7 Money-Saving Recipes Using Castile Soap

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7 Money-Saving Recipes Using Castile Soap! So many amazing, natural uses for castile soap. I love the bathroom cleaner, face wash, and hand soap. So many more you can make with just one 32-ounce bottle of castile soap.

How many different bottles of cleaning and beauty products sit under your sink right this moment?

If you peeked under my sink just a few years ago, you would have counted at least twelve or more products. I never sat down to calculate the amount of money I spent on all those unique cleaners and beauty products, but the annual cost was quite significant.

Slowly, one by one, I started to question each product I deemed as “essential” for cleaning and beautifying my body. Why did I need a million different products with a gazillion different toxic ingredients? I decided to research the idea of making my own products. My research led to the discovery of a natural product that cleans anything and everything: castile soap!

If you’re new to homemade products or just want to expand your current inventory, I recommend making products that contain the same basic ingredients. Today’s recipe list is a great place to start since multiple homemade products can be made with just one 32-ounce bottle of castile soap.

Before I share my favorite money-saving recipes using castile soap, let’s recap this natural product of awesomeness. So here’s the short and simple definition…

“Castile soap is a concentrated vegetable-based soap with easy to recognize ingredients:Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Palm Kernel Oil*, Organic Olive Oil*, Lavandin Extract, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Lavender Extract, Citric Acid, Tocopherol  *CERTIFIED FAIR TRADE INGREDIENTS  ** None remains after saponifying oils into soap & glycerin.”  – Taken from  Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Castile Soap 

My Favorite Castile Soap Products

For cleaning products I use: Lavender, Tea Tree or Citrus.

For beauty products I use: Lavender, Tea Tree or Baby Mild.

7 Money-Saving Recipes Using Castile Soap

DIY Homemade Liquid Hand Soap. This is the best homemade soap and so easy to make!

Hand Soap: With two active kiddos we go through a lot of hand soap in our house! A bottle of natural hand soap costs $3.99-$6 a bottle, depending on the brand. One 32-ounce bottle of castile soap makes approximately 8 homemade bottles of hand soap.


Laundry Soap: As much as I dislike the folding process, I love the act of washing clothes. Call me crazy, but I think there’s something incredibly rejuvenating about the act of washing a load of laundry. This homemade laundry soap is made with just a few basic ingredients: (bar) castile soap, borax, and washing soda.

How to Make Homemade All-Purpose Surface Cleaner

All-Purpose Surface Cleaner: An all-purpose surface cleaner not only cleans and disinfects, but also smells great! This surface cleaner only requires 4 tablespoons of castile soap per spray bottle (PS: I love these glass spray bottles), which means you’ll be able to make approximately 16 bottles of homemade cleaner with one 32-ounce bottle of castile soap.

DIY Foaming Body Wash: A super simple recipe

Body Wash: Just because body wash is a luxury doesn’t mean you have to pay luxury prices. Castile soap is one ingredient in my homemade body wash. One 32-ounce bottle of castile soap will make multiple bottles of homemade body wash.

DIY Facial Cleansing Wipes: The simple way to clean your face and remove make-up naturally! Reusable, affordable, and all-natural!

Facial Wipes: Facial wipes are a convenient way to remove make-up or cleanse your face on the road (or in the air). Store-bought wipes contain toxic ingredients and come at a hefty price. Making your own homemade facial wipes is easy and inexpensive with castile soap, baby washcloths, witch hazel and a nourishing oil. One 32-ounce bottle of castile soap will make at least six months worth of facial wipes!

A super easy DIY homemade honey face wash that works to heal and cleanse skin. Only three ingredients!!

Face Wash: Over the years I wasted a lot of money on fancy face wash products. Thankfully, I now save hundreds of dollars each year by making my own face wash at home with common ingredients: honey, castile soap, water and a nourishing oil.  One 32-ounce bottle of castile soap makes approximately 10 bottles of homemade face wash.

DIY All-In-One Bathroom Cleaner. This cleaner is incredible!! Takes away odors and stains!

Bathroom Cleaner: This inexpensive homemade bathroom cleaner combines the power of castile soap, baking soda, water, and disinfecting oils. One 32-ounce bottle of castile soap makes approximately 16 bottles of germ-fighting bathroom cleaner.

