Cleaning with Liquid
Castile Soap & Essential Oils
Liquid soap is
the most contacted product you use through out the
day. We use it to wash vegetables, hands,
bodies, babies, pets, dishes and laundry. Bottom
line we use liquid soap several times a day. 60%
of what goes on your skin enters your bloodstream and
now is more important than ever to consider going as
natural as possible. Natural does not mean more
expensive, in fact our soap replaces a myriad of
our Liquid Castile Soap so much we keep a 1/2 gallon
by the kitchen sink, in the laundry room
and in the bathroom to use as a body wash.
We use it in our Automatic dishwashers and to wash our
pets. Our cool looking
Crane neck pumps
measure one perfect ounce every time! Old fashioned
goodness complimented by modern technology.
Beyond great function our method of dispensing liquid
soap is definitely a conversation piece.
Everyone wants to know what they are
for and what it does!
Liquid Castile Soap
is available in
Pearl (Castile's natural state,) Myers
Lemon, Peppermint and Amber as well.
Most people are used to seeing amber liquid castile
soap, although we love the pearl. They both work
the same, it is just a matter of personal preference.
We find the Peppermint great for bath and body for a
tingly all over clean feeling. The
Lemon is more for kitchen/laundry use although
it can be used for everything plain is used for.
Castile Soap can be used for laundry, although we
have a new scented selection also, for those who love
scent. These include: Cotton-Lavender, Five
Lavenders, and Fresh Cut Grass. These
scents are synthetic in part, except for Lemon,
Lavender and Peppermint which are simply 100%
essential oil. We are OK with some synthetics
-just not the other 99% being SLS which we feel highly
article will provide you with easy and uplifting
cleaning methods, recipes and Formulas to lift your
spirits while you really go green at home base.
*You can use any liquid Castile you can
find, although make sure there is olive oil in it and
not just all low end vegetable oil components which
can be drying to the skin when they constitute 10% of
the formula, and they tend to be too watery.
Cleaning with essential oils
is a non-toxic way to clean the home while lifting
your spirits at the same time! As shown
below, the power and energy of an essential oil can be
delivered through a variety of systems, alcohol (for
disinfecting) and the most common cleaning medium-good
old soap and water. As you may all be aware, we
use our own liquid castile soap to clean almost
Miracle Liquid Castile Soap
is a vegetable based soap made with 100% olive
oil for its gentle nature and a small amount of
coconut for its lather. It's multipurpose and can be
used as a gentle yet effective, fruit and vegetable
wash, floor & counter cleaner, laundry soap, window
wash, pet shampoo and even straight on the body as the
worlds most gentle cleaner. Made in America, it's
petrol-free, detergent-free, completely biodegradable
with literally hundreds of uses.
products are never tested on animals, only on
bubbles do matter and castile generates beautiful
natural soap bubbles. They are not dramatic,
fake and uniform as with the chemical laden SLS
surfactants. We know 60% of what goes on your
skin gets in the blood stream. So go Castile!
(Photo: Castile Bubbles.) Our liquid castile
soap is made with olive oil, sunflower oil, some
coconut oil (for lather) and castor oil.
Cleaning Recipes & Formulas (excerpts
formula has a "base". In this case we are using
soapy Castile water as our base for most cleaning,
alcohol 90% or higher as our disinfectant base, bases
such as Borax (the Mule Team salts), and/or simple
items like baking soda and vinegar. This also
saves substantial money by not having to buy several
pricey commercial products to do the time thing. Some
of the commercial products we buy we do not even use
often-so the overall price is high to you as well as
1 Teaspoon of
Lemon Liquid Castile Soap
2 heaping tablespoons
of citric acid or
the 1 Teaspoon of Lemon Liquid Castile Soap in the
soap compartment, and 1 heaping tablespoons of citric
shine (citric acid) tossed in the bottom of the unit.
