18 Uses for Dr. Bronner’s Soaps!

Dr Bronner’s castile soaps claim to have “18-in-1 uses”, and we often get asked just what these are. We have asked the manufacturers, done some experimenting ourselves and come up with the following list:

Dr Bronners Liquid Soaps

1. SHAVING
Dilute one part liquid castile soap to two parts of water and massage into skin as a shaving lubricant.

2. SHAMPOO
Wet hair thoroughly and massage a small amount of liquid castile soap into your hands until a lather forms. Wash hair and rinse well.

3. DENTAL CLEANING
Put a single drop on your toothbrush (almond, peppermint, and citrus are nice flavours to use) and brush and rinse as per usual. This is great for sensitive teeth and gums, and will also clean dentures effectively.

4. BODY WASH
Wet skin and massage a small amount onto a cloth, loofah or sponge then wash and exfoliate at the same time. You can also just apply directly to the skin – you only need a tiny amount!

5. HOT TOWEL MASSAGE
For facial packs, scalp and soothing body rub, add a dash of liquid castile soap on a bath towel in sink of hot water. Wring the towel out and place it over the face & scalp. Massage with your fingertips. Repeat on each area of the body until the arms, legs & entire body have been massaged (using light strokes towards the heart.) Rinse the towel in plain hot water and massage again. Breathe deeply! Choose whichever scent makes your heart sing.

6. BATHING
Add a squirt to a bath tub of water at the beginning for bubbles, or after the bath has been drawn for a relaxing soak without bubbles. Rose is a divine fragrance for this use.

7. DEODORANT
Add 1-2ml (0.05 fl oz) to a spray bottle of water (125ml/4.2 fl oz) along with a teaspoon of Himalayan crystal salt for best results. Rose, Citrus, Lavender or Tea Tree are effective – or just choose whichever scent appeals from the range of eight!

8. BREATH FRESHENER
One or two drops in a spray bottle containing 50-125ml (1.7-4.2 fl oz) of distilled water helps to keep the breath fresh and prevent unhealthy bacteria from thriving in the gums and between the teeth. Peppermint, tea-tree, eucalyptus or citrus are great choices.

9. MOUTH WASH
Add 1 drop to a shot glass of water, swish and rinse. Peppermint, tea-tree, eucalyptus or citrus are great choices.

10. BABY WASH
Add a drop or two to a wet washcloth, or a couple of drops to the bathwater. Baby Mild is ideal as it is completely natural and fragrance-free.

11. AFTER-SHAVE
One or two drops in a spray bottle containing 50-125ml (1.7-4.2 fl oz) of distilled water helps to invigorate the skin and prevent shaving rash. Peppermint, Eucalyptus, or Tea Tree work well, or Baby Mild for sensitive skins.

12. HAND SOAP
Dilute anywhere from 1 part castile soap to 4 parts water through to 1:1. You can also use the full strength soap with a foaming dispenser. Any scent is ideal for this application.

13. FOOT SOAK
Add a tablespoon (15ml/0.5 fl oz) to a foot bath and relax! Peppermint is a great choice for hard or cracked heels, or use Tea Tree if fungal infections are a concern.

14. LAUNDRY WASH
For the laundry, use 1/4 cup (62.5ml) for top-loading machines (1/8 cup for front loaders – 31.3ml); adjust as needed depending on hardness of water. Adding a dash of baking soda may also help. Great for nappy washing, as it is all natural and won’t contribute to nappy-rash. Also delicate enough to use for hand wash items, such as silks and wool. Any scent works well, or unscented if you prefer.

15. PET WASH
Wet the coat of your pet thoroughly first then apply the liquid castile soap by massaging a small amount in your hands first until a lather is formed, then washing the hair/fur and rinsing clean afterwards. Can also be added to the wash water for ease of use (one squirt is plenty). Choose a stronger scent to help deter fleas and ticks, or Baby Mild if your pet has very sensitive skin.

16. FRUIT & VEGETABLE RINSE
Fill the sink with water and add a squirt of liquid castile soap to remove most chemical residues from fruit and vegetables. Baby Mild (unscented) is the best choice.

17. PEST SPRAY
Use 1-2 tablespoons/about 23ml per litre (0.7 fl oz per quart) of water in a spray bottle for garden pests (4-6 tablespoons per gallon). Citrus, Lavender, or Baby Mild work well.

18. HOUSEHOLD CLEANER
Dilute from one part soap into 40 parts water for light cleaning, to 1:1 or full strength for heavy-duty grease-dissolving jobs. Lavender, Citrus, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree work well – although Almond, Rose and Baby Mild are also great choices if you prefer those scents in your house (almond is a favourite around here – it smells just like marzipan!).

What is Castile Soap?

In earlier centuries, an all-vegetable based soap was made in the Castile region of Spain from local olive oil. By the turn of this century, “Castile” had come to mean any vegetable oil-based soap, versus animal (tallow) fat-based soap.

