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Using Liquid Castile Soap as an All-Purpose Cleaner

Using Liquid Castile Soap as an All-Purpose CleanerIn this installment of our series on The MANY Uses of Castile Soap, we are discussing how to use castile soap to make a safe and highly effective All-Purpose Cleaner.

All-purpose cleaner is a popular staple in many homes because it can be used for so many messes. Our all-natural recipe is safe for wiping down kitchen and bathroom countertops, making appliances sparkle, dusting off your dressers, and cleaning up almost any other non-porous surface in your home.

Avoiding illnesses, especially ones like the common cold or tummy upset, often comes down to reducing the bacteria in our environments. Wiping down the surfaces you touch the most frequently – like doorknobs, remote controls, furniture, etc. – can go a long way towards helping your family stay free from sickness.

All-purpose cleaner is the perfect solution to keeping a healthy home.

How to Use Liquid Castile Soap as An All-Purpose Cleaner

Preparation: Gather Your Materials

  • Choose your container.
    Note: We recommend picking a container with a lid that seals tightly because you will need to shake your cleaning mixture to combine the ingredients. We like to repurpose old, thoroughly cleaned, and rinsed spray bottles, but you can use any container you like. This recipe makes around eight ounces of All-Purpose Cleaner, but you can also scale it up or down as needed.
  • One cup of water (adjust as needed)
  • One tablespoon of liquid castile soap

Step 1:

Fill your container with one cup of fresh water.

Note: If you plan to store your solution for more than a few days, make sure to use filtered or distilled water to reduce the possibility of contaminants spoiling your cleaning spray. If you are using all of your cleaning sprays in a day or two, fresh tap water is perfectly fine.

Step 2:

Add one tablespoon of liquid castile soap to the container of water and shake until mixed. (If you are scaling up this recipe, don’t forget to increase your soap to one tablespoon for every cup of water.)

Note: You will likely notice that the solution turns white once the soap is added – this is to be expected. Put the lid on your container, make sure it is sealed tightly, and shake the mixture until thoroughly combined. The All-Purpose Cleaner will settle upon standing, but just give it another firm shake before use.

Step 3:

Clean all of the things!

This All-Purpose cleaner can be used all around the home, but we especially like it for:

  • Windows
  • Toilets
  • Floors
  • Countertops
  • And Other Hard Surfaces
  • Plus Makeup Brushes!

Step 4:

Follow up by wiping down your surfaces with DIY Vinegar Spray to clear away any soap or hard-water residue.

Use Castile as a Makeup Remover and Makeup Brush Cleaner

That’s right! One of our favorite things about our DIY castile-soap-based cleaning recipes is how multi-purpose they really are!

Because castile soap has an oil base, it makes a wonderful makeup remover without stripping your skin of its natural oils. Our probiotic castile soap also includes beneficial microorganisms like lactobacillus and bifidobacterium to help restore your skin’s microbiome, which is especially beneficial for the skin on your face!

When combined with water as in this recipe, the diluted castile soap provides a deep but gentle clean for even the most sensitive skin. This recipe can be used as-is as a makeup remover and face wash that is safe for daily use.

makeup brush cleanerYou can also use this all-purpose cleaner recipe to clean your used makeup brushes, sponges, and other beauty tools, too! Here’s how:

Step 1:

Wet your dirty brush, tool, or sponge under running water.

Note: Avoid submerging or leaving your beauty tools soaking in water because this can cause degradation of the materials, especially for any pieces that are held together with glue.

Step 2:

Once you’ve carefully wet the dirty portion of your tool, add a few drops of your cleaning solution and gently swirl around or squish in your hand until you see suds forming and color and product beginning to release.

Step 3:

After squeezing out as much color and product as possible, carefully rinse your brush, tool, or sponge until the water runs clear. If necessary, repeat this process a few times until all product has been removed from the brush or sponge. When cleaning your beauty tools, remember to be gentle so as to avoid tearing, fraying, tangling, or deforming the fibers.

Step 4:

Once clean, lay the tool flat on a clean towel to air-dry, or hang brushes upside-down if possible to help preserve their shape.

Check out our brand new Liquid Castile Soap in the “Soap + Shampoo Bars” section of our Growing Organic Shop. This is the latest addition to our Lactosoapcillus line of all-natural probiotic and vegan soaps, and you can count on it to deliver all of the same skin-loving probiotic benefits that you have come to love. We are happy to offer four customer-favorite, all-natural scents of liquid castile soap, including “Frankincense, Tea Tree & Lavender” “Lavender”, “Patchouli”, and “Peppermint and Eucalyptus”, as well as an “Unscented” option.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or feedback, as always please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Happy Cleaning!


  1. Maybe do a small Column on uses as an IPM, if any.

    • We will be doing an entire post on using castile soap as an IPM. Stay tuned! <3

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