Castile soap is an incredibly versatile natural soap. I can create all sorts of cleaning products by mixing it with other natural ingredients like washing soda, white vinegar, and essential oils.
The simplest way to use it though is to just dilute it with water. The mixture can be used as a gentle hand soap, body wash, or even shampoo. That's often what I do if I run out of soap and need something right away (like when I'm in the shower and just realized I finished my shampoo).
However, to make it an even better soap that's cleansing and moisturizing, I like to add some of these ingredients:
- Olive oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, or grapeseed oil - all of these can be easily absorbed by the skin
- Raw honey - helps your skin retain moisture and elasticity, and also great for repairing skin with blemishes. Particularly useful for dry skin
- Vitamin E - great for repairing and moisturizing your skin
Here's how to combine these ingredients:
- First dilute one part castile soap with 4 parts water.
- Then for every cup of this mixture, add 1-2 teaspoons of oil, 1-2 teaspoons of honey, and/or 1-2 teaspoons of Vitamin E.
You can play around with the recipe to find one that works for your skin type.
This blend can be used as a shampoo and body wash for both adults and babies, or hand soap! Plus, you can put it in a foaming dispenser so that you don’t have to use as much soap each time!
And here's one more tip – if you find that using castile soap leaves a residue on your tub or sink, you can easily remove it by sprinkling some baking soda on it and scrubbing it with a wet towel. It should come off quite easily. In fact, baking soda is a great scouring agent for stoves, ovens, etc. I always have a few bottles of it around the house!
No time to make your own shampoo / hand soap / body wash?
You can order my premade Shampoo & Body Wash, great for adults and babies!