If you haven’t heard of castile soap before, you are going to want to buy some once you’re finished reading about it. Castile soap gets its tame from the Castile region of Spain, where the soap has been made for centuries. Modern day castile soap may not be made in the same region, but it contains much of the same ingredients.
Like its predecessors, modern castile soap is an all-natural soap made from vegetable oil, which means its free from the animal fats and synthetic detergents found in most commercially available soaps. Some brands add other plant oils, such as coconut or soybean oils. To make sure your castile soap is environmentally friendly and sustainable, check for vegan certified and fair trade certified brands. The best-known example is Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, which are available at Target.
While castile soap may not be magic, it comes close. This versatile soap can bee used as a body wash, hand soap, laundry soap, a general household cleaner, and more. It’s also safe to use on babies and pets because of its all-natural ingredients.
When using castile soap, there are a few things you need to remember. Unless diluted, liquid castile soap is very concentrated. You only need a few drops to clean your hands. When in doubt about how much to use, start with a small amount and add a few drops until you’re satisfied. You also shouldn’t mix castile soap with vinegar, ammonia, or any other household cleaner. The resulting product is often toxic. If it’s not toxic, the castile soap will break down into its original oils. Either way, you don’t want to clean with the results.
For an idea on how much you need to use, check out doTerra’s recipe for a natural Castile soap and lavender essential oil kids shampoo.