What Exactly is Castile Soap?

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).

It 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 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 an animal (tallow) fat-based soap.

16 Genius Ways to Use It
You can use Castile soaps for about 16+ things:

Washing your face
Washing your hair
Bathing
Shaving
Brushing your teeth
Rinsing fruit
Aromatherapy
Washing dishes (by hand)
Laundry
Mopping floors
Cleaning
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 valid. Also, the bar soap can be grated to achieve a kind of powdered detergent for laundry, although the liquid works just as well. Unbelievable right?

Where can you buy Castile soaps?

I’ve seen Castile soaps in Target, TJ Maxx, and Walmart.

Have you tried it? What do you think?

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