“Pure-Castile” is now also your guarantee that what you are using is a real ecological and simple soap, not a complex blend of detergents with a higher ecological impact due to the waste stream during manufacture and slower biodegradability. Unfortunately, many synthetic detergent blends are deceptively labeled as “Liquid Soap” even when they contain absolutely no soap whatsoever.

Dr Bronner’s soaps are 100% true pure-castile soaps. The high foaming lather of these soaps is from their high coconut oil content, which makes a more luxurious and rich lather than any detergent can ever create. The ingredients are certified organic, fair trade and 100% vegan using no detergents, foaming agents or animal testing. They are packaged using 100% post-consumer recycled plastic.

Dr Bronner’s liquid castile soaps are available in 8 different scents: Rose, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Citrus, Almond, Lavender, Peppermint, and Baby Mild (unscented).

Ingredients: Water, Saponified Organic Coconut and Olive Oils (retaining natural glycerin content), Organic Hemp Seed Oil, Organic Jojoba Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Vitamin E, may also contain organic essential oils.

Water, Saponfied Organic Coconut and Olive Oils (retaining natural glycerin content), Organic Hemp Seed Oil, Organic Jojoba Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Vitamin E.
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40 thoughts on “18 Uses for Dr. Bronner’s Soaps!

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  2. I bought a bottle years ago for use on my delicates; however, I tried it today with a little bit of aloe vera gel as a toothpaste. I can’t believe how clean and fresh my teeth feel! This is amazing I don’t know if I will use traditional toothpaste again.

  3. Hi Laura – I’m pleased that you like the Dr Bronner’s as a tooth soap, I love it too. Great for gum health. Many people are a bit challenged by the idea of brushing their teeth with soap, so good on you for giving it a go! Which flavour/scent of soap did you use?

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    • Hi Nat – I don’t rinse it off, the solution for floors is so dilute that you don’t need to (about one part soap to 40 parts water works just fine – use a stronger ratio if you are needing to clean up something particularly dirty or greasy). Of course if you prefer to rinse with water after you have cleaned your floors, I know some people do, then go for it!

    • Hi there – Oh no! Fortunately I haven’t had this issue. I do back everything up daily, but unfortunately I’m not techy enough to give you any great ideas…your site looks great by the way :)

  5. so i bought my first castile soap today- I think lavender because I wasn’t sure which one to get :( anyways, so this is safe to put into your mouth – like for brushing teeth- if you accidently swallow a little it won’t hurt? The vitamin E must be edible type then?

    • Hi Jamie, It is difficult to choose which scent with such a range… I quite like the rose, the almond (reminds me of marzipan!), or the baby mild/unscented since it is quite versatile. This is most definitely food grade and safe for using in your mouth. So, yes – if you swallow a teensy bit when brushing your teeth, it won’t do you any harm :) Next time, maybe try the peppermint for tooth brushing? You can get Dr Bronner’s in little travel-sized bottles now too – I saw them when I was in Melbourne recently – perfect for a toothpaste replacement!

  6. This is the Best soap EVER! Originally I bought a bar of the baby mild to clean my dry body brush with, but upon noticing how natural it is, decided to use it for my body instead :D
    I bought the liquid peppermint soap today and Im super excited to start using it for ,like, everything :P it’s nice to feel good about what your putting onto (and ultimately INto) your body :)

  7. My brother is suffering with stage 4 cancer. The thought of using a pinesol type or a bleach to keep his quarters clean is unheard of. With all his suffering to add a strong chemical smell to his room is torment . Dr Bronner’s soap cleans his room and his body, keeping him clean and comfortably breathing great smelling air. I wouldn’t use anything else. Don’t be afraid to use this fine product on your loved one, should they be ill. After visiting this page , I think I’ll be trying it on his dental care. My thoughts to anyone dealing with this dreadful illness.

    • Hi there – I also love the Tooth Soap range, specifically created for oral care. They have tooth soap shreds, liquid, gel, and whip in a huge range of flavours! These last for ages, in fact, there were only four different flavours and two types of product the last time I ordered and I am only just about to run out…cinnamon and spearmint are my favourites. http://toothsoap.com. Your brother is blessed to have you looking out for him.

  8. Would any of these soaps work to get rid of lice? My daughter’s been battling lice for a couple of months….NOTHING works medicated lice treatments, olive oil, etc.!!!! HELP!!!

    • Hi Kim, I haven’t actually tried Dr Bronner’s soaps for lice. To be honest, I’m not sure that they would kill the nits/eggs.

      The best method I have ever found for getting rid of lice and their eggs (short of shaving the head, which I’m sure your daughter is NOT keen on!), is to painstakingly go through the hair every day and remove each egg from the shaft of the hair using your fingers, then drop the egg/nit into a bowl of boiling water with a few drops of either tea tree or eucalyptus essential oil in it. When my kids bring home these creepy crawlies, I actually use a strap on head torch for my search if I am doing this at night time – which is usually the case! During the day, being out in good sunlight will help to to see the eggs, since they have a slight shine about them.

