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Castile soap can be used for so many things! Washing your face, body, hair, rinsing fruit, doing laundry and cleaning windows are just a few of the uses. Here are a few of my favorite uses and some suggestions on how to create your own products using Castile soap. Cold process soap is very different compared to soap made from surfactants. Cold process soap is made with natural oils and produces lather naturally. Lather from most store bought soaps come from surfactants or detergents. Synthetic surfactants are harsher on the skin, and can strip the skin of moisture. That’s why cold process soap is so fantastic for sensitive skin, and why soap from the store can leave the skin feeling dry and overly “squeaky clean.
Castile Soap for the Home
1. Homemade Dish Soap
Castile soap makes a great dish soap. It’s all-natural, which means no chemicals on your hands or dishes. Just replace your regular store-bought dish soap with Castile soap and few drops will take care of those dirty dishes.
2. Homemade Laundry Detergent
You can have a pure laundry detergent in no time. What is great about this is that your clothes will likely last longer since they will not be exposed to harsh chemicals, and you can avoid irritation of the skin from avoiding heavy dyes and perfumes among other ingredients that are often found in the store bought versions.
I created a homemade laundry soap with Castile soap, and you can also try this one:
Combine 1 cup of liquid Castile soap, 3/4 cup of baking soda, 2 1/4 cups of warm water and 1/4 cup of finely grated sea salt. Dissolve the baking soda and salt into 2 cups of warm water. Pour into a gallon container and add the liquid castile soap. Fill to the top with water. You can use about 1/4 of a cup per load making this recipe worth about 64 loads! Can’t beat that.
3. Homemade Dishwasher Soap
If you can wash the dishes by hand with it, you can make your own soap for the dishwasher, too. I like to make a citrus version, as it not only smells amazing but lemon is a great antibacterial and antifungal agent. Just mix 8 ounces of Castile soap with 1 cup of water and 3 teaspoons of lemon juice and shake gently.
To use, add 1 tablespoon of the above mixture into the “open” compartment of your dishwasher and add 1 cup of white vinegar to the “closed” compartment. If you have hard water, add a little more vinegar.
4. DIY All-Purpose Household Cleaner
Using a spray bottle, fill it a quarter of the way up with white vinegar, fill it with water, then add just a squirt of liquid Castile soap, a few drops of tea tree essential oil and a few drops of orange or lemon essential oil. This makes for a safe and effective household cleaner.
5. Homemade Glass Cleaner
Mix half a cup of white vinegar, 2 teaspoons of liquid Castile soap, and 2 cups of distilled warm water into a spray bottle. You can add a few drops of tea tree and lemon essential oil to the mixture to make it a bit more effective. Blend well by giving it a good shake and spray onto your windows. Use newspaper to clean it, leaving it streak-free.
6. Homemade Tub Scrub
Fill a spray bottle with 1/3 Castile soap and 2/3 water. Spread baking soda liberally around the bath and spray the Castile soap mixture on top of it. Scrub with a scouring pad or scrub brush for a squeaky clean tub.
Castile Soap for the Body
7. Homemade Face Wash
Using a foaming dispenser, add 1/4 cup of liquid Castile soap and fill it to the top with distilled water. Add 5 drops each of tea tree and frankincense essential oils. Both oils help fight bacteria and can reduce acne.
8. Homemade Shampoo
You can avoid those pricey, surprisingly toxic shampoos, most of which are filled with chemicals that can cause lots of problems for your hair in the long term. Making your own shampoo with Castile soap is very easy. Simply mix together 7 tablespoons of Castile soap with 6 teaspoons of coconut milk and ½ teaspoon of coconut oil. This will make about 7 applications. It will store best in the fridge for a about a week.
9. Homemade Hand Soap
Fill a foaming soap dispenser with 3/4 boiled or distilled water and ¼ liquid Castile soap. You can add 5 drops of tea tree essential oil for its antibacterial properties and lavender oil for its fragrant and relaxing scent.
10. Castile for Shaving
For your face, use about 10 drops; for the underarms, 3 drops should do the trick and for the legs use about a ½ teaspoon. Simply work into a lather in wet hands and then apply to area. You can add olive oil to the mix for some added moisturizing while shaving.
