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February 17, 2017

Innovative uses of Castile Soap.

Centuries ago in the Castile region of Spain an all-vegetable-based soap was made. Plentiful, local olive-oil inspired the recipe and set it apart as a soap not made from animal-fat (tallow). With great versatility and natural cleaning power, this tried-and-true formula has become commonly known as Castile Soap.

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There are a variety of ways to use castile soap. Here are seven:

1. Cleaning solution

By adding ¼ cup of castile soap to a quart of warm water, you can create your very own all-purpose cleaning solution. Make sure you mix it well. 
You also can add essential oils, like lemon or lavender, for specific cleaning purposes. Put this solution into a spray bottle for easy use.

2. Shampoo

You can use castile soap to make your own coconut milk shampoo. Mix 1/3 cup of castile soap with ¼ cup of coconut milk, a teaspoon of vitamin E and anywhere from 10 to 20 drops of your favorite essential oils for scent. This shampoo can be kept in the shower for up to a month, so don’t make large batches of it unless you are going to use it soon, as it won’t last long.

3. Fruit and vegetable wash

You can use castile soap to create a wash for the fruits and vegetables you Add ¼ teaspoon of castile soap to a large bowl of water, wash your produce by swishing it around in the solution for a couple minutes, and then rinse it very well under cold water.

4. Moisturizing hand wash
Castile soap is also a great ingredient to add to your homemade chemical-free hand wash. To make this, mix 2 tablespoons of castile soap, 1 teaspoon of fractionated coconut oil and 10 drops of your essential oil of choice.
5. Plant spray

Insects or fungus can be a nightmare for anyone who gardens and takes pride in their plants. Castile soap can be used to make an all-natural plant spray that doesn’t contain any chemicals or pesticides.

This spray is really easy to make, and is only made up of 2 teaspoons of neem oil, 1 teaspoon of castile soap and a bit of water. Put it in a spray bottle and you are ready to keep insects out of your plants and ensure your garden blooms beautifully.

6. Body wash

Castile soap mixed with a bit of coconut milk and vitamin E oil makes a fantastic and nourishing body wash that is safe for the entire family. To make this, mix ½ a cup of canned coconut milk, 2/3 cup of castile soap, 3 teaspoons of vitamin E oil, 5 drops of lavender essential oil and, optionally, 2 teaspoons of vegetable glycerin. It’s important to know that this mixture does not have a long shelf life. Since it’s made using canned coconut milk and it doesn’t have any preservatives in it, it is advised to keep it in the fridge and use it within a week of making it.

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