5 Ways to Use Castile Soap
Posted on May 16 2017
Castile Soap is one of my favorite products to have on standby. So much so we had to create our very own line of this versatile liquid soap sent from the gods. I can’t live without it, seriously.
Castile soap derived from the Castile region of Spain, hence its name. It is traditionally made with olive oil instead of animal fats. Over time, people have become very creative by adding additional plant based carrier oils when making the soap. Ollie & Otto Castile soaps are made with a unique blend of olive, jojoba, and coconut oils. Our soaps are gentle but effective, and they come in a variety of scents for you to choose from. In case you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, I’ve listed five ways to use our collection of Castile soaps.
1. Bath Soap
This soap is the bee's knees when it comes to using it in the shower or the bath. It removes dirt like nobody’s business, but it does not leave your skin feeling dry and brittle. Our Lavender Soap is especially nice to use after a long day of work because it is filled with lavender. The calming and soothing properties of lavender assist with de-stressing and help to improve sleep.
2. Laundry Detergent
Castile soaps are great for doing laundry. Just add ½ cup of any of your favorite O&O Castile soaps with ½ cup of baking soda for a large load. Lastly, add 1/3 cup of vinegar during the rinse cycle.
Did I mention how clean this soap gets your skin? Well, it acts as a great shampoo as well. The hubby uses the Mint castile soap to combat his issues with dandruff. This soap is especially good at treating skin and scalp conditions such as eczema and seborrheic dermatitis due to its antiseptic properties. Our Castile soaps are paraben and sulfate free, so they are great at cleaning your hair without robbing it of precious moisture.
4. All-Purpose Surface Cleaner
Using Castile soaps are a great non-toxic alternative to cleaning your home with harsh detergents. I use our Harmony castile soap to create a nice all-purpose surface cleaner. It is super simple to create too. Grab a 16 oz bottle to store your mixture in. Mix ¼ cup of our Harmony castile soap with 2 cups of water. Shake well. When it is ready, you can use this spray to clean kitchen counters, children’s toys, play areas, tabletops, and more.
5. Doggy/Kitty/Furry Creature Shampoo
Our multi-purpose Castile soaps can also be used as shampoo for your furry friends. Here in the Hudson Valley, ticks are crawling everywhere. Here’s a good pet-friendly shampoo recipe to help keep ticks at bay. In a separate container, mix 1/2 cup of our Harmony castile soap with two tablespoons of water. Then, add 5-8 drops of neem seed oil and shake well. If the neem seed oil aroma is too pungent for you, add more soap to mask the smell. Next, wet your furry friend with warm water. Lather the shampoo through the pet's fur while massaging his/her skin. Rinse and repeat as needed.