Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap is a staple for those looking to make their own natural products. It works well especially when it comes to cleaning, but it also has a variety of personal and outdoor uses.
The soaps come in a variety of scents like lavender, tea tree, citrus and more. There are also unscented and mild versions suitable for sensitive skin.
We did research and asked our Facebook fans about the various uses of Dr. Bronner’s, and here’s what we found.
While there are dozens if not hundreds of uses, here are the most popular ones we found, as well as three DIY recipes:
Top 20 Uses for Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap
Personal Uses for Castile Soap:
2Face Wash: Add two or three drops to wet hands, and wash face as normal.
3Shampoo: Put half a tablespoon in your hand and work into damp hair. Follow up with a conditioner to detangle. One Facebook fan said she always uses the peppermint scent for this as it helps invigorate the scalp.
5Shaving Cream: Work a few drops of the soap into a lather, shave and rinse when done. Use approximately 10 drops for the face, three drops for underarms and a teaspoon for legs.
6Clearing Congestion: Add one tablespoon into a bowl of steaming hot water. Drape a towel over your head and breathe in the mist. The peppermint scent works especially well.
8After-shave: Add one or two drops in a spray bottle with 4.2 ounces of distilled water. Peppermint, eucalyptus and tea tree work well. For sensitive skin, use the Baby Mild version.
Household Uses for Castile Soap:
9Washing Dishes: Add ten parts water to one part soap, and squirt the mix onto a scrub brush. Note: This will not work in a dishwasher.
10Laundry: Use 1/3 to 1/2 cup soap for a large load in the washer. You may also mix with a cup of baking soda or Borax and dilute with water. One Facebook fan said the lavender scent works well. Another said it also works well as a pre-treatment for stains.
11Mopping Floors: Pour 1/2 cup into three gallons of hot water.
12Cleaning Windows: Add a tablespoon of soap and a quart of water into a spray bottle. Follow up with pure club soda or half vinegar/half water to prevent streaking.
13Multi-purpose Spray: Pour 1/4 cup of soap into a quart of water in a spray bottle. One Facebook fan said this also works well as a bathtub cleaner.
15Glass Cleaner: Mix two teaspoons, half a cup of white vinegar and two cups of distilled warm water. You may also add a few drops of tea tree essential oil. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Shake and spray onto your windows, and clean with newspaper for a streak-free finish.
16Non-toxic Toilet Cleaner: Mix 1/4 cup with 1 3/4 cup of water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Also add 8-10 drops of essential oils. Pour all ingredients in a 16 oz or larger squirt bottle, and shake to mix. Squirt in the toilet bowl, and use a brush to scrub it clean.
Outdoor Uses for Castile Soap:
18Washing Dogs: Wet your dog, and work the soap up and down until there’s a good lather. The amount of soap varies depending on the size of the dog, hair type/length and dirtiness. Rinse.
19Ant Spray: Add 1/4 cup of tea tree soap to a quart of water and stir to mix. Spray indoors or outdoors, wherever ants are accumulating. Do not use on plants, as this concentration will burn plants!
20Cleaning Cars: One Facebook fan said it takes bugs and tar off her car with no scrubbing.
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DIY Dr. Bronner's Recipes:
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 1/3 cup Dr. Bronner’s
- 1 tsp vitamin E, olive or almond oil
- 10-20 drops of essential oil
- 1 old t-shirt
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 tbsp Dr. Bronner’s
- 5-10 drops of essential oil
- 1 jar with a tight-fitting lid
Cut the old t-shirt into rag-size cloths. Mix water, soap and essential oil into the jar. Place rags into the jar and close the lid. Soak the rags by turning the jar upside down a few times with the lid on. After, wash the cloths and return them to the jar for multiple uses.
- 1 empty foaming soap container
- 2 tbsp unscented Dr. Bronner’s
- 1-2 tsp fractionated coconut oil
- 10-15 drops of essential oils
Pour castile soap and fractionated coconut oil into bottle. Add essential oils. Fill the rest of the way with water, leaving room for the foaming pump. Screw on the pump top and swirl the container a few times.
Have you tried using Dr. Bronner’s soaps?
If so, what’s your favorite scent, and how do you use it?