Did you know that “castile” is just a way to describe a style of soap, not a particular brand? That little fact often comes as a surprise to many people.
Castile soaps are “real” soap: balanced, naturally sudsy, with a natural pH high enough that they don’t require the addition of synthetic surfactants or preservatives. Real soap is pretty simple stuff, and it’s very simply made. No artificial ingredients, no detergents, no pesticides needed, just pure, clean soap for cleaning your family head to toe.
But real soap’s amazing-ness doesn’t stop there! It has so many different uses, that you can’t help but save money when you’re able to eliminate multiple household products with a few simple changes.
1) Whip up some all-purpose soft scrubby cleanser.
Real soaps clean from head to toe, but would you believe from “head” to kitchen? Perfect for making a safe and super effective DIY scrub that cleans your whole house, stem to stern. You’ll be tackling kitchen counters, sinks, toilets and tile, plus birdbaths, coffee stains in ceramic mugs, scuffmarks on woodwork before you know it! And all without the cancer-causing, endocrine-disrupting, asthma-inducing chemicals that are often legally undisclosed on the labels of commercial cleaning products.
Round up four simple ingredients to make a non-toxic scrubby cleanser, including castile soap, baking soda, a few drops of essential oil and lemon juice or vinegar.
2) Make your own diaper wipe solution.
Making homemade baby wipes takes just a few minutes of work and saves loads of money. You can make them with cloth, so they are reusable, or with paper towels if you need disposables. As an added bonus, the wipe solution can also be used as a diaper spray!
All you need to make your own wipes are washcloths or a roll of premium paper towels cut in half lengthwise, pure castile soap, Angel Baby Oil or olive oil, and water.
3) Skip antibacterial soaps and wash grimy little hands with real soap.
Are you worried about the soap your kids will encounter at school? Many studies have proven that simply washing away the bacteria and viruses with soap and hot water is just as effective as using soaps made with antibacterial chemicals, like Triclosan – which is actually a pesticide. So instead of soaps filled with detergents, antibacterial pesticides and other worrisome ingredients, send the kids with their own pure soap! Detergent-free, organic castile soaps contain no artificial foaming agents, sulfates, Triclosan, preservatives, parabens, fragrance or dyes.
4) Mix up some homemade laundry detergent.
This all-natural laundry detergent recipe is safe for people and the earth, leaves your clothes smelling fresh, and costs about one-tenth what conventional laundry detergents do. For tough stains, use it full-strength as a pre-soak before washing.
DIY Laundry Detergent Recipe
1 cup vinegar (white)
1 cup baking soda
1 cup washing soda
1/4 cup any Earth Mama pure castile soap
Simply pour Earth Mama pure castile soap into a large mixing bowl, add the washing soda and baking soda, mix well. Then add the vinegar in small batches (fun foaming action will occur). Keep stirring! The thick paste will turn into a heavy powder detergent. Store in an airtight container. We hear that about 1/2 cup per full load yields great results!
5) Stomp out ants with a non-toxic spray.
Before you reach for that can of bug spray, consider that exposing your family and pets to chemical-laden pesticides can causes serious health problems. And there’s just no need for it because castile soap works to kill ants too – safe for you and your family, not so great for the ants.
All you have to do is fill a 8 oz. spray bottle with water, add 3 tbsp. of liquid castile soap and 10 drops of peppermint essential oil. Shake to mix it well, then spray it directly on crawling bugs and around the perimeter of your house, even in your flower box. Just be careful not to douse your plants, because peppermint oil is too strong to spray directly on them.
Castile soap is pure, safe, economical and versatile too!