An important part of having a natural home is using therapeutic clean products to clean it. Using natural cleaning products will help you save money, time, space, eliminate product clutter and reduce your chemical exposure. If you are a tree hugger and are environmental and budget conscious like me, I think you will love Dr. Bronner's Castile Liquid Soaps as much as I do for virtually all your cleaning needs.
Why Dr. Bronners Castile Soaps?
Dr. Bronner’s soaps are fair trade and made with organic vegetable castille soap and pure organic oils. In 2006, Dr. Bronner’s committed to sourcing our major raw materials from certified Fair Trade and organic projects around the world that ensure fair prices, living wages and community benefits for farmers, workers and their families. Now, when you purchase Dr. Bronner’s products, you are supporting these more just and vibrant producer communities around the world. (Source)
History of Dr. Bronners Castile Soaps
Emmanuel Bronner emigrated to the US from Germany in 1929. He was born into the Heilbronner family of long time soap makers. His parents were killed in the Holocaust, after refusing to emigrate with him. Despite, or perhaps because of, this tragedy, Bronner infused his work with moral aphorisms taken from varied Jewish, Christian and other sources. It’s all printed in tiny print on his iconic bottle labels. (Source) Read more on the unique fonts and labels on the bottles here.
Here is an interesting timeline on the transformation and evolution of this soap.
Self-Care and Body Uses:
- Face: Use 2 drops on wet wash cloth or wet hands, applied to wet face and wash as usual.
- Body Wash: Use 1-3 small squirts on a wet washcloth, wash as usual. Love this, it works into a nice lather!
- Hair: I love the bar soap for my hair. Otherwise for the liquid use ½ Tbsp. in your hand, worked into wet hair, or dilute ½ Tbsp. in ½ a cup of water and work that into wet hair. Note, if you do not dilute enough, it will leave the hair a little oily.
- Bath: Squirt 2 squirts in the tub with running water.
- Baby Wash: I recommend using the sensitive skin formula so it is gentle and scent-free. A couple of drops on wash cloth with water and wash as normal. Avoid eyes.
- Shaving Cream: Ditch the expensive shaving creams- this lathers so well! 2-3 drops, work into a lather in wet hands or wet wash cloth and then apply to area and shave.
- Teeth: 1 drop on a toothbrush with water. Peppermint flavor Dr. Bronners is the best and yes it will taste like soap.
- Foot Bath: 1 ½ tsp. in a small tub of hot water, then soak.
Cleaning and Household uses:
- Dishes: Pre-dilute 1:10 with water, then squirt on a scrub brush and scrub dishes. This only works when hand washing dishes, and not in a dishwasher.
- Laundry: Use 1/3 – 1/2 cup of soap for a large load in a normal washer. It is also recommended combining with a cup of baking soda or Borax and diluting with water. Use half of these amounts for High Efficiency machines.
- Mopping: ½ c. of soap in 3 gallons of hot water and mop away. I also squirt a few drops in a cleaning rag with hot water and just wash the floors – wood, tile, etc.
- Wood inside the home (tables, cupboards, trim, etc…): I squirt a few drops in a microfiber cloth with hot water and just wash.
- All-purpose cleaning: ¼ c. soap in a quart of water in a spray bottle. Add ¼ tsp. tea tree essential oil if desired.
- Windows: 1 Tbsp. soap in a quart of water in a spray bottle. Also add half vinegar/ half water.
- Toilet: Predilute 1:4 with water in a squirt bottle. Add ¼ tsp. tea tree oil. Empty toilet (turning the knob in the back), squirt bowl thoroughly, sprinkle baking soda on the brush, scrub bowl, let sit 10 minutes, turn water on, flush. Toilet bowls will literally shine.
- Tub Cleaning: 1/2 cup of soap squirted in tub and wash/scrub with water. The best part is that it leaves a clean shine that helps grim from sticking in the tub in the future!
- Sink: Add a squirt to the sink with water and clean.
- Fridge: Add a squirt to your microfiber towel with some water. This washes shelves and fridge sides wonderfully!
- Mix ¼ cup liquid Castile soap with hot water in a bucket (fill almost to the top). Rub a generous amount of the solution on your car’s exterior, windshield, hubcaps, and tires with a large sponge, then thoroughly hose it off.
- With all the other cleaning tips above you can then clean the car windows, mirrors and wipe down the vinyl upholstery.
- Those of us who have pools, know how pricey it gets, especially with all the accessories that make having a pool extra fun! I spend about $15-25 on rafts, only to find them with film on them that you cannot clean off, then they wind up getting thrown out. Until now ..! I use my Dr. Bronners soap on the rafts at the beginning of the season and at the end and it keep my rafts super clean, shiny and no sun burnt residue on them. Look at that shine!
- Pool ladder
- Pool deck (top of pool)
- Pool steps
- Fruit and Veggie Rinse: 1 dash (approx.. ¼ tsp.) in a bowl of water. Dunk produce and swish. Then rinse in clean water.
- Dog washing: Amount varies widely depending on size, hair type and length, and overall dirtiness. Wet your dog thoroughly, then start to work in castile soap up and down their body until you have a good lather. Really massage it in down to the skin – head to tail, then be sure to rinse well.
- Dog skunked: may need to use a little more for bathing, but this works great. Lather and rinse well, you may need to bath two times to de-skunk.
- Dog allergies: I've successfully used this for bathing in conjunction with anti-inflammatory supplements for my dog when he got into some weeds and acutely developed an allergic reaction. Swelling and itching went away fast.
- Add 1 tablespoon of Dr. Bronner’s peppermint scented liquid soap to a ½ gallon of water. Spray on plants to kill aphids and other pests.
- Plant spray for bugs: 1 Tbsp. in a quart of water. Add ½ tsp. cayenne pepper or cinnamon, if desired.
- Ant and other bugs spray: ¼ c. Dr. Bronners tea tree soap in a quart of water, mix then place in sprayer bottle. Do not use directly on plants, this is not diluted enough.
Where to Find Dr. Bronners Natural Soaps:
Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile soap comes in several all-natural scents, including: Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree Oil, Almond, Citrus, Lavender and Rose. For those with sensitive skin and for babies, it also comes in an unscented Baby Mild formula; find them all here.
For those wanting a price break on a larger bottle, click here.
For cleaning, I highly recommend microfiber towels. I love them, they absorb and clean so well and they are environmentally friendly. Find them here.