It does not matter where. The citric shines everything
beyond taking care of the alkaline look when using
natural soaps. Do not use more than 1
teaspoon of Castile Liquid Soap or you will have a
kitchen full of suds. This is not going to work
without the citric so don't even try it. To
clean residue out of a dishwasher-(we recommend once a
year) run 1/2 cup of citric acid through a whole cycle
with a 1/4 teaspoon of castile and no dishes in it.
This usually will shine your unit. The same
principle works anywhere there is a soap build up,
such as bath tubs.
For wine glasses-just pump a little into each dirty
glass and let sit over night. I LOVE that pump
because it saves reaching for a heavy jug when I am
Tags: Castile Automatic Dishwasher Recipe. DYI
Laundry ? Making Your
Own Laundry Soap
You can use
Mabel's Liquid Castile as laundry soap in your 'green
routine'. To clean laundry naturally use ? cup of
liquid castile in the wash. You can add scent by
adding it to the soap you are about to use. This
disperses the scent into the soap first and not
directly onto clothes. The lemon scent will not
over ride your choice of scent. Although
uplifting and clean, Lemon is a more "fleeting" scent
is one reason why.
1/4 Cup (2
Ounces) of Mabel's Lemon Liquid Castile Soap
1 Cup of dry
Green Laundry Booster (Baking Soda, Borax, Citric Mix)
serious cleaning power add one cup of a dry booster
(baking soda, borax, and citric mix described below).
You can add essential oils to the soap about
to be used
into the soap you poured to wash too! Lavender
is a nice choice, Lemon a clean
scent, or my favorite, 'Fresh Cut Grass', not
an essential oil, per se--but an effective
aromatherapy grounding scent. For adding scent we use
one pipette full, (1/10 of a ounce) although prudent
people suggest only a few drops of essential oil.
Either way is fine if it is mixed in the soap first,
since the oil disperses into the soap first and not
Tags: Castile Do It
Yourself Laundry Recipe. Make your own laundry soap.
DYI Laundry Soap.
Dry Green Laundry Booster
2 parts mule
1 part baking
1 part citric
Borax is a
natural salt and helps the soap clean more
effectively. Citric Acid is a great fabric
softener. People who try to use vinegar but complain
of smell, should use citric acid. We mix ours
and keep it in a reusable one gallon white pail. Many
people have tried this entire system and say it cleans
just as well as the commercial brands. We agree. They
also swear using the soap directly on a stain as a
is as good as the commercial brands. Again, we agree.
Blood, however comes out better with hydrogen
peroxide and ink comes out better with hair
spray. Something in hair spray lifts ink out really
well. Gummy items come off real well with real
orange essential oil. It acts as a solvent.
hydrogen peroxide in your natural laundry bag
Flu viruses were reduced 100% in our lab area since we
started wiping down after everyone with 90% or higher
alcohol over two years ago. We actually keep it
in marked-but pretty hand painted vinegar bottles that
have that easy pour spout. We use the alcohol to
areas, but not until
it is cleaned with soapy Castile water. Exceptions to
soapy water would be like key boards, but we sure do
wipe them down with local. Alcohol may disinfect
(by making germs evaporate with it--sucking the life
out of them), but it does not 'clean' an area. Alcohol
is not really effective until it's all evaporated, so
you need to wait a good five minutes to use an area
after wiping it down with alcohol. Any kind of
90 proof or higher of alcohol is okay; we use the
stuff from the pharmacy, just regular rubbing
alcohol. (Photo name: Stickem Up)
add essential oils to alcohol giving it a great scent.
Just add a couple of drops of
Lavender, Tea Tree
(which is a germ busting powerhouse in its own right)
per 8 ounces of alcohol. You can even add
Ylang Ylang, from the floral family; Lemon, Lime
or Siberian Fir Needle essential
oils may also be appealing candidates to scent your
alcohol. In the autumn you could add a touch of
orange and clove essential oils. The
catalytic lamps? This is ALL the base is for fuel.
