Converting to a toxin free home takes some time and patience. Once you throw out all the chemical-laden cleaners--it takes some trial and error to find what really works best for you. Here you will find a guide to the natural ingredient "castile soap". You'll also find a few recipes that we've used in the past with success.
What is Castile Soap?
Castile soap originated in Castile, Spain. It was traditionally was made with olive oil and animal fat. Today there are many variations. You can find it as a solid or a liquid and made from vegetable oils like palm, coconut, hemp, jojoba and olive.
Castile soap is a great cleaning product to use as it usually contains only vegetable based ingredients. It gives you a great, clean-feeling lather and is a great multipurpose formula. It acts as a surfactant and helps lift away dirt and cut through grease.
You can use it for anything from an ingredient in homemade laundry detergent to a simple, pure hand soap. We like to add our favorite Young Living Essential oils when we make recipes.
Our favorite brand of castile soap is Dr. Bronners which you can find via the links to Amazon in this article or at your local supermarket. We prefer to purchase the Unscented Baby Mild version.
How to Use Castile Soap for a Toxin Free Home
Toxin Free Hand Soap
In a clean container, mix 2 tbsp of castile soap, 10-15 drops Young Living Lavender Essential Oil and distilled water. Mix it well.
Essential Oil Favorites include: Thieves, Purification, Lavender, Joy and Tea Tree
Toxin Free Shampoo
Experiment with using castile soap instead of your regular shampoo. Mix a small amount of castile soap with water. Favorite Essential Oils to mix in shampoo include Lavender, Cedarwood or Tea Tree
I do find that Castile soap dries my hair out too much. I use Young Living Copaiba Vanilla Shampoo & Conditioner and absolutely love it. My hair is healthier than it ever has been! If you wish to order some-- head on over to my Essential Oils website at www.oils.wholebodyliving-com-staging.al02827r-liquidwebsites.com
Toxin Free All-Purpose Cleaning Spray
In a 10-12 ounce spray bottle, mix 1 tbsp of castile soap with 10-15 drops Thieves Young Living Essential Oil. Then fill with distilled water and gently mix.
You will need to rinse off your surfaces after spraying and cleaning with the soap. You are literally spraying soap. Failing to wipe it off with a clean wet cloth will leave a residue behind.
Toxin Free Floor Cleaner
In a large bucket, mix 2-3 tbsp castile soap with 10-15 drops of Thieves Young Living Essential Oil Blend. Fill with hot water and mix. Mop your floors with this toxin free formula. You could also Purification Essential Oil instead of Thieves to mix things up.
Scrub That Tub (Toxin Free!)
Simply fill a spray bottle with castile soap, 10-15 drops of your favorite Essential Oil (Thieves or Purification or Tea Tree) and water.
Sprinkle baking soda on the area you want to clean and then spray the castile solution over the top. Scour with a scrub brush. This also works great on stove tops!
We would love to hear how you use Castile Soap in your home. Share with us in the comments section!
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