11. Castile for Your Teeth
Put 1 drop of Castile soap and a small dollop of coconut oil on your toothbrush and brush as normal. Just like your toothpaste, do not swallow. It will taste like soap but has amazing cleansing and antibacterial properties!
12. Castile Soap Foot Bath
Use about 1–½ tsp of Castile soap in a small tub of hot water and allow the feet to soak for 10–20 minutes. Add a few drops of tea tree essential oil and lavender essential oil for added benefits.
13. Clearing Congestion
Castile can even help with congestion! Put 1 tablespoon in a bowl of steamy hot water. Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil and peppermint essential oil. Breathe in the mist with a towel draped over the head. Be careful as steam can burn your skin.
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As noted, the most popular brand of Castile soap is the Dr. Bronner’s variety but there are other brands available. Make sure to take the time to read the ingredients to ensure that it is made from pure, recognizable ingredients.
A cautionary Note
Castile soap is amazing for most cleansing needs; however, when it comes to certain injuries, it may be best to use a saline solution. Your doctor will know best should you be in a situation that requires this type of cleansing, but I want to share a study that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, that shows that patients who had their open fractures washed with saline fared better than those whose wounds were washed with soap.
This research, led by Mohit Bhandari, MD, PhD, at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, found that patients who had their wounds washed with sterile Castile soap at the start of surgery were 32 percent more likely to need a second surgery than those whose injuries were washed with sterile saline. The clinical trial involved nearly 2,500 patients who were followed for a year at dozens of clinical centers.
By Dr. Axe
Beeswax Uses and Benefits
The use of beeswax may be as old as history itself. From the earliest known example of therapeutic dentistry, dating back over 6,000 years ago, to modern uses which include fine candle making, skin care, and providing a protective coating for fine cheeses. Research even suggests that cosmetic and medicinal uses of beeswax may be superior to petroleum-based products. (See below)
The History of Beeswax
The known history of mankind’s use of beeswax dates back to Neolithic Europe. In order to reduce pain and sensitivity in a cracked tooth, beeswax was used as a therapeutic dental filling. Beeswax was also ancient humans’ first plastic. Written historical evidence, of the use of beeswax, dates back to the ancient Egyptians who wrote of beautiful Cleopatra’s use of it in her cosmetics and bath soap. More recently, physicians also recommended it for various therapeutic properties and it was applied to treat a number of ailments. Beeswax was also an important part of composite balms used in dressings after surgery.
Benefits and Uses of Beeswax
Beeswax has been found naturally useful in medicine, cosmetics, food and even art. To those who appreciate a safer, more natural environment, it provides many different uses.
A healthy Environment
Beeswax candles are naturally scented with the aroma of honey. This is highly desirable for those who suffer with asthma or is allergic or sensitive to smells. Pure beeswax candles as emit little (if any) smoke when they burn – keeping your home cleaner and more comfortable. Besides the smoke, these candles burn with little or no wax drip making them last longer. Recent studies suggest that burning beeswax candles can actually purify the air by releasing negative ions removing impurities from the air we breathe.
Natural Skin Care
By itself, beeswax locks in moisture, fosters cells and protects skin. With its amazing ability to work with in concert with multiple ingredients, beeswax can be utilized to benefit and beautify the entire body. With anti-bacterial properties and vitamin A, it aids in natural healing and cell development without clogging pores. With its water repelling properties, beeswax sustains sunscreen action.
Research on Beeswax
Studies continually show that yellow and white beeswax offers no toxicological concerns, even when ingested (in small amounts). Many commercial beekeepers prefer to chew beeswax honeycombs to traditional chewing gum. Beeswax acts as an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiallergenic and a germicidal antioxidant. A study by German scientists, “Efficacy of barrier creams in comparison to skin care products in dental laboratory technicians – a controlled trial,” (translation) from the Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft found that, “…The results demonstrate that the use of after work moisturizers is highly beneficial and under the chosen study conditions even superior to barrier creams applied at work. This approach is more practical for many professions and may effectively reduce the frequency of irritant contact dermatitis.”
- Add to your lotions to add skin protective properties
- Add to your lip balm (as recommended by the Mayo Clinic) to provide greater permanence and elasticity.
- Use in candle making for a brighter, healthier home