Photo: What is castile soap?

Castile soap is made from vegetable oils, like olive. (Credit: Lindsay Coulter)

A Canadian couple living in the Rockies who wanted to stay home and raise their kids started making soap in their basement.

Nina George, owner of Mountain Sky answers your questions about castile soap.

What is castile soap?

It's named for Castile, Spain, a region renowned for its olive oil. Castile bar soap was traditionally made with olive oil and animal fat. Today, solid and liquid forms are made with vegetable oils like coconut, hemp, jojoba, and olive. (Lindsay warns to avoid palm oil which is causing orangutans to go exinct.)

Beware: the term "castile" is used loosely. Purchase those made from vegetable-based ingredients and free from over processed detergents!

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What makes castile soap eco-friendly?

Authentic castile soap is made of plant oils, based on recipes invented long ago. Oils are mixed with an alkali—sodium hydroxide for solid soap and potassium hydroxide for liquid. Detergents and contemporary cleansers have only been around since the advent of modern manufacturing processes and the surge in petrochemical use.

Castile soap is gentle on you and the environment because it's free of artificial foaming agents, harsh cleansers, deconstructed fatty acids from vegetable oils or fats (aka oleochemicals), petrochemicals and/or chemical anti-bacterial agents (like triclosan). It's also biodegradable. Liquid castile soap is so versatile, you'll wonder how you lived without it so long.

Beware: many synthetic cleansers and body washes pose as "liquid soap" but don't contain authentic plant-based liquid castile soap.

How is liquid castile soap made?

At Mountain Sky, we mix vegetable oils with potassium hydroxide and stir for about six hours. Then the mixture is diluted. The manufacturing process is that simple and leaves little waste. The natural glycerin is retained to create a mild but effective soap that has natural antibacterial properties.

You can also make your own liquid castile soap. (The Queen of Green found this how-to video online but hasn't tried it...yet.)

Is castile soap vegan and not tested on animals?

Vegans can stick with liquid or bar castile soap made from vegetable oils. And many brands are not tested on animals—including Mountain Sky. You can always check for Leaping Bunny certification.

Where can I buy castile soap?

Many organic grocers and health food stores sell castile soap in liquid and bar form. You can also source it online, including made-in-Canada Mountain Sky varieties.

Do you use liquid castile soap for home cleaning, shampoo, body wash, or camping?

Lindsay Coulter, Queen of Green

March 4, 2012

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Nov 01, 2016
11:38 AM

Say NO! To palm oil

Sep 17, 2016
4:15 AM

Detergents and contemporary cleansers have only been around since the advent of modern manufacturing processes and the surge in petrochemical use.

Jul 15, 2016
2:55 PM

I’m surprised you represent palm oil as environmentally valid. The population of gorillas has diminished substantially as they are shot and killed for simply walking out into the palm fields. Their habitat is being removed so that more palm oil can be produced. It’s horrific and no reasonable person would ever use a product containing palm oil.

May 24, 2016
5:33 AM

So…I’ve just discover that the soap our grandmas make is now a thing, and I hope I can clarify a bit on it’s recent history.

The handmade soap tradition we know today comes from the post civil-war era that left rural communities in poverty and isolated, so they resorted to make their own soap among other things. Back then, the only oil used in Spanish cooking was olive oil, so the base was 100% olive oil. After the 60’s sunflower oil became the cheapest and more popular option for deep frying, so people started using it in their soaps as well, usually gathering and mixing all culinary oil leftovers to make a big batch of soap.

Since the oils had been used in cooking prior to soap making, this soap was mostly used for washing and not for the skin. But it was used to wash everything, from kitchen tools to clothes. In my family we still get this recycled soap in large chunks when we visit the countryside, and to this day we still use it for hand washing cloths.

In my purist opinion, Castilla soap has to be 100% olive based to be the true descendant of the Aleppo soap that caused a sensation after the crusades. But, since it’s recent history is more about recycling, I think most sustainable vegetable cooking oils can be included in the formula as long as olive oil is the main base ingredient.

*To answer to the comment below: Yes, potassium hydroxide is a chemical, same as sodium hydroxide. But they are simply the modern version of traditional sodium and potassium salts that used to be extracted from the ashes of certain hard woods and plant species. You simply can’t have soap without these alkali.
But fear not. Potassium Hydroxide is actually more gentle than sodium, hydroxide, being able to carry more cleaning agents and being easier to dilute. And, while sodium hydroxide indeed has a bite and can cause skin irritation if not handled properly, soap bars go through a long curing process to make sure all the alkali has disappeared from the soap before using it.

Mar 16, 2016
9:50 AM

I thought Potassium HYDROXIDE was a chemical?! How is this castille soap healthy?

Jan 13, 2016
10:07 AM

Excellent product for my garden.

Jan 11, 2016
8:51 AM

Hi there,

My son has some eczema and I was wondering which liquid castile soap would be best? He is 20 months.


Jan 04, 2016
4:06 PM

I would like to live a more healthy life. I would like to subscribe.

