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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:

1. Use a Castile soap dilution to make washable, reusable cleaning cloths.

Here's how. And if you hate adding more to your laundry pile, you can make them with paper towels instead.
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Here's how. And if you hate adding more to your laundry pile, you can make them with paper towels instead.

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.

3. Wash your dishes with a 1 cup : 3 tablespoons ratio of soap-to-water.

It won't be antibacterial, but it will be bubbly, and cheaper per fluid ounce than a brand new bottle of dish soap. Here's how to make a handy batch.
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It won't be antibacterial, but it will be bubbly, and cheaper per fluid ounce than a brand new bottle of dish soap. Here's how to make a handy batch.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

7. Shine old pans by pouring a few drops of the undiluted soap directly on the surface.

One ingredient, lots of scrubbing, but *shiny* pans. From here.
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One ingredient, lots of scrubbing, but *shiny* pans. From here.

8. Power up your off-brand Magic Eraser game.

Magic Erasers are actually made of Melamine foam, so if buying the brand strains your budget, you can use the generic foam with a homemade cleaner.
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Magic Erasers are actually made of Melamine foam, so if buying the brand strains your budget, you can use the generic foam with a homemade cleaner.

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

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.
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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.

10. Or make a Borax-free version using solid bars of Castile soap.

Here is the formula, and here are some solid Castile soaps. it might not be quite the stain-fighter that the Borax version is, though.
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Here is the formula, and here are some solid Castile soaps. it might not be quite the stain-fighter that the Borax version is, though.

11. Side note: if you have a bar of Castile but need it in liquid form, you can transform it.

No stove-top soap melting required. Here's how.
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No stove-top soap melting required. Here's how.

12. Pre-treat your laundry stains with this non-toxic DIY stain remover.

But as the creator of this formula rightly notes, it will take more time and effort to have the same effect that a store-bought cleaner would.
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But as the creator of this formula rightly notes, it will take more time and effort to have the same effect that a store-bought cleaner would.

13. Or melt down some solid soaps to make your own stain stick.

Although it does require you to melt soaps together, so it's a little higher effort. Here's the tutorial.
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Although it does require you to melt soaps together, so it's a little higher effort. Here's the tutorial.

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.
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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.

15. Clean your toilet bowl with a very similar recipe.

Hey, if it works! From here. And if you're using the tub scrub, you'll conveniently already have the ingredients you need to clean your toilet.

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.
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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.
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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.

18. Drip a little bit of the soap into a small dish to clean your makeup brushes.

Then rinse the brushes with tap water: here are the complete instructions.
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Then rinse the brushes with tap water: here are the complete instructions.

19. Remove eye makeup by mixing it with with a little jojoba oil.

You could also use olive oil instead of jojoba, if that's what you have around. Shake before every use. Here's the recipe.
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You could also use olive oil instead of jojoba, if that's what you have around. Shake before every use. Here's the recipe.

20. Make it easier to convince yourself to remove your eye makeup by pre-soaking cotton pads in the remover.

This formula uses witch hazel.

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.
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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!)

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.
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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.

23. And this recipe substitutes avocado oil for jojoba oil.

Get it here.

24. Dilute a few drops of it with water (and ONLY water) to clean your vulva.

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Go here for more info.

25. Shave with a whipped combination of coconut oil, shea butter, olive oil, and (drumroll) Castile soap.

It looks luscious, but don't eat it. It's great if normal shave creams irritate your skin. Here's the tutorial.

26. While you have your electric mixer out, whip up some coconut oil body wash.

This recipe uses just two ingredients and will make you smell like the beach of your dreams.

27. Boil unflavored gelatin with a little water, then combine with your soap to make kid-friendly jelly soap.

But again...these aren't edible. Here's the tutorial.
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But again...these aren't edible. Here's the tutorial.

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.
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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.

29. Relax at the end of the day with this DIY Peppermint Foot Scrub.

Smells good and makes your feet softer. Get the recipe.
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Smells good and makes your feet softer. Get the recipe.

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