November 26, 2014

Castile All-Purpose Cleaner

I love this easy-to-make and easy-to-use, all-natural, all-purpose cleaner.

How to Make Castile Cleaner

  1. Choose your favorite Dr. Bronner’s Organic Castile Soap.  These can be found at most health food stores, and sometimes even at Kroger.
  2. Then, fill a clean spray bottle 3/4 of the way full with water.  (Do not put soap in bottle first as you don’t want to overfill your bottle with bubbles, causing waste.)
  3. Add about 1/4 cup Dr. Bronner’s.
  4. For an extra anti-bacterial boost, add 15 or so drops of tea tree oil.
  5. Fill the rest with water (very slowly so you don’t create suds.)
  6. Screw nozzle back on tightly.
  7. Turn bottle upside down and shake lightly.

Your cleaner is now ready to use.

It works great on kitchen counters and tabletops, but I prefer to use my vinegar spray in the kitchen.  I like to use this cleaner more for bathroom sinks, countertops and even tubs and toilets.

 Are you a castile soap fan? What’s your favorite scent?

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Comments

  1. I’ve never used anything of Dr. Bonner’s, but I’ve heard of it on a few different blogs recently.

    Have you ever heard of Norwex? I love their products so much that I started selling it just so I could get a discount and get lots of free stuff. :)

    Silver is a natural anti-bacterial and Norwex imbeds silver into their cloths so all you have to use to clean is water and the special cloth. I also use special “softer” cloths to wash my face and remove my makeup. We now have NO cleaners in our house. :) The company started in Norway and they are pretty new to the united states.

    I was telling my friend who is in the military about these products and he said that the socks the military has have silver in them so they don’t have to worry about transferring athletes foot or anything like that.

    If you interested you can youtube it and watch a few demonstrations. :)

  2. Have you used this on marble?

  3. This sounds just like mine, except I add some rubbing alcohol to it. I love Dr. Bronner’s! I think Almond is probably my favorite scent. I’ve also tried Kiss My Face castile soap as they have a lot of different scents…they seem to preform the same.

  4. I have never used castile soap before, but I do love your vinegar cleaner recipe! Just made some of it this week and it did a great job on my bathroom mirror! Thanks for all the great homemaking tips!

  5. So, I’m not a Dr Bronner’s fan because the labeling is just … cult-ish. Too bad though, because I love the ingredients. I just found your blog today through Money Saving Mom and I bookmarked your chocolate granola bars. I think I’ve been sitting here for nearly an hour reading about how you almost died. Good grief! I’m a fellow home school mama and natural remedy lover! I don’t blog but wish I did. I’m subscribing because when I find a mom like you with a heart to do God’s will, well, I’m already a fan. Blessings on your 8th baby boy. Happy Pushing!

  6. Susan Allums says:

    Almond is my favorite scent. For some adding cleaning power I add some borax or Arm & Hammer washing soda.

  7. yes, i’ve loved dr bronner’s … until i found this new castile that is SO super fabulous, i am hooked!!! it’s from oregon soap company and is “lemongrass zinger.” honestly, the most delicious, refreshing, invigorating scent.
    i blogged about it here, i was so excited! :)
    http://home2learn.wordpress.com/2011/12/09/my-new-fave-cleaner/

  8. We’ve been making a lot of “healthy” switches around our home lately and the latest is updating our cleaning supplies to be homemade and more natural. I made this castile cleaning concoction today and absolutely love it. I’m spraying it (cleaning!) everywhere I can think of that might have germs! I don’t know if it’s some crazy, pregnancy-induced effect (I’m 27 weeks) but I really like the smell. I’m going to try to mix a water/tea tree oil spray for daily use in our shower.

    Wondering if you have any “recipes” for homemade dishwasher detergent? That’s next on my list.

  9. Thanks for this recipe! I’m excited to try it – I love being able to make homemade versions of things can be so costly.

    Do you have a recipe for a homemade dish soap? I often just buy it, but figured there must be an alternative! Thanks!!

  10. Does this leave a soapy residue or an oily residue behind? I love the vinegar solution but the only thing I don’t love is the streaks it leaves behind on my black quartz counter tops. Also, I noticed the label says something about tea tree…is this one of the ingredients? Is it necessary then to add the tea tree oil?

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