and run and continues to honour Emanuel’s vision by making socially and environmentally responsible products of the highest quality and dedicating their profits to aid in creating a better world.
How can I use Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap?
Using only the purest organic and fair-trade ingredients, Dr Bronner’s soap is the best for you, your home and your planet – so how can you use it? The liquid soap is concentrated, so can be diluted for a variety of different cleaning tasks, and lasts so much longer than a normal cleaning product.Here are 18 different uses for cleaning yourself and your home.
1. BODY WASH
The most obvious, yet still excellent, use of Dr Bronner’s is as a body wash. It lathers well, smells amazing, and one bottle will last you a long time, which makes it a very popular, eco-friendly choice.
2. BATH LIQUID
For a relaxing bath, add two tablespoons of the soap to running water. It is cleansing, smells amazing and will leave your skin feeling soft. The Dr. Bronner’s castile soap in lavender scent is a perfect way to wind down in the evening and achieve a peaceful night’s sleep.
3. FACE WASH
Dr Bronner’s can also be used as an effective and kind-to-skin facial cleanser for all skin types. You just need 2 to 3 drops on wet hands, applied to a wet face. The 100% organic vegetable oils and coconut oils are good for your skin, gently removing makeup and cleansing without stripping the skin. That means you can look after the planet whilst looking after your skin.
For a natural shampoo, lather up half a tablespoon of Dr Bronner’s in your hands and work into wet hair. Alternatively, if you have longer hair or want a slightly weaker solution, dilute in half a cup of water. Then lather and rinse as normal.
Dr Bronner’s can even be used as a toothpaste! Just one drop on your toothbrush will leave your mouth feeling very clean and fresh. The Dr. Bronner’s castile soap in the peppermint scent is best for this purpose.
Can’t stand the thought of putting soap in your mouth? Dr Bronner’s has also created a specialised toothpaste. It is fluoride-free, vegan and cruelty free, and contains no artificial colours, flavours preservatives or sweeteners.
6. BABY WASH
Dr Bronner’s contains only organic ingredients and no chemicals, so it is gentle on baby’s delicate skin. The baby-friendly unscented castile soap is a fragrance-free formula that won’t dry out or irritate your baby’s sensitive skin.
7. SHAVING CREAM
This is a great choice for a gentle and foaming shaving cream. Work the product into a lather in wet hands and then apply to the area – use ten drops for face, three drops for underarms, and half a teaspoon for legs. The coconut, olive and essential oil blend lubricates the blade, providing extra moisturisation for your skin! Use with the Parker Reusable Safety Razor for extra green-points!
8. CLEARING CONGESTION
When you’re feeling under the weather and your noise feels stuffy, steaming with Dr Bronner’s soap can ease congestion and soothe your sinuses. Add one tablespoon to a bowl of steaming hot water, drape a towel over your head, and breathe in the mist for a few minutes until your congestion clears.
9. DISH WASHING LIQUID
To use as dish washing liquid, dilute the soap with one part to ten parts water, and then squirt the diluted mix onto a scrubbing brush and use as normal. It is a safe and natural washing up liquid, which will leave your dishes sparkling clean.
10. LAUNDRY DETERGENT
For a homemade laundry detergent that will thoroughly clean your clothes, add a third to half a cup of the soap into a large load. Alternatively, you can make a DIY laundry detergent by combining a quarter cup of soap with a quarter cup of baking soda and half a cup of vinegar, which will serve as a fabric softener and keep your whites looking bright. You can use the unscented version if you have sensitive skin, or pick your favourite scent for beautiful smelling clothes!
11. MOPPING FLOORS
This is an effective soap to clean your floors of dirt and germs without using any harsh chemicals. Mix half a cup of soap with three gallons of hot water to create a soapy solution, that won’t leave behind any stickiness or residue.
12.CLEANING MAKEUP BRUSHES
Dr Bronner’s soap is a great, natural choice for keeping your makeup brushes clean. Just use a small amount of soap on your wet brushes, and work the products into the bristles, before rinsing and lying out to dry naturally.
13. WINDOW CLEANER
Mixing a tablespoon of Dr Bronner’s soap with water in a spray bottle creates an excellent product to keep your windows clean and clear. To prevent streaking, you can follow up with pure club soda or a half vinegar/half water mix, and then wipe down with a squeegee or microfiber cloth.
14. ALL-PURPOSE SPRAY
For an easy DIY cleaning spray that you can use all around the house, pour a quarter cup of soap into a spray bottle filled with water. This can be used to wipe down your kitchen counters, floors and bathroom surfaces, leaving your whole house sparkling clean and free from harmful chemicals.
15. FRUIT & VEGETABLE WASH
A few drops of soap mixed into a bowl of water can be used to rinse your fresh fruits and vegetables of any dirt, residue and pesticides. After cleaning, rinse in fresh water, and your produce is ready to eat.
16. DOG SHAMPOO
Not only does Dr Bronner’s keep you and your house clean, it can even be used on your dog! Wet your dog thoroughly and massage the soap into their fur until it lathers, and then rinse off as normal.
17. PLANT SPRAY FOR BUGS
Dr Bronner’s soap can also be used on your plants, to kill any unwanted bugs without damaging your plant. One tablespoon of the soap mixed with water in a spray bottle can be spritzed over leaves, buds or flowers to make sure bugs leave your plants alone. Adding half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and cinnamon acts as an anti-fungal and further strengthens the bug-deterring formula.
18. ANT SPRAY
A more concentrated version of this spray can also be used as an ant-killer, whilst still being safe for pets and small children. Mix a quarter of a cup of soap into a spray bottle to use in trouble areas, to help control ants and prevent them from entering your house.