Castile soap – what is it and how do you use it?

The more we look into natural body care and cleaning alternatives, the more we realise that Mother Nature really is giving us so much of what we need – with minimal processing.

When an ingredient like castile soap can be used for body care and cleaning, why would anyone feel the need to buy multiple different mainstream products, many containing questionable ingredients (read here for my watch list of common personal care and cleaning toxins)? It’s a no-brainer for me!

Castile soap, in its traditional sense, is basically a soap made from olive oil. It got its name from the region of Spain where it was first made, thousands of years ago.  Nowadays, castile soap is made in both liquid and solid form using mostly olive oil and usually a combination of other vegetable oils like coconut, soybean, jojoba, hemp, or palm.

Why Do I Love Castile Soap So Much?

Where do I even start?! Well, Castile soap is:


completely biodegradable

non-toxic and hypoallergenic – people intolerant to soaps can usually tolerate castile soap

mild to skin, and when made with only olive oil, won’t strip the skin of its natural oils

so versatile (as you’ll see below!)

Just search the word ‘castile’ on my website and you’ll see just how often I use it in a recipe, or refer to its awesomeness. Body care and cleaning – you’re covered with castile soap. I just love myself an ingredient that is so natural and oh-so-versatile!

Here are a few examples to inspire you:

Simple DIY foaming washes like these will eliminate several unnecessary and undesirable ingredients from your personal care routine (if you’re currently buying mainstream hand, body and face wash, that is). Foaming washes are my favourite and simplest recipes, and where I send most newbies looking to give DIY a go!

I also have a gorgeous, luscious Thick and Creamy Body Wash for those of you that like it that way.

A little castile soap, coconut oil (the type that solidifies) and hot water (plus 5 drops of essential oils) and you’ve got yourself a gorgeous, nourishing Make-Up Remover.

A squirt of castile soap and hot water in your kitchen sink is literally all you need to wash dishes. Wash, rinse in fresh water, and you’re good to go.

Castile Soap - What is it and how do you use it? | The Inspired Little Pot

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This Cleaning Paste is super versatile and simple to make. It will replace supermarket cleaning pastes, and is just as effective.

What about those pesky spills/stains on the carpet or couch? There isn’t a one-solution-fixes-all here, and stains are best dealt with immediately. Here are a few simple steps:

Step 1: Remove any debris.

Step 2: Blot (don’t rub) repeatedly at the stain with paper towel or a dry cloth to remove excess liquid. Keep going until you’ve absorbed the bulk of the moisture.

Step 3: In a small bowl, add 1⁄4 cup of water and 1 teaspoon of liquid castile soap and mix until combined. Dip a soft toothbrush into the solution and brush gently over the stain – work from the outside in to prevent spreading the stain further. Repeat 3-4 times.

Step 4: Repeat Step 2 and then allow to dry.

Clean your oven naturally and wash it down with hot water and a little castile soap. So much better than oven cleaners that contain butane, propane, sodium hydroxide and who-knows-what-else!

I even use castile soap in my Natural Homemade Pest Repellent.

See, so beautifully versatile!

Krissy Ballinger

author and passionate advocate for natural living and wellness

Krissy Ballinger is an accomplished author and passionate advocate for natural living and wellness. Her mission is to gently guide individuals towards holistic wellbeing by providing a wealth of resources and services, ranging from natural living guidance and DIY recipes, to healing therapies that nurture the mind, body, spirit and space. She envisions a world where conscious choices are made that honour the self, humanity and the environment.

With her roots in education and health promotion, Krissy continually expands her expertise. Recently, she obtained certifications in Zone Healing Technique and NeurOptimal Neurofeedback (brain training), qualified as a Reiki Healer, and completed an Undergraduate Certificate in Lifestyle Coaching from Endeavour College of Natural Health.

Krissy dedicates her time to managing her wellness room, offering services in Zone and Reiki Healing, Neurofeedback brain training, and Chemical Awareness Consulting. Additionally, she educates individuals about common and avoidable toxins through her various social platforms. Krissy’s books have collectively sold over 100,000 copies, including the award-winning Naturally Inspired – Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, as well as Make & Play – Natural DIY Recipes for Kids, and The Lifestyle Edit.

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