Today I am reviewing the 100% True Castile Soap Bar by Biome and listing some innovative ways you can use this versatile product around the home to reduce waste. Handmade in Australia and made from a single ingredient saponified olive oil. Saponification is the process by which the olive oil is turned into a solid soap bar. The bars are also free from synthetic ingredients and detergents. As such the bars are gentle and moisturising for the skin while being tough enough for all purpose cleaning.
What I love about it the most is that it’s crazy versatile, you can use it for just about anything from cleaning kitchen counters and floors, washing dishes, and wiping windows. The block itself is unscented and fragrance-free, so you can add your favourite essential oil for many different purposes.
You can also get Castile in liquid form, but I find that the bar version is a better eco-friendly option as it’s 100% plastic and waste free! Plus you can easily turn your bar into liquid by grating it, or cutting it into smaller pieces and wizzing in a food processor which gets it into a powder form. Then simply mix with distilled water so it’s easier for you to use. Here is the tutorial of how to do that HERE.
Why You’ll Love This 100% Natural Product
- Made from a single, natural ingredient
- Vegan and cruelty-free
- Sulfate-Free, paraben-free and fragrance-free
- Palm oil free
- Plastic-free and biodegradable
- Multiple uses and long lasting
- Handmade in Australia
Ways to Use Castile Bar Soap
1: Make Natural Laundry Powder
Making your own Natural Laundry Powder is another great way to transition to a greener lifestyle and save you money! Many conventional laundry powders can contain synthetic fragrances, sulfates and phenols that can be irritating to the skin, and can cause allergies. I’ve developed a non-toxic, safe recipe for the whole family that wont irritate the skin, and it’s far kinder to the planet and your wallet. Try my easy recipe HERE.
2: Wash Dishes
Washing your dirty dishes with a bar of soap might sound a bit strange, but actually this bar is extremely efficient against grease and grime! Using a wooden dish brush, simply swipe it across your bar and start brushing, cleaning dishes, pots, and sinks. Or turn it into a liquid by adding 1 part of castile soap (grated) to 10 parts of water.
3: Clean Windows
Clean up your windows using a natural castile spray. simply add a tablespoon of grated castile soap in two cups of water, pop your mixture into a spray bottle to clean your windows, then dry the windows with newspaper.
4: Clean Floors and Surfaces
Castile soap can easily be used to clean floors and surfaces. Simply mix a quarter of a cup of grated soap to 6 litres of hot water, mop and wipe as usual. I also like to add essential oils for antibacterial properties and uplifting scents. I’ve actually listed the 5 of the Most Effective Antibacterial Essential Oils here you could try in your mix.
5: Foaming Hand Soap
Another way to save plastic waste and use a bar of soap, is to convert it into foaming hand soap. Simply add a tablespoon of grated castile to a cup of water, then fill a foaming pump bottle with your mix. You could also add a carrier oil or any essential oil, you will just need to give the bottle a shake to disperse the oil into the water each time you use it, and make sure you use it within a couple of weeks before it goes rancid.
6: Wash Fruit and Vegetables
Because castile soap doesn’t have a fragrance, or any nasty sulphates, it’s perfectly safe to rinse your fruit and vegetables of any pesticides before you consume them. Add quarter of a teaspoon of grated soap into your kitchen sink, let them soak for bit, then gently rub the produce using your hands. Follow with rinse with water.
7: Makeup Brush Cleaner
I admit, I really need to do this more! Fill a bowl with warm water and quarter of a teaspoon grated soap. Swirl your brushes in the water and massage the bristles to remove the product build up. Allow them to sit for 10 minutes. Then rinse the brushes again and allow them to air dry.
PS: If your looking for eco-friendly makeup brushes, check out EcoTools
8: Bubble Bath
Conventional bubble bath liquid contains SLS (Sodium lauryl sulfate) and SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate) which are both commercial foaming agents, whilst they are not highly dangerous, they can be irritating on the skin and if it gets in the eyes.
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To avoid SLS I developed my own bubble bath recipe! It does state liquid castile, but as I mentioned above, you can easily turn your bar into liquid by grating it, or cutting it into smaller pieces and wizzing in a food processor which gets it into a powder form then mixing with water.
Notes on Using Castile Bar Soap
When you’re not using your soap bar, keep it in a dry place to avoid it getting slimy with moisture.
Avoid using castile soap if you have coloured hair as it may strip away some of the dye.
Ensure you always buy your castile from a reputable source ensuring that it it 100 percent pure and natural (read the ingredients list if you are unsure).
I really hope you have enjoyed this post, and that it has given you some food for thought when it comes to reducing waste and buying natural, nourishing products are better for your body and the planet!