If you are looking for a pure chemical-free soap, castile soap is the perfect pick for you. This is one of few soaps that is all-natural and also manufactured by hand. Castile soap is available both in liquid and bar form and is widely popular and adored by vegans because it is plant-based.
This is a very versatile remedy, you can use it to do your laundry and you can use it as a part of your skincare routine and wash both your hair and body with it.
Moreover, some studies have shown that castile soap can help cleanse wounds and lower wound complications when applied topically.
What is Castile soap?
Castile soap got its inspiration from the original Aleppo recipe. The Aleppo recipe included laurel oil as an ingredient, however, due to shortage of it, this ingredient was substituted with olive oil and with this, the Castile soap was invented.
Because of its witness and purity, Castile soap quickly became very popular and spread both in Europe and the United States. Today it is easily accessible and can be found everywhere from food stores to supermarkets.
Most popular Castile soap uses
For the body
- Homemade shampoo
By making your own castile soap shampoo you are doing your hair a big favor because this pure shampoo does not contain the chemical toxins other commercial shampoos are made of.
To prepare this shampoo mix together ½ teaspoon coconut oil, 7 tablespoons Castile liquid soap and 6 teaspoons of coconut milk. Store it in your fridge and let it sit for a week. With this recipe, you will get enough shampoo for about 7 applications.
- Homemade hand soap
Start by getting a soap dispenser and filling it with ¾ distilled or boiled water, then add in ¼ Castile liquid soap. To achieve a relaxing scent add in 5 drops of lavender oil and if you want to enhance the antibacterial properties of this soap add in 5 drops of tea tree oil.
- Castile for your teeth
It may seem a bit unusual and definitely surprising but it is true, Castile can be used as a natural teeth cleanser. Just put 1 drop of peppermint essential oil, 1 drop of Castile liquid soap and a little bit of coconut oil onto your toothbrush and use it as regular toothpaste. Be careful not to swallow it.
Fill a small tub with some hot water and add to it 1 teaspoon of Castile liquid soap. To enhance its properties and get the most benefits out of this foot bath add in some lavender and tea tree oil.
- Homemade face wash
To prepare this facewash first get a foaming dispenser and add ¼ cup of Castile liquid soap into it, then fill out the rest of it with distilled water. To better the antibacterial properties of this facewash, add in 5 drops of both frankincense and tea tree oil.
For the home
- Homemade tub scrub
Take a spray bottle and fill it with 2/3 water and 1/3 liquid Castile soap, then take some baking soda and spread it all over the bathtub. Spray the mixture over it and use either a scrub brush or a scouring pad to clean the tub.
- Homemade dish soap
One of the reasons why Castile soap makes a great dish soap is because it is an all-natural chemical-free soap, meaning both your hands and dishes will be kept nice and safe.
All you need to do is replace your plain old dish soap with Castile liquid soap and watch how those dishes get cleaned in no time.
Precautions and dangers
- The combination of hard water and Castile soap is not a good one because when applied on surfaces it can leave behind a white film.
- It is also not recommendable to combine acids like lemon juice and vinegar as these mixtures may also leave a film behind.
- Using a homemade Castile shampoo is not at all recommendable for colored hair as it easily strips the color from the hair follicles.
- The Castile shampoo may be used for not colored hair, however, the shampooing must be followed by an acidic conditioning rinse to avoid matted or tangled hair.