Lately, all of my environmental and health-conscious friends have been raving about Castile soap. Before that, I would see it in various stores and figured it was some fancy dishwashing liquid (silly me for not reading the label).
Turns out, Castile soap has become a household staple for environmental and health-conscious consumers everywhere. If you’ve never used this soap before, keep reading. By the end of this post, you will be on your way to the Target to grab a bottle for your home.
What is Castile soap?
Castile liquid and bar soaps are both multi-purpose soaps and are all vegetable oil-based. It is also gluten-free and they do not contain any common allergens such as soy or nuts–just what the doctor ordered. In earlier centuries, an all-vegetable-based soap was made in the Castile region of Spain from local olive oil. By the turn of this century, “Castile” had come to mean any vegetable oil-based soap, as distinct from animal (tallow) fat-based soap.
16 Genius Ways to Use It
You can use Castile soaps for about 18+ things:
- Washing your face
- Washing your hair
- Brushing your teeth
- Rinsing fruit
- Washing dishes (by hand)
- Mopping floors
- Washing windows
- Scrubbing toilets
- Washing pets
- Controlling dust mites
- Controlling bugs
For all body applications, they are entirely interchangeable – from washing face, hair, or body, or shaving. For around the house purposes, you would dilute the soaps in water before using them in a spray bottle solution, but they are equally effective. Also, the bar soap can be grated to achieve a kind of powdered soap for laundry, although the liquid works just as well. Unbelievable right?
Where can you buy Castile soaps?
Have you tried it? What do you think?