      For the adult lice, the most effective method seems to be to saturate the hair with conditioner (you can add a couple of drops of tea tree to this as well) and then use a special head lice comb to go through the hair and trap the adult lice – rinsing the comb in a bowl of boiling water as described earlier, then wiping it thoroughly with a cloth (or paper towel, which you can burn afterwards for extra protective measure) to remove any eggs or hangers on before you return the comb to the hair.

      Following these methods, wash the hair thoroughly – this is where the Dr Bronner’s soaps or shampoos would be useful – using the tea tree, peppermint, or eucalyptus soap. If you can source a neem based treatment, or prevention product, this is one herb that is fantastic at helping to kill and deter this annoying little parasite. You could even make your own neem rinse using the bark or leaves brewed as a strong tea to rinse the hair with following a wash.

      I hope that this helps – we have had more than our fair share of these little critters over the last 10 years or so too!

      • Here is a sure way to get rid of lice after having it in my house where I and two of my daughters had it. of course this has nothing to do with this awesome soap but this WILL work. Drowned and I mean drowned your hair scalp to tip in olive oil until you/they are dripping, and wrap your head snug, in a plastic or trash bag depending on how long the hair is and wear it as soon as you find them and it over night. This will cause the adults and nymphs to suffocate and drowned in the oil and kill them. Then wash (with DR Bonner’s?) and comb out your hair to get them out and allow you hair to be greasy for a few day. Lice don’t like it, I have done the research, lice love clean hair and will not lay eggs in anything cut too close to the scalp. As for the nits, rinse your hair in white vinegar, and comb them out with a nit or flea comb. The vinegar loosen the stuff the lice use to anchor the nit to the shaft of the hair. you may have to do this for how ever long it takes to get rid of the lice, but be sure that you douse the scalp with vinegar then comb. I did this with myself and girls and a friend’s whole family that caught lice a few years after us. It works, don’t use the stuff the Doc gives you its not safe its a poison designed to kill bugs, why would you want to put that on your kid? . Follow this method, you will NOT have a repeat out break. If your child has gotten them repeatedly before find a nice smelling hair oil to lightly coat the hair with when you brush it out daily. Again, lice HATE it! It works! best of luck God bless!

  9. thanks so much for posting this, I have been looking for something to replace a lot of toxic chemicals in my home for a few days now, and thanks to this page, I’m ready to throw all that stuff away and get some Dr. Bronner’s. I’ll probably go with the peppermint and lavender. Thanks again for posting!!

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  11. You can use mayonnaise on the hair to suffocate the head lice use as much as possible coat the hair, then put a shower cap over the hair let stay on hair for 8 hrs. Wash out with the peppermint as shampoo form, get a baby fine hair comb put tea tree oil in small spray bottle and comb out all nits. This is the best way to rid your child of lice.

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  14. My best use, or suggestion for the tea tree castile soap is on my yoga mat. I attend hot yoga 3-4 days a week, and I spray this on my yoga towel and mat before rolling it up. When I unroll, it smells so fresh. Bathing my dog with it is my next best use. It’s good for lots of things. –
    Cindy

    • Hi cindy! just wondering, what is the dilution you’re using to clean your mat like this? how many parts dr. bronner’s to water? :) i have recently gone back to hot yoga but quickly realized i need to find a good way to clean / sanitize my mat! thanks so much for your help :)

  15. I’ve been using Dr bronners soap for about a year now, and i love it, but didn’t realize the different uses. I’ve only been using it as a body wash and shampoo. I just wanted to know if it would be safe for me to use as mouthwash or dental cleaning when pregnant.

  16. I bought this to use as a body wash. Can i use this safely on all my sensitive areas, such as vagina and anus? Or am I in for a lot of hurt?

    • Yes you can, however, I would recommend to stay away from the stronger scents (peppermint, tea tree, eucalyptus), as these can be a bit too strong for sensitive areas. Your best bet is to dilute the soap down – I use a foaming pump with mine and use a ratio of about 1 part Dr. Bronner’s to 3 or 4 parts water.

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  18. Hi I had my first experience with Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap back in 1995 when my cousin shared his many uses with me. I haven’t put it down since!

    • Hi Mark – The usual recommendation is about 6 tablespoons per gallon (23ml per litre) for using as a bug spray. You can also add in other pest-repellent plants to your brew, such as garlic, hot peppers, ginger, rhubarb leaves…that sort of thing. Good luck!

  19. Hello. I just bought the tea tree one, I was just wondering if its safe to clean a piercing and brush teeth with ?

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  21. the peppermint is ah-may-zing after any type of workout, which for me is hot yoga! i first discovered dr. bronner’s soaps when i first tried yoga a few years ago, and the studio had it in soap dispensers in the showers for customers to use…it cleanses your skin and makes it feel incredibly fresh…i feel like a walking peppermint afterward! :D very refreshing and invigorating, and yet the scent is relaxing and comforting at the same time. I am curious to try the Baby Mild for other uses…i didn’t know you could use dr. bronner’s for tooth care? I hope that this is enough to truly clean the bacteria and plaque that builds up on teeth??

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