Castile soap, also known as soap oil, is a type of vegetable oil that has been saponified. This is just a fancy word that means the oil has been combined with an alkali to produce a soapy substance.
As you may know, Castile soap is often used in personal care products, such as soaps and shampoos. But it actually has quite a few other uses!
And the great thing about that is it just makes your shopping list a whole lot simpler: Instead of having to buy a bunch of different products for everyday cleaning around the house and personal hygiene, you can just buy clean, non-toxic Castile soap, and you’ll be good to go!
Here are ten ways to use Castile soap in your everyday life:
Castile soap makes a great base for all-natural hand soap without the hassle of making soap from scratch. To take your soap to the next level, just combine a basic saponified olive oil with an essential oil, such as lavender, to make washing your hands or doing dishes feel a little more special and relaxing.
To make your own, just add liquid Castile soap to your load of laundry as you would for regular detergent, and add about half a cup of baking soda to help deodorize even more. If you have hard water, also add half a cup to one cup of white vinegar to help with proper rinsing.
Castile soap can be used as a household cleaner – and again, because it’s a natural product, you don’t have to worry about using potentially-toxic products in your home!
Just mix equal parts saponified olive oil and water in a spray bottle and use it like any other cleaning product to spray and wipe down surfaces like countertops, tables, etc. Be sure to rinse each surface thoroughly and let it dry completely.
Simply apply a small amount of Castile soap to the hinge and move it back and forth to lubricate it. Easy!
Apply a little bit of Castile soap to the gummed area and work it in with your fingers. Be careful to avoid mixing more hair into the gum, though! It should come right out.
When dealing with a rash, using a gentle, natural cleanser like Castile soap can help alleviate the discomfort without causing more irritation. Simply apply a small amount to the affected area and rinse, making sure to remove all the soap.
Saponified olive oil can be used as a preventative measure against lice. To use, mix with a few drops of peppermint essential oil, apply a small amount to the scalp, and massage it in. Leave it in for at least an hour before rinsing it out.
Having sunburned skin is no fun. Thankfully, a gentle Castile soap can help soothe your skin and help it heal faster – without the irritation that often comes from typical soaps and cleansers on the market. Apply a small amount to the affected area and allow it to soak in. Then, simply rinse it off with cool water.
Out of shaving cream, or just don’t want to bother with it? No problem! Castile soap can do a great job at replacing it altogether by helping the razor glide over your skin and prevent irritation.
Last but not least, saponified olive oil can also be used to remove makeup. Simply apply to a cotton ball, wipe it over your face, and rinse well with cool water. Then, follow up with the rest of your skincare routine as usual.
Now that you know some of the great things you can use saponified olive oil for, feel free to check out our own line of 100 percent organic Castile soap! You’ll be glad you did.