Castile soap is a vegetable-based soap that has no animal or synthetic ingredients. It is a natural, non-toxic, biodegradable soap and it is very versatile. Castile soap gets its name from the Castile region which became Spain in the 1500’s. At that time the soap was made from the olive oils which are abundant in the Mediterranean. Fast forward to 2018 and Castile soap is now made with coconut, castor, avocado, walnut, almond, and hemp oils.
The big benefits we are interested in here is that this soap is environmentally friendly, very useful and effective for our soap needs. You can use it for body wash, hand soap, for household cleaning, on your pets and even as dish soap. When we found out one bar of castile soap could replace a few of the products we use regularly all while keeping us clean and cutting down on our creation of waste, we new this was a habit we needed to try out.
So we decided to make our own liquid soap from castile bar soap. This is the simple recipe we found:
Our Liquid Soap Recipe Ingredients:
1 (5 Oz) Bar of Castile soap grated
9 1/4 tsp of Baking Soda
11 cups of water
14 drops of essential oils (We used 7 tea tree and 7 bergamot, but you can use whatever you like)
Step 1: Boil water in pot
Step 2: Turn off heat and add grated soap. Stirring to help dissolve.
Step 3: Let it cool and add baking soda when it is still warm, but not boiling.
Step 4: Wait till the temp is below 100 degrees to add essential oils
Step 5: Cover and leave to cool completely
Step 6: Pour into dispenser and extra into storage
See this recipes in action in our video and blog post: Staying Clean While Going Green