You only need 2 ingredients to clean your body and home naturally and inexpensively. One ingredient is water and the other is….castile soap. Learn how to use castile soap for all your cleaning needs.
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Avoiding toxins can be a daunting, and often overwhelming process. I started down the toxin-free road by ensuring that the food I put into my body was unprocessed, organic, and in its most natural state.
Where the Toxins Lurk
Once I got food under control, then I looked around at the other ways chemicals can get into our system. I’ve talked about the toxins in our pots and pans, as well as in plastic bottles and storage containers. Sadly these chemicals can run rampant, but with a little education and some responsible purchasing, you can keep an eco-friendly kitchen.
Skin care products get absorbed into our blood stream, so we definitely want to be careful about what we’re putting on our bodies (read more here).
And of course there are cleaning products that can be laced with chemicals that can cause issues in our body when we come in contact with them. And coming in contact can be as simple as breathing.
It can be overwhelming when you think about the toxic burden our bodies are exposed to everywhere we turn. I always recommend breaking big problems down into manageable pieces to tackle it. You can start with food before moving to skin and then household cleaners.
The Natural and Inexpensive Quick Fix
If you’re ready for a fast and easy way to remove toxins from your life, I’ve got a super quick fix. You can start cleaning your body and home naturally and inexpensively with just 2 ingredients.
Yes, 2 ingredients. And 1 of those ingredients is water. The other is Castile soap.
Castile Soap is the Eco-Friendly Answer
Now my natural green friends will say, yes of course, you should use Castile soap. We’ve been doing it for years. Duh.
I know I have other friends who are still working on learning the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen eating ingredients, and are too overwhelmed to begin the journey outside of the fridge. So I want to give you a leg up and say, for an inexpensive, natural, all-purpose cleaner, you want to get yourself some Castile soap.
This is one of the easiest, eco-friendly’s home hacks that you can do today. If you’re already sold and ready to jump in, I’d recommend Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile soap that you can buy on Amazon or at many grocery stores.
If you’d like to learn more, read on.
Why Castile Soap?
Castile soap is a natural, chemical-free cleaner. It’s a vegetable oil based soap, unlike others that can include animal fat like goat milk or tallow. You usually find coconut oil, olive oil, palm oil, and hemp oil in Castile soap, but other oils can also be used.
These oils do allow for lathering and moisturizing, and of course cleaning as well. So yeah, you can check the box that Castile has all the essential ingredients that you want in a good soap. The Environmental Working Group also gives Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile soap a top rating in their Skin Deep database.
How to Use Castile Soap
But wait, there’s more. Castile soap has sooooo many uses. Here are just a few ways you can use toxin free Castile soap:
Fruit and Vegetable Cleaner
Counter and Tub Cleaner
Cosmetic Brush Cleaner
So you can pretty much use Castile soap to clean everything. The only thing you need to do before you use it is to dilute it. The amount you want to dilute with water depends on your use. Dr. Bronner’s has a nice cheat sheet on some of the best dilution levels.
How NOT to Use Castile Soap
The only thing you don’t want to do with Castile soap is to combine it with lemon juice or vinegar. The acid will basically cancel out the soap’s cleansing properties, so just stick to adding water to it. You can also add essential oils if you’re looking for some natural fragrance.
And for folks who color their hair, it’s best not to use Castile soap as a shampoo. You may end up with highlights that you don’t want.
There are many different Castile soaps on the market. Dr. Bronner’s is one of the biggest names in the Castile soap category, but there are others as well. Just be sure to pick one with the least amount of ingredients, and no additives.