DIY All-Natural Cleaning Products

Ever heard of Castile Soap? What is it? What can I use it for? Why is it so special?


Castile soap is a non-toxic and environmentally safe household cleaner with numerous uses! The soap is originally made with olive oil, but can be made out of other vegetable oils (olive, coconut, sunflower, etc) and also possesses an alkaline property such as baking soda.


Like other soaps, castile soaps have molecules that have an end that is attracted to water and the other end attracted to fats (much like a fatty acid). When you combine the soap with water, it creates charged ions that attract dirt and things you want to clean.


All Natural Foaming Hand Soap Recipe

1. Fill your foam soap dispenser with water - about 85% full and top off with castile soap. I typically use a unscented soap because it is more versatile to my other uses, but they do come mixed with various "essential oils".

2. Add in 5 drops of your preferred essential oil (ex. peppermint, clove, lavender, lemon, grapefruit).


All Natural Floor Cleaner Recipe

1. Fill about 3 quarts of water (1 quart = 4 cups) with 1/2 cup of castile soap.

2. Add in 10 drops of essential oil (ex. tea tree, lemon, lime).


Pet Cleaner

1. Wet your animal / spray them down and the amount of soap you use will vary depending how large of an animal you are cleaning.

2. Lather from head to toe and into


Tip: Some recipes that you see online tell you to mix with vinegar. Apparently you SHOULD NOT add an acid to this alkaline soap because it breaks down the soap and therefore decreases the potency & may add a white film to whatever you are using it on. I've added a little bit of vinegar to my floor solution in the past and this did not happen, but since then I have not included it into my solutions just in case.

Melody Lee, DC

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