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Here's How To Use Castile Soap To Clean Everything In Your House

Including yourself.

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Castile soap is traditionally made with a base of olive oil and water.

Some brands also add in coconut, jojoba, hemp, or other vegetable oils, in addition to sodium hydroxide.

So, what makes castile soap different from other types of store-bought soap? For one: It's vegan. (Traditional soaps are sometimes made with animal oils and fats or artificial detergents, instead of vegetable oils.) Castile soap is also extra concentrated — meaning you only have to use a little bit each time you clean, and each bottle should last you a while.

Castile soap is also extremely multi-functional. Here's how to make your own, and here's how to use it on just about everything:


2. Extract carpet stains by mixing Castile soap with some hydrogen peroxide.

You can either pour it directly on the stain or use a spray bottle. But know that it will take longer to get all the soap out of your carpet if you pour it. You will also need to be ready to scrub. Here's how to make it.

4. Replace your Pine Sol with a rosemary-pine scented all purpose cleaner.

Just imagine how amazing that would smell (you could also customize your own scent if you, say, really love lavender). Here's how to make it, and here's a basic spray bottle.

5. Add a little vodka into that basic formula and you have yourself a disinfecting stone countertop spray.

Rubbing alcohol also works if you prefer to save your vodka for drinking. This is the sort of DIY that can be cheaper and greener than a store-bought countertop spray, plus you can customize your scent with essential oils. Here's the recipe.

One important note: Don't try this with vinegar.


6. Dust your wood furniture with by adding a little bit of olive oil to the water-soap combo.

This recipe's combination of orange, cedar wood and lemon essential oils will keep you looking for more furniture to dust just so you can make more things smell good. It isn't antibacterial, but it doesn't contain any of the less than great ingredients that show up in traditional wood cleaners.

9. DIY your laundry detergent with Borax, washing soda, and Castile soap.

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This recipe is very concentrated, so you won't need too much per load. Also great: this particular formula won't take too long to make. The biggest downside is that it does use Borax, an ingredient that has caused some debate.


14. Scrub the side of your tub by mixing the soap with water and baking soda.

You'll need a very high ratio of baking soda to liquid for this to work. Here's how to make it. Just remember to rinse the tub out afterward! And if your tile looks spotty after rinsing, wipe it down with a 1 part vinegar : 1 part water solution.

16. Use it in a gentle-but-effective four-part oven cleaner.

It takes time and effort, but your oven will be shiny again. Start by preheating the oven to 300 degrees, but make sure to turn it off before you spray it with water (it can still be warm) and be careful not to burn yourself. Here's the full tutorial.


17. Replace your kitchen hand soap with a DIY citrusy blend, and your bathroom hand soap with a DIY lavender blend.

Make sure to use distilled water. The tutorial even features these pretty printable labels, and will be sooooo much cheaper than buying fancy pants hand soap.


21. Once your makeup's off, mix up a bottle of your own face cleanser.

Make sure you find an aloe gel that isn't bright green, and is ideally more pourable, and less "gel"-ish. Here's the recipe. Making your own cleanser means you skip some harmful ingredients that might be hiding in your other soaps.

22. This recipe uses a little bit of honey (and a really pretty bottle!)

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Here's the recipe, which uses raw honey, distilled water, and jojoba oil. But remember to patch test any new face wash. And here's a bit more info about using honey on your face.


28. Shampoo with a mixture of EVOO, coconut milk, essential oil, and you-know-what.

Here's how to make it. If you do shampoo with Castile soap, though, you should follow up with a vinegar hair rinse to keep your hair soft (here are a few recipes). Also: Castile soap can fade hair dye, so don't use this recipe if you love your pastel braids.