What if I told you that there is one single product that you can buy that would serve at least 13 different purposes in the home? It is all natural, so it’s safe for children and animals. It doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, and you can order it off Amazon or pick it up at your local grocery store. Do you think I’d have you interested?
Well, I am here to tell you that all of that is possible. It’s called Castile Soap.
Castile Soap is not a new phenomenon. The first traces of it date back all the way to the time of the Crusaders in the 11th century. The ingredients were as simple then as they are now. The main component of this soap has always been a a plan. An impure form of sodium carbonate obtained from the halophyte plant which was then boiled with a vegetable based oil, most often olive oil. During the boiling process, the impurities would boil out, and they would simply skim them off the surface. This was the first pure white soap they ever made, and continues to stand as one of the best natural and biodegradable soaps of all time.
Over the course of this New Year, I have been intentionally making decisions that remove excess and improve the quality and health of our home. One thing that has always been on my list for a “natural home,” has been all-natural cleaning products and beauty products. I strongly believe that making small changes and decisions now will ultimately lead to long term benefits in the future.
Especially with products that we are putting on our bodies, I have felt very strongly about choosing wisely on what we use. Our bodies are amazing things, and they were created to naturally fix and restore themselves. However, over time, because of the chemicals and impurities that we have put on and in them, they have begun to rely on outside sources. My face now needs moisturizer in order to not be dry. By hair has to be washed daily in order to not be greasy. In an attempt to let my body work at it’s max potential, I want to put the least invasive things on and in it during that transition.
With all of that being said, replacing all of our products in the home with all-natural products is not cheap. Between disenfectant, windex, shampoo, face wash, laundry detergent, etc the list goes on and on.
Enter Castile Soap.
Here is a short list of some of the different uses of Castile Soap:
- Face wash
- Body wash
- Hand soap
- Dish soap
- Laundry detergent
- Window wash
- Mopping the floors
- Anti-bacterial wash
- Toilet cleaner
- Dog wash
- Killing ants
- Controlling dust mites
- Vegetable wash
Quite literally, the list could go on and on. Anything you could need cleaned or washed in your home, you can do it with Castile Soap. * As with everything, there are the true and pure products and the ones that only market themselves to be. Dr. Bronner’s is one of the leading brands of Castile Soap that has been making it the right way for 150 years. This is the brand that I use and highly recommend.
Now, obviously, you would not want as strong of a concentrate on your face as you would want on your floors, so there are different “recipes” for every use. Here is a list from Dr. Bronner’s website of the dilution recipes and how to be sure you are creating the right formula.
I have not always been one to have great skin. It wasn’t till my college years when I started to struggle with it, but I guess you can say I was a late bloomer. I tried all different kinds of face wash, and even tried medication once, but my skin just didn’t respond. This year I started using Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap, and I have seen tremendous improvements. My skin is clearer, and feels so much softer than before. We have started using it as antibacterial, and laundry detergent, and I have nothing but good things to say.
Last week we got Shiloh some Mega Blocks from the thrift store. We got a bowl of warm water, added a few drops of Castile Soap (because a little goes a long way), and washed the blocks. It was so fun to spend that time with Shiloh, but also it was so comforting to know that it was safe for her, and that there are ways that she can help me clean, wash, etc. and it be safe for her sensitive skin.
This is one of those decisions that, with a little bit of research, we can save a lot, cut out the excess in our homes, and feel confident in the choice we are making for our family. This is one of those that is a no brainer, so why wouldn’t we do it?
I would love to hear if you use Castile Soap, and if so for what? There are so many different opportunities with it, and I know I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface.
Photography by Samantha Brooks.