10 Frugal Household Uses for Castile Soap

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10 Frugal Household Uses for Castile Soap

I am part of the #EarthMama Blogger Ambassador Campaign in which I am a financially compensated blogger for Earth Mama Angel Baby.  All opinions are my own and based on my own experience.

I’ve seen recipes for homemade cleaners and laundry detergents using borax quite frequently. But I have also seen the controversy surrounding borax and its toxicity.  Borax is officially listed as a poison and those who use it are are advised to wear gloves and use caution.  The Environmental Working Group has an article titled, “Borax: Not the Green Alternative It’s Cracked Up to Be.”

Fortunately, as an Earth Mama Ambassador, I was given safe, non-toxic products to review and I was introduced to castile soap for the first time.  Earth Mama Organic Castile soaps are given a zero hazard rating by the Environmental Working Group.  You can safely wash yourself and your baby with castile soap.  Now, that is more like it!

EarthMama_BloggerBadgeCastile soap is a safe way to clean without worrying about toxins around you or your children.   It is very versatile and there are so many uses for it that it’s a great, frugal investment.  I highly recommend the Earth Mama Angel Baby Organic line of Castile soaps.  You can use them as a hand or body soap right out of the container or for one of the alternative uses below.

Here are 10 Household Uses for Castile Soap:


1.  Foaming Hand Soap

Skip the toxic hand soaps with detergents and antibacterial chemicals like Triclosan (a pesticide), and use Earth Mama Organic Castile Soaps instead.  Use it straight out of the container for a safe, pure soap. Or, if you have a plain liquid castile soap, use the recipe below:

  •  distilled water
  • 1-3 tablespoons liquid castile soap (depending on water type)
  • 5 – 10 drops essential oil for fragrance (optional)

Fill your foaming hand soap bottle with water until about 3/4 full. Add castile soap and the essential oils if you are using them.  Shake gently.

2.  Body Wash

A popular use of the Earth Mama Castile Soaps is to use it as a body wash, especially for baby.  They contain no artificial fragrances, foaming agents, sulfates, preservatives, parabens, or dyes. Again, just use it straight out of the foaming pump.

3.  Shaving Cream

Propylparaben and fragrance are common, hazardous ingredient in most commercial shaving creams.  Castile Soap is a safe, all natural alternative. You could use a castile bar soap for a great lather or since Earth Mama Castile Soaps come with a foaming pump, you can use it right out of the container to shave your legs.

I used two pumps of Happy Mama Hand to Toe Wash and lathered up.  I was surprised at how soft my leg was after shaving!  No more expensive shaving cream for this Mama! 

4.  Shampoo

Commercial shampoos, including baby shampoos, are full of toxic ingredients like formaldehyde.  You can use any of the Earth Mama Castile soaps as a shampoo straight out of the bottle.  If you have a plain liquid castile soap, you can use the following recipe to make a safe, non-toxic shampoo:

  • 1/4 cup distilled water
  • 1/4 cup liquid castile soap
  • 1/2 teaspoon jojoba, grapeseed, sunflower or other light vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp. xantham gum (optional, to thicken the shampoo)

Mix together all ingredients and store in a bottle.  Shake before use.

5.  Laundry Detergent

I searched the Environmental Working Group rating for my current all natural laundry detergent and it has a D rating! It contains boric acid and methylisothiazolinone which are significant hazards to health.  All natural does not necessarily mean it contains safe ingredients! Go here to check the EWG’s Rating for your current cleaning products.

Use about 1/8 to 1/4 cup of any Earth Mama Castile Soap or any liquid castile soap.  You may want to use 1/3 cup  if you have hard water.  You can also use a few spoonfuls of baking soda for an even deeper clean.

6.  Multi-Surface Cleaning Spray

I used this spray to clean the new to me baby toys and gadgets that I bought at yard sales.  Use it to spray down counters and fixtures or even clean fabric surfaces!

  • 16 oz. water
  • 2 tablespoons castile soap
  • 20 drops essential oil (I use Tea Tree and Lavender for their antibacterial properties)

Pour in a spray bottle and shake.  Spray areas that needs to be cleaned and wipe with a damp cloth.

7.  Insect Killer

No need to buy highly toxic (and expensive) bug killer!  Use the Multi-Surface Cleaning Spray recipe above to kill any unwanted insects in your home.  You can even do without the essential oil. 

8.  Soft Scrub

Use this soft scrub recipe from Earth Mama Angel Baby to clean just about anything.  I used it to clean the bathtub and tile and it did an amazing job.  You could also use this for kitchen counters, sinks, toilets and even scuff marks on woodwork!

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/8 – 1/4 cup any Earth Mama Castile Soap
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar
  • 5-10 drops essential oil (I used 5 drops Tea Tree and 5 drops Lavender)

Mix to a creamy, frosting consistency.  It is ready to use right away!

9.  Floor Cleaner

Use this simple and safe recipe to clean your floors but do not use it on waxed floors as the castile soap will break down the wax.

  • 1 gallon warm water
  • 1/8 cup castile soap
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 10 drops essential oil, optional

Mix all ingredients in a a large bucket and mop.

10.  DIY Baby Wipes

For frugal, non-toxic  baby wipes, use this Earth Mama Angel Baby Homemade Baby Wipes recipe . There is even a video tutorial.  You will need premium paper towels or cloth, water, castile soap and baby oil.

Important Note:  I tried castile soap as a glass cleaner and dishwasher liquid and did not like the results of either.  The castile dishwasher liquid left a film on my dishes even when I used it with water and vinegar so I cannot recommend washing dishes with castile soap.

Did I miss something?  I’d love to know if you already use castile soap in one of the ways I’ve listed or if you have another use for it!

I am part of the #EarthMama Blogger Ambassador Campaign in which I am a financially compensated blogger for Earth Mama Angel Baby.  All opinions are my own and based on my own experience.

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    • Eva says

      I love how versatile Castile Soap is! My favorites ways to use it are shaving cream, laundry detergent, and soft scrub.

  1. says

    I love Castile soap. I use it in an all-purpose cleaner and a soft scrub as you mentioned, and also straight from the bottle as my single-ingredient face wash. I’ve not tried it for a bug killer, but will be trying it. I sometimes have little sugar ants that appear overnight.

    Thank you for sharing at Let’s Get Real!

  2. says

    Oh, this is too perfect! I’ve been wanting to find a borax alternative for this exact reason. A total aside…do you know how many kids crafts call for borax? To make ooey goeey glop stuff? Because kids will never stick that in their mouths….

    Anyways…totally pinning. Going to have to work some of this stuff into our daily routine.
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    • Eva says

      That’s awful about the kid’s crafts and borax. I did not know that! There has got to be another alternative. Thanks for hosting Financially Savvy Saturdays!

  3. Cynthia Landrie says

    So versatile! I love the idea of using it as an insect killer. Great post. Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.

  4. says

    Never realized that castille soap had so many uses. I may have to buy some and start making more things on my own. Thanks for sharing this on Merry Monday.

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