Many Uses of Castile Soap

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From the 1500’s until around WWII, most soap was “All Purpose”- the same bar of soap that was used for bathing was used for all other cleaning purposes. In order to help differentiate their products, soapmakers started making soaps with differetn raw materials, scents, etc.  With the exception of detergents, all these products were essentially the same, and worked equally well.

Since the invention of detergents in 1943, cleaning products have become more and chemically intensive, but for most cleaning situations, Castile soap will perform equally well, and is very cost effective, and eliminates the need for countless individual cleaners. 

One gallon of Castile soap will easily last 6 months to a year, and its uses are only limited by your ability to get things dirty! Oregon Soap Company makes Castile Soap using raw materials from sustainably managed, certified organic farms, which not only makes your home greener, but supports sustainability efforts globally.

1.  Easy Shampoo- Take one part liquid Castile soap and three parts water and put in an old shampoo bottle. You can “customize” your shampoo (this is a great project to do with kids!) by collecting fragrant herbs and plants from your yard, steeping them in the water, straining the water, and then adding to liquid Castile soap.  You can make an extra moisturizing formula that will add shine to your hair by adding a small amount of olive oil or jojoba oil to this mixture (shake before using!).You can also add essential oils if you like for additional aroma. Start off with 6 drops per 12 oz., and increase until you are happy. Great for dogs as well!

2.     All-purpose household cleaning- Oregon Soap Company Castile soap works great for general household cleaning including counter tops, tables, sinks, floors and dishes. For counters, and dishes a small amount on a wet sponge will go a long way. For floors, add a few tablespoons to your bucket of mop water. Try adding 1-5 parts water and 1 part liquid Castile soap to a spray bottle for easy spot cleaning. Experiment until you find the perfect balance!

3.     Laundry Soap- Using Castile soap for laundry not only saves $, but is more environmentally friendly than detergents. Try adding 1/8-cup liquid Castile soap in your laundry instead of regular detergent. Try adding borax if you need “extra” cleaning power.  If you’re really budgeting, try using less, especially if your clothes don’t contain lots of dirt or grease.

4.     Hand Soap- you can refill your foaming hand soap dispenser with 1 part liquid Castile soap and 3-5 parts water. This will stretch your Castile soap a long ways.

5.     Automatic dishwasher soap- automatic dishwasher detergents are hard to come by, but a Green Living Tips reader, Kathy Stevens, contributed this recipe (Thanks Kathy!):


1/2 cup liquid Castile soap

1/2 cup water

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

3 drops tea tree oil

1/2 cup white vinegar


Stir all ingredients together until blended. Store in a squirt top bottle. Use 2 tablespoons per load of dishes, shake well before use.

6.     Cleaning your eyeglasses!  Take 1 part Castile soap, 4 parts water, mix and store in bottle. To clean your glasses, first rinse all dirt and dust off with tap water, put a small amount of soap on your glasses, suds, rinse with water, and dry with eyeglass cloth.

Simplify your life, green your home, and feel better about cleaning-

give Oregon Soap Company Castile soap a try!

"Thanks to llian Downey , a contributing editor from, from which we paraphrased parts of her article on uses for Castile Soap".