Castile soap is one of the most popular soaps among environmentally-friendly home owners. Made from vegetable oils, castile soap is non-toxic, biodegradable and exceedingly friendly to the earth, compared to regular commercial soaps.
Castile soap is originally named after olive oil-based soaps from Castile, Spain. Nowadays, olive, coconut, hemp and walnut oils are being used and are effective against dirt and grime. Castile soaps are almost relatively more alkaline than other cleaners like bleach or tile cleaners.
In contrast, regular commercial soaps are usually made from some kind of animal fat and contain harsh detergents. Thus, castile soaps are non-toxic, cruelty-free and can be used for a wide variety of cleaning needs.
How Does It Work?
When the soap molecules from castile soap are combined with water, they create charged atoms that attract dirt and other non-water soluble molecules.This makes castile soaps very effective for cleaning oily surfaces, kitchen pots and pans and other greasy items.
In fact, Dr. Bronners (a well-known castile soap brand) outlines 18 different ways that castile soap can be used in the house and for personal care. It can be used for cleaning the house, as laundry detergent, body soap and shampoo amongst other things.
Castile soap is also non-toxic and is safe enough to be used on pets and babies.
Benefits of Castile Soaps - Why You Should Use Them
Made from natural ingredients, castile soap is great for those, especially for those who are environmentally-friendly, those with skin allergies and those who don’t want to use toxic cleaning agents.
Some of the benefits of castile soaps are:
Versatile and affordable
As mentioned above, castile soaps are natural cleaning agents that can be used for a wide range of cleaning purposes, including as a body soap and shampoo. They can also be used to clean your household surfaces like your floors and countertops, to wash your pots and pans, as a vegetable wash, as a laundry detergent and more.
Since most castile soaps are quite concentrated, you can dilute the soap as needed for each different cleaning purpose. Because they are so concentrated, you also don’t need to use much of it for each round of cleaning, thus saving on money by using the same product for varying uses.
Castile soaps are mostly made up of a soap base of vegetable oils and other non-toxic natural ingredients. They also do not contain any parabens and other chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfates (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) found in commercial soaps.
They are mostly natural mild cleansers with no detergent, surfactants or synthetic chemicals, which make them great for people with sensitive skin. They are also gentle enough to be used on pets and babies.
Similarly, using chemicals in soaps like triclosan, parabens, phthalates, fragrances and Sodium Laurel Sulfate(SLS) can be harmful to the environment as well as our skin. These chemicals may not be properly treated in the wastewater treatment plants and enter our freshwater ecosystems. They can further disrupt the aquatic food chain, increasing resistant bacteria, creating toxic dioxins and contaminating marine life and water sources.
Using environmentally-friendly and non-toxic soaps like castile soaps can change this situation.
Castile soaps are also cruelty-free as they do not contain any animal fat or tallow in the soaps. Most commercials soaps contain ‘sodium tallowate’, which is an animal-based ingredient from beef or sheep fat used as an emulsifier. Often this ingredient can be harsh on your skin and not moisturising, compared to natural ingredients like plant-based oils.
In actual fact, animal fats are not essential to the soap-making process. Fat could come from anywhere, including simple plant-based oils like vegetable oil, coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil, palm oil and so on. Using castile soap can eliminate this factor altogether and ensure you are protecting animals from any cruelty from the soap production process.
We Recommend Blessed Soaps®️ castile soap
Nature’s Glory brand The Blessed Soaps®️ ticks all the boxes when it comes to castile soaps. It is versatile and affordable, non-toxic, environmentally friendly and cruelty-free. Furthermore, our castile soap formulation is moisturising for the skin, promotes cell repair and anti-ageing, concentrated and high cleansing effects.
Moreover, the Blessed Soaps® are certified organic by NASAA. They contain food-grade natural ingredients such as organic shea butter, olive oil, coconut oils, aloe vera and pure essential oils. The Blessed Soaps ® also do not contain any GMOs, parabens, dimethicones, SLS, artificial colours or fragrances.Coming in 6 scents, The Blessed Soaps®️ castile soap range is affordable and pleasing to use. Pick one of the 6 scents for your own use and start soaping away!