Detoxing home and personal care products, while a slow transition for me, is not at all difficult with castile soap. Conventional soap products used for our bodies, dishes, and clothes are comprised of known toxic chemicals like triclosan, formaldehyde, and fragrances that can bioaccumulate and concentrate in both our bodies and in the environment after washing. On the other hand, castile soap is made from plant-based ingredients like olive, coconut, and hemp oil and includes no animal fats, antibacterial agents, or fragrances. Because castile soap is made from natural plant oils, it is entirely biodegradable, non-toxic, and is even safe for applications like brushing your teeth or washing vegetables if diluted properly.
Nearly every bodily and home surface can be tidy and fresh with castile soap, but knowing how much or how little soap is needed requires a little research. To help get you started, I've compiled a list of 21 uses + dilution measurements for pure liquid castile soap. Get the free castile soap dilution guide below and show me your cleaning successes by tagging @_tidyguy on stories or photos on Instagram!
Please keep in mind before cleaning:
Mixing pure liquid castile soap with water dilutes the natural preservatives, shortening the shelf life. Try to use diluted soap within 2-3 weeks.
For washing machine applications, soap measurements will vary by washing machine. Efficient washing machines, for example, will require much less.
White, Mushy Film Residue: You may be left with a white film or mushy mess if you mix castile soap with vinegar. Do not mix vinegar with castile soap directly, only use vinegar after cleaning + rinsing the soap away. Vinegar "unsaponifies" castile soap and will break it down into its original oils, resulting in a mushy mess best to be avoided.
Tough Grease Jobs on Dishes. On particularly greasy dishes, it’s important to forego diluting castile altogether. Apply undiluted soap directly onto the plate and scrub. It’s also worth noting that if you fill a sink with soap and water to clean dishes, there’s a good chance the castile soap is overdiluted and is not effectively cleaning dishes. If necessary, try applying a small amount of undiluted castile to a brush, scrub the dish, and rinse with a small stream of water.
Soap scum on dishes. If you’re left with a white or scummy residue on dishes, you may have hard water in your area. if you have hard water, the soap scum is actually salt produced from the soap reacting with the excess minerals in hard water. This film can be removed with a quick rinse in a solution of half white vinegar and half water, which will dissolve the scum. This will work on dishes, home surfaces, anything you clean using castile. Unfortunately, there are no ways to prevent soap scum when using castile or most natural soaps, but an alternative may be to try using savon de marseille for dishes instead, as many have success using it without soap scum.