Need more help getting started with homemade products? Check out my practical tips below…

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  • So this may sound like a silly question but I’m going to ask it anyway… I’ve noticed you put essential oils into a lot of your DIY products for fragrance, well I LOVE the smell of vanilla and was wondering if it would be a bad idea or not to put vanilla extract into things like the body wash?

    • I recently tried vanilla in a foaming liquid soap and it works beautifully. For hubby’s soap I put in anise because of his love of licorice and he absolutely loves it. Have been using DIY recipes for a couple of years now and I’m so thrilled to have more that include castile soap so thank you. I do use castile full strength in the kitchen sink. Two or three drops and wipe with a damp cloth gets rid of grease with just a swipe of a damp cloth and a rinse with hot water leaves it gleaming.

  • I just had to tell you, I have been a big diy kind of girl for many moons. And when I couldn’t figure out how to clean my bathroom on my own, I stumbled across your website. Holy cow, I am so excited! It is all so yummy! I’ve used Tilex for years (my one concession to chemical soup) because I have tendonitis in both hands & just couldn’t scrub. So I tried your tub cleaner recipe & it is just spectacular. Same with the general purpose cleaner. Even the tea tree oil doesn’t smell strong as the other ingredients balance it out nicely. So amazing!

    I cannot tell you how excited I am & what your recipes have done to change my life. I know I may sound silly, to have such enthusiasm but I am so very thankful that you shared your recipes with the world.

    Thanks a million –

    • Thank you so much, Caro!! I’m so glad you’re enjoy Live Simply and all the DIY recipes :). I have a new bathroom cleaner (for the inside of the toilet bowl ;)) coming out next week…I think you’ll love that one.

  • Just need to thank you. Have been looking for natural ways to get rid of acne and your astringent is just what I need. Tossed out the store bought stuff and hit the natural food store for the ingredients and natural oils.
    Thank you so much.

  • Kristin,

    I just found your site for castile soap recipes. I was looking for a good face soap recipe. I do many crafts and homesteading things. I was just wondering how you made the canning jar with the black pump sprayer at the top of the page, the picture where there are two hands holding the jar. I can food and I would like to use my jars in many different ways. So how did you get the sprayer in the middle of the flat? As many have stated, I would also like to thank you very much for sharing your recipes. God Bless and Take Care. darlene

  • Hi Kristin! I am a really big fan of natural cleaning solutions and I work as a cleaner part time for a local company. I love to use homemade cleaners like vinegar and essential oil sprays, and baking soda cleaners. I’ve also heard what a great cleaner the castile soap is. Thank you for the lovely post! I will definitely try the castile soap as a cleaner!

  • Just found your website on Pinterest and LOVE it! I just found a bottle of castile soap that I had forgotten about. Excited to put it back to use, thanks for the tips.

  • Hi Kristin! I saw a post about liquid laundry soap with a new ingredient that you just LOVE!! It is not the one made with water, borax, and castile soap. I didn’t save it and now I am looking for it and cannot find it! *sad face Can you point me in the right direction, please?

  • I love bronners and love making natural cleaning products and beauty supplies. Your laundry soap is great, but I make mine different. I make liquid detergent, which doesn’t require grating a bar of soap 😉
    I use 2 Tbls. Liquid bronners, 3 Tbls borax, and 3 Tbls. Washing soda. And about a gallon of water.
    I boil around 4 cups of the water, then mix in the soaps, let cool and pour into a recycled gallon jug (I use old juice jugs lol) then I fill almost to the top with water. Since the jug is plastic you want to make sure it’s cool enough not to melt the jug. This cleans nicely, I even washed my cloth diapers with this! And of course it’s super cheap too! You can always add a little more soap or your favorites stain booster to make it stronger for the really dirty loads.

  • I noticed all your glass bottles are clear instead of brown or cobalt. I always thought that if essential oils were in the mix, it needed the coloring to protect them?

    • Hey Theresa, I store my bottles in a dark cabinet, under our sink, so that’s why I’ve been able to use the clear bottles. As long as short-term products are stored out of direct sunlight, you should be okay.

  • One of my 2019 goals is to weed through the clutter of commercial cleaning and personal care items encumbering our shelves and cupboards. Another goal is to set up a workable planning system so I just added the link to this site to the “Projects” section of my planning binder. Thanks!!

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