This post was written while serving as a paid brand ambassador for Earth Mama Angel Baby. All opinions are mine.
When first exploring a journey towards natural living, one of the first products people hear about is Castile Soap. In fact, Castile Soap was the very first natural change we made in our home!
It’s a very easy switch to make, and as you delve deeper into your natural living journey, you’ll quickly realize how many uses there really are for castile soap. I am still discovering uses for castile soap all of the time.
Today, I want to share with you a recipe for homemade soft scrub as well at 12 other awesome uses for castile soap you can implement in your home today!
At first I was skeptical anything natural could get my shower clean. The girls did Big Messy Art the other day and were coated in paint. After they took a bath the entire tub was filled with colors of the rainbow from the paint that had washed off of them. I was blown away that this recipe cleaned the tub right up – sparkling clean!
I’m so happy to have a natural alternative to store bought Soft Scrub I can use now.
Homemade Soft Scrub Recipe
- 1 cup of baking soda
- 1/8 to 1/4 cup Earth Mama Castile Soap (any variety, I used Orange Vanilla)
- 3-5 drops of essential oil (I used orange, but lemon is good for cleaning)
- Start by putting the baking soda in a small mixing bowl and adding 1/8 cup of the Earth Mama Angel Baby Castile Soap.
- Stir, then continue adding more soap until it reaches your desired consistency
- Stir in the essential oil.
- Scrub your surfaces sparkling clean!
Here are 12 other awesome uses for castile soap!
1. Body Wash
Probably the most common use of castile soap is as a body wash. Castile soap makes a great gentile body wash. Since the Earth Mama castile soaps come with a foaming pump, they last for a long time.
2. Face Wash
I have been using the Earth Mama Calming Lavender soap as a face wash, and it works great for me (I have dry, sensitive skin). If you have acne prone skin, you can mix unscented castile soap with equal parts water and a few drops of tea tree oil in a foaming dispenser.
3. Foaming Hand Soap
I have been making my own foaming hand soap for a while, but with the Earth Mama castile soaps, you can even just use them straight out of the bottle and they work great!
4. All Purpose Cleaner
I often use citrus infused vinegar for cleaning around the house, but some jobs need something a little stronger. You can make your own all purpose cleaner for much cheaper than buying it by simply mixing ¼ cup pure castile soap with one quart of water and a few drops of essential oil in a spray bottle.
5. Mopping Floors
I have never liked the smell of convential floor cleaners. Pour 1/2 cup of castile soap into a full bucket of water (around 3 gallons). Mop as usual. Nature’s Nuture has another really great homemade floor cleaner recipe using castile soap that uses a few more ingredients.
6. Dish Soap
Run out of dish soap? You can whip up a quick batch by mixing castile soap and water in a 1:1 ratio. Use as you would any dish soap. If you have hard water, this may not work well for you.
7. Veggie Wash
Want to make sure your produce is squeaky clean? You can cleanse your produce by squirting about ¼ teaspoon of castile soap into a bowl of water. Put your produce into the water, then swish it around. Make sure to rinse your produce with clear water afterwards.
8. Carpet Cleaner
You can make a carpet cleaner that works for basic spills by combining 1/4 cup of castile soap and 1 cup of filtered water. Put this mixture into your blender and blend it until it makes a stiff foam. Apply this foamy mixture just like you would all other carpet cleaners.
9. Toilet Scrub
Finding an effective natural toilet scrub product has been a challenge. You can make your own by diluting castile soap with water in a 1:4 ratio and a few drops of tea tree oil in a squirt bottle. Turn off the toilet water, empty it and squirt the mixture throughout the bowl until it’s coated. Next, sprinkle baking soda onto your scrub brush. Thoroughly scour the bowl, allow it to rest for 10 minutes, then turn the toilet water back on and flush the toilet.
10. Bug Spray (Okay to Use on Plants)
If you need a natural solution to remove bugs from your plants, combine 1 tablespoon of castile soap with one quart of water and ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper or cinnamon. Spray on the bugs – this mixture shouldn’t harm most plants, but look up information on the types of plants you’ll be spraying first. It’s always a good idea to test a small patch first as well.
11. Ant Spray (Do Not Use on Plants)
You don’t need toxic chemicals to kill ants with castile soap will safely do the job. Fill an 8 ounce spray bottle with filtered water, then add 3 tablespoons of liquid castile soap and 10 drops of peppermint essential oil. Shake it before each use, and spray it directly on crawling bugs around the perimeter of your house. Do not spray plants or the peppermint oil will kill them. Speaking of which, this may also work as a weed killer!
12. Baby Wipes
If you want to make your own baby wipes, or hand wipes for messy meals, Earth Mama Angel Baby has this simple recipe on their site that uses just castile soap, water and Angel Baby Oil. You can also add a drop of a safe essential oil if your baby isn’t sensitive or if you’re using them for adults.
Read more about Earth Mama Angel Baby castile soaps on their website.