Alcohol 90% or higher and a few pipettes of scent per
16 ounces of "base." Base meaning alcohol.
Adding Liquid Castile and Essential
has never been more interesting! We use one
Liquid Castile per gallon of mop
water, dropping essential oils into our mop water to
give it a refreshing, natural and clean scent. Our
favorites? Lemon for kitchen and
dining areas, Lavender for bedroom
areas, Lime or even
Peppermint essential oils for the bathrooms.
Siberian Fir Needle is quite pretty
and smells like a high class pine. One Mabel Rep told
me she loves Spearmint. I tried it and it was
seductive. I know, spearmint seductive? Yes,
more so with Lime.
Add up to an
Tea Tree Essential
oil to soapy castile water if you need serious germ
busting effects-such as areas that are conducive to
mold such as showers and toilets. A few drops of
lemon oil can replicate what you may be using to
smelling as "clean and fresh."
You can also
make a spray in a spray bottle to specifically target
mold instead of using chlorine products. To have that
fresh and clean commercial scent, use Lemon
and Tea Tree essential oil for its mold
busting powers--shaken with water in a sprayer. Spray
all potential mold areas until mixture is gone. This
is because certain essential oils do not store well
and may melt the plastic pump parts. You may want to
"flush out" your pump when done with soapy water made
from liquid castile soap.
What is the
sit down next to me and I will tell you! I have
changed mop loyalties. The Clorox Mop was "OK"
even when I made my own essential oil solution to go
in their pads. I cannot say it really cleaned much and
just became convoluted and expensive over time.
I found a really chic mop that helps me look forward
to "mopping" and works! Under $10 I like the
Libman mop. It does not tend to "hold"
micro-organisms in like the cotton mops can-so we need
not use Clorox as we would have to really clean the
mop. And with this I am able to drop essential
oils into the mop water, switching pretty easily as I
change rooms. With essential oils, my time is almost
as fun as bath time! Click the photo of the mop to
find out where to buy it.
Garden Soap: Spiders and Bug
To make your own
natural garden bug controller, add a tablespoon of
Mabel?s Liquid Castile Soap to a 16 ounce spray
bottle of water. Adding a few tablespoons of
cooking oil to the 'potion' and shaking well will
really do them in. Bugs do not really like to hang
around soap, and oil seems to suffocate tiny ones.
Spray the base of your plants because that is where
they tend to 'hop on' and leaves, that they are trying
to eat in the first place. If you need extra fighting
power, they HATE Geranium Essential Oil,
(this is why planting geraniums often protects
gardens). So a few drops of geranium and maybe
Black Pepper Oil, in your potion, will give
you WMD in the garden. Other essential oils they do
not like include Lemongrass, Orange, Spearmint, &
Peppermint. To make a spider spray for inside the
home, you may just want to omit the oil part of the
recipe and spray where you think they are gaining
& Liquid Castile
and creamy, our Castile Liquid Soap is the way to
lather Rover and also achieve a clean and shiny coat.
Most commercial products in the market are
overpriced and geared with heavy scent to make the
humans happy. They don't have the proper PH, make
the dog miserable as well as rob natural oils from the
pets coat as well as cause skin conditions. Also,
animals often develop
sensitivities to the detergent chemicals commonly used
in synthetic pet shampoos. Then we are told they are
'hot spots' as if they are some unexplained
When your pet suddenly has a skin condition,
then they have more high priced products for that too.
As far as scent, dogs have 25 more times scent
receptors than humans do. It does not take much to
overwhelm them. For this reason, essential oils can be
used, but sparingly. To use, mix 4 ounces (1/2) a cup
of our Castile Liquid Soap too a
gallon bucket of water. Mix well and lather away.
(That is Ringo my very spoiled adopted Katrina pooch
to the left.)
Click here for CHAMP
Liquid castile Pet Shampoo.
