Posted on January 04 2018
I love using Dr Bronner's to clean my house. I fill up a bucket of hot water, and add a few squirts of my favorite scent (currently Sandalwood Jasmine) and get cleaning! I wipe out all the kitchen cupboards, wipe down the doors, skirting, walls, and even mop all the floors with it. Dr Bronner's Pure Castile Soap leaves my house smelling clean and fresh! No gross nasties around my place!
Remember back in my Soapberries blog I mentioned a trick up my sleeve for having scented laundry. Yip you got it! I add a couple of squirts of Dr Bronner's Pure Castile Soap to my machine, and my washing comes out smelling divine!
So for the first time user of Dr Bronner's, or for those that need a quick refresh, I have taken the Dr Bronner's Cheat Sheet from their website which is below. When it mentions pre-diluting the soap it means to combine the soap with water in a container. For other applications, the soap is diluted by the water present in the situation (in the bucket or sink!). It's a matter of personal preference. Keep in mind that if you pre dilute, you are also diluting the preservative so the shelf life drops. Make sure you use any pre-diluted soaps within a couple weeks.
Face: 2-3 drops on wet hands, applied to wet face
Body: one small squirt on a wet washcloth, applied to a wet body
Hair: ½ Tbsp. in your hand, worked into wet hair, or dilute ½ Tbsp. in ½ a cup of water and work that into wet hair
Bath: Completely depends upon water amount, but roughly 2 Tbsp. soap in an average sized tub. (Doesn't bubble, but still cleans)
Shaving: Face 10 drops; Underarms 3 drops; Legs ½ tsp; Work to a lather in wet hands and then apply to area.
Teeth: 1 drop on a toothbrush. (Yes, it tastes like soap.)
Foot Bath: 1½ tsp. in a small tub of hot water.
Clearing Congestion: 1 Tbsp. in a bowl of steamy hot water. Breathe in mist with a towel draped over the head.
Dishes (handwashing): Pre-dilute 1:10 with water. Squirt on a scrub brush and scrub dishes.
Laundry: 1/3-1/2 c. of soap for a large load in a normal washer. Add ½ c. vinegar to the rinse cycle.
Mopping: 1/4 c. of soap in 6 liters of hot water
All-purpose cleaning: ¼ c. soap in a liter of water in a spray bottle. Add ¼ tsp. tea tree essential oil if desired.
Windows: 1 Tbsp. soap in a liter of water in a spray bottle. Follow up with pure club soda, or half vinegar/ half water.
Toilet: Pre dilute 1:4 with water in a squirt bottle. Add ¼ tsp. tea tree oil. Empty toilet, squirt bowl thoroughly, sprinkle baking soda on the brush, scrub bowl, let sit 10 minutes, turn water on, flush.
Fruit and Veggie Rinse: 1 dash (approx. ¼ tsp.) in a bowl of water. Dunk produce and swish. Then rinse in clear water.
Dog washing: Amount varies widely depending on size, hair type and length, and overall dirtiness. Wet my dog thoroughly, and then start to work in castile soap up and down their body until you have a good lather. Really massage it in down to the skin. Your dog will thank you for it.
Dr Bronner's is a must in any home! It does many jobs and smells amazing!