According to their website, there are actually 18 uses for Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap, but to keep things simple I’ll give you my top 10 favorite. This castile soap – meaning it’s made from 100% plant oils – is also organic, free from any harmful ingredients and preservatives, fair trade and comes in eight main varieties including Peppermint, Tea Tree, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Citrus, Almond, Rose and Unscented Baby Mild.
Besides being a “healthy” soap, it can be used for personal hygiene as well as for your kitchen, bathroom or laundry. And not that you’re easily swayed by celebrity endorsements, but Lady Gaga reportedly loves Dr. Bronner’s, joining Sandra Bullock, Drew Barrymore and Kristin Bell.
Dr. Bronner’s castile soaps are concentrated so if I had to offer one bit of advice before you begin – dilute dilute dilute. The good news is the bottles seem to last forever!
As promised, below are my top 10 favorite uses (in no particular order) of this truly versatile soap.
10 Uses for Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap
I have problem skin so first of all I was happy to find Tea Tree soap, and second that it was free of anything harmful that could further irritate my skin. I was really blown away when it worked. The rose is a second favorite of mine because it’s also great for problem-skin and smells pretty.
Extra Tip: Moisturize after! Dr. Bronner’s leaves your skin feeling a little…tighter than regular face soap.
2.) Bubble Bath – Any Variety
It creates the best bubbles and leaves a wonderfully strong scent.
3.) Household Cleaner – Any Variety
I use this soap to clean anything from my toilet to bathtub to countertops to even carpets! It works great plus like I mentioned above, leaves a great scent. If I had to pick a flavor to clean with it would be Citrus. Again, a little bit goes a long way.
4.) Toothpaste – Peppermint
Now this may seem strange because after all, it is soap. I probably wouldn’t have tried it myself but I recently started medication where I am not allowed to have anything peppermint, including toothpaste. So I decided to give Dr. Bronner’s a try. Turns out…it tastes like brushing your teeth with soap. The Tea Tree was disgusting to brush my teeth with but the citrus wasn’t bad at all. According to my sister, her and her husband only use Bronner’s for their toothpaste. However, I’d recommend Peppermint and to use just one or two drops.
5.) Makeup brush cleaner– Peppermint
You don’t need an expensive makeup brush cleaner – or one of those DIY ones that leave your brushes greasy. Just a few drops of Dr. Bronner’s…work through the bristles, rinse, and you’re good to go! It not only cleans all the gunk out, but is made with moisturizes to keep your bristles soft.
6.) Shampoo – Tea Tree but any variety will work
You can use any variety you want, I just prefer the Tea Tree because it does a great job at getting all the gunk, AKA hair product, out. I use this once a week and then follow up with a deep conditioner.
7.) Steam for colds – Eucalyptus or Peppermint
You first option is to take a bath (make it as hot as you can stand) pour a little oil under the running water and relax. For an even more concentrated therapy fill a large bowl with hot water (but not boiling) and add a squirt of either of these soaps. Lean over the bowl and place a large towel over your head. Breathe in deeply!
8.) Laundry Soap – Lavender
Dr. Bronner’s is great to use for laundry because you won’t have to worry about chemical components being transferred to your clothes! I like using lavender best because it smells amazing. I also love using soap nuts because I can just throw them in without any pouring.
9.) Fruit & Veggie Wash – Tea Tree
It’s always best to buy organic food when you can, but not always possible. But even if you do buy organic you’ll still need to wash your fruits and veggies because of dirt and bugs. All you need is one drop in a bowl of water, a good dip (and scrub if it’s not organic) rinse and then enjoy!
Wellness Mama also makes a fruit & veggie wash using vinegar if that is more your style.
10.) Dish Soap – Citrus
I suppose if you can use Dr. Bronner’s on your fruit and vegetables then it should come as no surprise that you can wash your dishes with it. Just squirt a little on your scrub brush and wash away.
Dr. Bronner’s is sold online at the site, Amazon and grocery stores that carry specialty items like Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods & Wegman’s.