Castile soap is an entirely natural vegetable oil-based soap, originated in the Spanish Castile area. It is believed to be a descendant of the popular Aleppo soap, a product of laurel oil and lye.
During the 11th century, the Crusaders brought Aleppo soap back to Europe, and as laurel oil was not available, they replaced it with olive oil in the Castile region of Spain.
Nowadays, the Castile soaps are commonly made with olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil and others.
Lye, also known as caustic soda, is actually sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide. Both these ingredients are powerful alkaline compounds, highly caustic.
In most cases, sodium hydroxide is favored for making solid Castile soap, while potassium hydroxide is most often used for liquid soaps.
As most basic or alkaline soaps of the pH scale, this soap has a pH value of about 8.9 on the pH scale.
As a comparison, this is almost the same pH level as baking soda, but more alkaline than mild dish soap, and less alkaline than bleach or corrosive tile cleaners.
This soap is extremely versatile and beneficial, so here is why you should use it:
It is safe for your baby and pets
Containing no chemicals, the natural castile soap is exceptional for using for your children and pets.
It is toxin-free and all-natural
The numerous toxic chemicals in soaps we use wreak havoc on our health and our skin easily absorbs them, so they enter the bloodstream and cause innumerate negative effects in the body.
On the other hand, this soap contains only water, essential oils, olive oil, hemp oil, jojoba oil, and coconut oil.
It is antibacterial
Unlike synthetic antibacterial soaps, which contain dangerous ingredients such as Triclosan, this soap does no contribute to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, thyroid dysfunction, and causes no inflammatory response in the body.
- Lathers Easily
This soap produces high-foaming lather, both in soft and hard water. On the other hand, most natural soaps contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), a foaming chemical that has been linked to skin irritations, eye damage, diarrhea, depression, labored breathing, and even death.
Castile soap contains no colors, chemicals, toxins, foaming agents, or fragrances, so it is environment-friendly and biodegradable.
Suitable for vegans
Since this soap contains vegetable oils only, it is great for vegans, and all its ingredients are free of GMOs and certified organic, sourced using Fair Trade principles.
Castile soap is incredibly versatile, and we suggest 21 ways to use it:
1. Nourishing Body Wash – Nourish the entire body by washing it with a mixture of some castile soap, honey, and natural oils.
2. Coconut Milk Shampoo – Mix this soap with some coconut oil to get an organic natural shampoo that will cleanse the scalp and hair, and condition them.
3. Foot Scrub -- Mix a tablespoon of this soap with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, a cup of sugar, and peppermint essential oil, and use the mixture to scrub away the dry skin and make your feet soft and elegant.
4. Bubble Bath – Mix your favorite essential oil with some castile soap and vegetable glycerin, and enjoy the gentle bubble bath.
5. Foaming Face Wash – Use it to wash the face, as it will nourish the skin, without stripping it from the important natural oils.
6. Foaming Hand Wash – Use this amazing natural soap to wash the hands, and moisturize the skin.
7. Soap Toothpaste – Mix this soap with coconut oil, essential oils, and Xylitol and use this homemade toothpaste to get healthy and white teeth.
8. Unisex Shaving Cream –Mix castile soap with honey, avocado or olive oil, and use the mixture as an all-natural shaving cream.
9. Clear the sinus congestion-- Mix it with essential oils to clear a sinus congestion. Lean over a bowl with hot water and castile soap, cover the head with a towel, and inhale to open up the airways and nasal passages.
10. Hair and Makeup Brush Cleaner – Clean the makeup and hair brushes with castile soap and water to eliminate germs and avoid facial outbreaks and infections.
11. Dishwasher Detergent – Mix it with water, add some essential oil, and use the combination as a natural dishwasher detergent.
12. Removing Pesticides from Fruit and Vegetables – Add some castile soap to water and rub the mixture over the fresh produce to get rid of pesticides.
13. Non-Toxic Toilet Cleaner – Mix it with baking soda and antimicrobial essential oils and clean and disinfect the toilet bowl without scrubbing.
14. White Oil Natural Pesticide – In a spray bottle, mix castile soap with oil and spray all over the garden.
15. Lemon Fresh Dusting Spray – In a spray bottle, mix this magnificent soap with some lemon essential oil and use the mixture to clean the dust and leave a pleasant smell in the room.
16. Natural Dog Shampoo – Wash your dog with a mixture of castile soap, coconut oil, and ground oatmeal, and its coat will become glossy and odorless.
17. All-Purpose Household Cleaner – Wipe the bathroom and kitchen surfaces with a mixture of castile soap, water, and tea tree oil.
18. Exterior Window Wash – To make the exterior windows sparkle, wipe them with a combination of this amazing soap and water.
19. DIY Dish Soap – Add castile soap to water, add washing soda, and use it to clean the dishes of residue.
20. Laundry Detergent – Now your laundry will be spotless and odorless! Just mix it with washing soda, essential oils, and borax.
21. Floor Cleaner – Add ½ a teaspoon of this versatile soap to a bucket of warm water and use the mixture to clean the hardwood and tiled floors.
Note that you should never use this soap in a combination with vinegar, as it is a base, and it can neutralize its effects. Yet, you can use vinegar after cleaning with castile soap, as a rinse agent.