Essential Oils and Dogs
essential oils directly to your dogs skin. To repel
buds, a dosage of 1 drop per 8 ounces of soapy water
of the following essential oils can be used on your
Lemongrass, Lavender, and/or Tea Tree.
Our lemon Castile Soap has enough lemon essential
oil to be sufficient.
Other Natural & Aromatherapy
You can spray
bath towels with a slight mist of Peppermint
for that 'luxurious hotel' feeling. This idea has been
borrowed from a Ritz Carlton. I have said this
before and I will say it again. BUY WHITE COTTON
TOWELS to rewash instead of paper towels. That
alone will save you a fortune. I have a "clean"
bucket and a "dirty" bucket just for cloth towels.
If you are in the UK you will NOT see a paper towel.
Last I heard they are alive and well over there.
is another viable essential oil to use in the
essential oil will dissolve and get gum off
Castile for Bathing
the peppermint because it always give a tingly fresh
feeling even when entering the hot steamy weather of
the summer. It feels revitalizing. I look
forward to using it as a body wash along with
essential oils I drop in the tub. I know it is
natural and will not present toxins into my blood
stream. Castile bubbles are also more friendly to
those who usually cannot use bubble baths for a
reason. This is because commercial surfactants
clean too harshly and strip good bacteria, allowing an
imbalance-thus yeast infection. And Castile
Liquid Soap works great in Jacuzzi bath tubs as a
bubble bath. It does not take much-maybe 2
ounces for total luxury!
The History of Liquid Soap in
the United States
used fake soap until WWII when real soap was becoming in short
supply. Only then did SLS and other synthetic detergents enter the
household. The public learned to like them. Post WWII
was also the same era we experienced a tremendous rise in cancer
that has stayed fairly high to this day. You would think it
was war chemicals right? The main escalation was WOMEN.
Why? I think because women are more likely to interact with
soap and detergents.
Our opinion is the body cannot source synthetics and thus stores
foreign bodies as toxins into our glands. Breast for women
and prostate for men just happen to be easy places for the body to
put them. Also, people use FAR more soap than they think.
We use soap many times a day! Natural soap is not more
expensive than synthetic soap. When you look at it from a
preventative strategy, it also becomes of greater value.
SLS So Bad?
It is used on rats
to create a rash - which then chemists can test products
like anti-rash creams. Over time the lab
people noticed the rats were getting cancer FROM the SLS
used as an irritant.
almost all detergents, in body care it strips grease
from the hair by corrosion and makes shampoo spread out
and penetrate. It enters the skin very easily and
remains in tissues (especially brain, heart and liver
tissues) for a relatively long time.
Found in 90 per cent of all commercial
shampoos and in many other health and beauty items,
especially skin creams and toothpastes. SLS has been
prohibited in bubble baths because it has an adverse
affect on skin protection and causes rashes and
infection. It is also found in industrial cleaners.
Laboratory clinical trials use SLS as an irritant to
test the effectiveness of healing agents.
Transported through the bloodstream, SLS/SLES will build
up in the heart, liver, lungs, brain and eyes. It will
be retained in tissues for a long time and could cause
the following effects:
Cancer - SLS/SLES
reacts with other chemicals to form cancer-causing
nitrosamines and dioxane;
disruption - SLS/SLES can mimic the action of hormones
and disrupt the associated mechanisms that control our
day-to-day bodily functions; it is known to mimic
oestrogen action and interfere with the reproductive
system and sexual development;
Eye damage - SLS is
especially readily absorbed into the cells of the eyes
(through absorption through the roots of hair, not
direct eye contact); it damages their function and
development - particularly in children;
Hair loss - SLS is a
harsh enough corrosive agent to attack the hair
sensitivity - SLS damages the skin's ability to act as
a barrier against harmful substances, enhancing
Dry skin -
protective lipids are stripped from the skin's surface
by SLS's corrosiveness, and skin becomes less able to