Liquid castile soap is completely biodegradable and made from pure vegetable oils such as olive and coconut. It is suitable for use by vegans and vegetarians thanks to its pure plant make-up.
It is environmentally friendly, safe and gentle on the skin and has a multitude of household uses:
Try it as a…
Fruit and vegetable cleaner
Get rid of dirt, residue and critters by simply filling your sink or a basin with cold water then adding 1 teaspoon of castile soap. Use your hands or a bristled vegetable brush to clean the surface of your produce then rinse under running water.
Bug off spray for your veggie
Trying to keep your crop as organic as possible? Make your own bug spray by filling a large spray bottle with a litre of water. Add in 1 t bs castile soap, 1 tsp crushed garlic and ½ tsp cayenne pepper or chilli powder. Shake well then spray plants directly. Note: spray them before the sun rises or after it has set to get the best results for your plants.
Face, body and hair cleanser (who needs 3 products when you can have one!)
It’s so gentle on skin and scalp that you can use this as an all-in-one product for the shower or bath. Squirt a small amount into your hand then add water to create a lather (or use a sponge for use on the body) then use as you would shampoo or body wash. It’s even suitable for sensitive body parts such as your face and won’t strip natural oils from your skin. Amazing!
All-in-one household cleaner for
Mopping floors: Mix ½ cup castile soap in 10L of hot water. Add an optional drop of essential oil if you like it extra scented.
Washing clothes: Combine 1/3 to 1/2 cup of liquid castile into your normal laundry load. It will clean beautifully and leave no soapy residue on your clothes.
Wiping down benches: Make your own bench top spray by mixing ¼ cup castile into a spray bottle and filling up with cold water. Use for all kitchen and bathroom areas.
Cleaning toilets: Spray toilet bowl with a solution of 1:4 liquid soap to water then sprinkle with bicarb of soda. Leave for 5 mins then scrub for a sparkly clean finish.
Washing dishes: Create your own detergent at a quarter of the cost by filling up a squirty container with a ratio of 1:10 liquid soap to water. This mixture will cut through grease, leaving you with spotless dishes.
Cleaning windows: Mix 1 tbs castile with 1 tbs vinegar in a spray bottle and fill with water. Use direct on glass furniture and windows for a see-through, streak-free finish.
Washing your furry friends
Castile soap is also perfect for sensitive or itchy animal skin. Your furry children deserve to feel as good as you do so make her (or him) up a luxurious pet wash. Fill up a bottle with a ratio of 1:3 soap to water. Pour over your pet and lather up, then rinse well. Essential oils that can be found in some castile soap blends means your pet will also smell amazing!
You can find Melrose Liquid Castile soap in bulk at Go Natural Foods.
Blog written for go natural foods by Emma H.