I’m all about making housework easier. I eat up any tip, trick, or hack like it’s candy and I figured you might be the same. That’s why, today, I’m sharing with you my Dr. Bronner’s soap uses & dilutions. This soap can be used for SO MANY things around the house it’s insane.
Why I use Dr. Bronner’s Soap
There are a few reasons why I use Dr. Bronner’s Soap for just about everything in my house.
One. Buying one product is easier than having to buy several. There’s a reason why all those “3-in-1” or “2-in-1” products are such a hit! Convenience is a lifesaver.
Two. It’s also a space saver. I use Dr. Bronner’s Soap for eight areas of my home. Before, this meant I had eight different bottles of cleaning product under my sink; now I just have one.
Three. It’s a clean, non-toxic product. The Environmental Working Group gave Dr. Bronner’s Soap a toxicity level of one (on a scale of 1-10; 1 being the least toxic). Dr. Bronner’s soaps are fair trade, organic, vegan, gluten free, and GMO free.
Four. What they stand for. Dr. Bronner’s is an amazing company. And while this post isn’t going to dive into all of their goodness, I will just touch on a few big ones. Their bottles are made from post-consumer recycled plastics. They are VERY conscious of their footprint as a business and use solar panels and strive for a zero waste company culture. Most of their ingredients are organic and come from fair trade farmers.
Autoimmune Disease Connection
Without diving too deep into the issues of conventional soap and autoimmune diseases (because I’m writing this post to show you all the awesome uses, not talk about how harmful most soaps are) here is basic overview.
Conventional soap knocks our immune system down in a couple ways. One, with toxic ingredients, two, with anti-bacterial/anti-microbial properties. Constant exposure to these products weaken our immune system, making us more susceptible to harmful bacteria and more prone to developing autoimmune diseases (and in our case, making use more prone to developing a second, third, or fourth autoimmune disease).
It’s for these reasons that when looking for a soap I make sure it’s NOT anti-bacterial (or anti-microbial) and that it doesn’t contain harmful ingredients.
Dr. Bronner’s Soap Uses and Dilutions
Dr. Bronner’s make a bunch of products. The two that I use are their Liquid Castile Soap and Sal Suds cleaner. I will typically use the Sal Suds Cleaner for household cleaning (like laundry detergent, washing the car, and cleaning floors & surfaces), and the Liquid Castile Soap for personal hygiene (like hand soap, body wash, and washing the dog). The Sal Suds cleaner has a bit higher of a PH making it a more powerful cleaner.
Jobs for Dr. Bonner’s Sal Suds Cleaner
2-3 Tablespoons of Sal Suds for a large load. If you add vinegar to your wash, wait until the rinse cycle to do so. Otherwise the vinegar will cause the ingredients in Dr. Bronner’s to separate and not work as well.
2. Cleaning Floors (Including wood)
½ Tablespoon of Sal Suds with 3 gallons of warm water.
3. Cleaning Surfaces (and toilet bowls)
1 Tablespoon of Sal Suds with 1 quart of water. I pour this mixture into a spray bottle so I don’t have to pre-mix it every time.
4. Dish Soap (for hand-washing dishes, NOT for the dishwasher)
¼ teaspoon of Sal Suds with 4 cups water (32 fl oz). I make a big batch of this and store it in an empty Dr. Bronner’s bottle so I don’t have to measure it out every time.
5. Washing the Car
½ Tablespoon of Sals Suds in a bucket of water (most car washing buckets are about 3 gallons).
*These above jobs can also be cleaned with Liquid Castile Soap, but the dilutions will be different since the Liquid Castile Soap isn’t as strong and has a lower Ph. Those new dilutions are listed below.
Jobs for Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap
1. Hand Soap
You will need to get a foaming soap dispenser (like this one) since the mixture is so thin. I pour 1 teaspoon into the dispenser and fill it with water (which is about 8.5 fl oz).
2. Body Wash (including face)
I put a few drops of the Liquid Castile Soap on a loofa or washcloth.
3. Washing The Dog
I don’t have a measured amount for this one. I just wet him down and put a few drops of the Liquid Castile Soap in my hand and lather him up.
1 Tablespoon of Liquid Castile Soap with ¼ Cup of water.
Out of Sal Suds, but have tons of Liquid Castile Soap and need to wash your floors and car and surfaces? You can use Liquid Castile Soap for that too, here are the dilutions.
- Laundry ⅓ – ½ cup of Liquid Castile Soap for a large load. If you add vinegar to your wash, wait until the rinse cycle to do so. Otherwise the vinegar will cause the ingredients in Dr. Bronners to separate and not work as well.
- Cleaning Floors (Including wood) & Washing the Car ½ cup of Liquid Castile Soap with 3 gallons of water
- Cleaning Surfaces (and toilet bowls) & Dish Soap (for hand-washing dishes, NOT for the dishwasher) ¼ cup of Liquid Castile Soap with 1 quart of water (about 4 cups). I pour this mixture into a spray bottle so I don’t have to pre-mix it every time.
Question of The Day
Do you use Dr. Bronner’s soap? What are some of your favorites uses?