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What is Castile Soap?

Castile soap is soap made from vegetable oil, rather than from animal fat or synthetic detergents. It originates from the Castile region of Spain (hence the name,) where it was made from local olive oil. Although olive oil is the traditional base oil, the soap can be made with coconut, hemp, avocado, almond, walnut, and many other vegetable oils.
Castile soap can be made as either a hard bar soap or a liquid soap and is incredibly versatile. And did I mention it’s completely biodegradable, natural, non-toxic and cleans gently and effectively?

There are infinite uses for this soap, from head-to-toe body care to everyday household cleaning. And the great news, a little goes a long way, making it great on the pocket.

In Nourish we stock Dr Bronner's Castile Soap, and today I’ll be sharing a few of my favourite ways to use this wonderfully versatile and natural soap, so let's get to it! 

Natural and Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Tips

Posted: Wed, 02 September 2015, 11:33

Making your own natural cleaning products is a great inexpensive, toxic-free way to ensure your house is free from unnecessary chemicals, plus it will smell divine!

These alternatives are easy to use and can be used safely in place of commercial household cleaning products.

This is just the tip of the ice burg, there are plenty of other fantastic ingredients to help clean but these are just to point you in the right direction.

Here are 5 ingredients you will need for environmentally friendly cleaning.

1. Vinegar

Vinegar is made from soured fruit juice, grain or wine.
It has natural disinfectant properties which makes it great for cleaning use around the house.

Vinegar can cut grease, remove stains and odours and even soften water.
It can also dissolve mineral deposits, grease and remove mildew or wax build up.
It’s fantastic for removing stains on carpets, countertops, pots and pans and makes a great window cleaner leaving no smears.

2. Baking Soda AKA Bicarbonate of Soda

It is a common ingredient in baking, but it doesn’t need to end there.

Baking soda is an all-purpose, non-toxic cleaner that is effective at removing stains, getting rid of dirt and grime and works as a mild abrasive for scouring stovetops, ovens, pots, pans and sinks.
It can clean and polish aluminium, chrome, porcelain, silver, stainless steel, tin and jewellery.
It can even be used as a deodorizer around the house and in the fridge to absorb unwanted smells.

Before vacuuming, sprinkle some on your carpets for added freshness and to help deodorize them. 

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