Nov 29, 2015
9:44 PM

Just wondering… why use bar soap instead of just using liquid. Please suggest if there is any benefit of soap over liquied for best and relevant offers on products please visit

Sep 29, 2014
10:49 AM

The best recipe found for glycerine castile soap made at home after researching a couple of days is the one found on this youtube link. It is simple, with all the ingredients properly presented and the easiest straightforward presentation. Very professionally done. Thank you very much for the woman posting this demo on you tube!

Jun 23, 2014
2:35 AM

Hello there.

Was interested in castile soap but then I read it contains palm oil. Is this correct, and if ‘yes’ where do you get the palm oil from? I do not wish to buy a product that fund the deforestation of the rainforests and subsequently loss of habitat for (especially) the orangutans!

Jun 15, 2014
10:16 PM

Is it true that castile soap can regrow or make your hair thicker??? In other words if a man was going bald can it help with the hair regrowth.I use it to shower with and I love it,did

Mar 17, 2014
7:53 AM

I use Castile soap to make my laundry soap got the past year. I’ve got to try more home made recipes

Mar 02, 2014
7:00 PM

Intrinsic hand crafted soaps! Our hand crafted soap is made using a cold process where all ingredients are mixed at low temperature. This process ensures all the natural goodness from the base oil and essential oil is retained, which is better for your skin.

Feb 25, 2014
10:12 AM

It is wonderful to discover that natural and pure Castile soap is created right here in BC. I live in Victoria, and am wondering if it is possible to purchase your products in any health food stores here, or must it be purchased only on line? I can hardly wait to try your product. I have tried Dr. Bonner’s and don’t like it at all! It leaves a heavy greasy waxy ring in the tub, and I don’t feel clean afterwards. I hope that your Castile soap will be different.

Feb 23, 2014
12:26 AM

Thanks for more information on castile soap. I posted a recipe for an all purpose cleaner on Facebook which uses castile soap. I used my companies essential oils but wanted to know which soap to recommend. See Cure Oils at

Feb 19, 2014
9:20 PM

We started using liquid castile soap on our baby and was so amazed that we started using it on ourselves and haven’t looked back since :)

Feb 19, 2014
1:41 PM

I LOVE LOVE LOVE liquid castile soap! I’ve been using it in a couple of brands for forty years now….since I first married. I love so many of the natural scents……eucalyptus for that FIVE minute SPA I only have time for each morning, and while I’m showering, I’m letting the same germ killing power clean my toilet with a squirt and a quick brush….the peppermint that energizes me while doing the breakfast dishes also gets me going by brushing my teeth with it…..the lavender that gently washes my undergarments, tenderly shampoos my hair…..The almond that calms and soothes with either dinner dishes (yes, I use it in my dishpan -I also use the bar soap- AND my dishwasher) each nite or the deep soaking bath afterwards…or both. It’s in all my DIY natural cleaning recipes I’ve been using for years. Ahhhhhh, the list goes on and on. Castile soap….how do i love thee? Let me count the ways!!!

Jan 28, 2014
7:43 AM

Thanks for posting. I have been trying to eliminate chemicals in our lives by making my own soap and dish soap etc.

Jan 14, 2014
7:48 PM

I’m so excited that I found this website!! I’ve been looking to eliminate harsh chemicals and cleaners from our home, and start using natural products! I’ve spent over a 1/2 hour on the site and have learned a ton!! THANK YOU!!

Dec 19, 2013
4:08 AM

I love this blog. You can get all pure natural elements soaps in this site. Be interested in pure natural elements soaps! That makes your skin moisturized and soft. To get more information visit

Dec 04, 2013
11:02 PM

Love Dr.Bronner’s Magic Bar Soap, peppermint. Wish someone would make mint / peppermint deodorant. Everything else is too strongly floral and who wants to smell of their obvious deodorant?

Oct 28, 2013
10:10 PM

Wow, sounds great! I’ve been playing around with liquid castile soap and essential oils and have had great results. Ive made from olive oil, coconut, avocadoe…I have also come across a great unique BC soap maker called Lucianme (www lucianme com) that have cool designs with eco, vegan products!

Oct 28, 2013
5:54 PM

I use Castile for all my cleaning and I love it! My husband who is very sensitive to scents and other crap in soaps, uses castile for washing and he loves it as well.

Oct 28, 2013
5:38 PM

After I finish off my bin of Charlie’s Soap I will be making my own laundry detergent!! I’ve been thinking about making my own shampoo and hand soap as well as it might be more cost effective than the organic and biodegradable soaps I purchase at the moment. I make my own household cleaners, but still have never used castille soap!

Oct 28, 2013
4:58 PM

I’ve made my own bar and liquid castile soap! It’s cool to see my hobby is Suzuki-approved! :D

Oct 28, 2013
4:47 PM

I’ve given using castile soap a lot of thought, I don’t like how my hair feels after shampooing and maybe this will work. I also have sensitivities and have been learning how to do things naturally, this is the next step.

Oct 28, 2013
12:47 PM

Thanks to your past blog posts, I have been experimenting with liquid castile soap over the years. I use it religiously to make my shampoo, dog shampoo, hand soap, all-purpose cleaning spray and laundry detergent. I would never go back. It’s a source of pride for me, making these things (I’m not exactly a domestic diva), and I feel like in doing so I’m caring for the health of my partner, our two dogs, myself and our local and global environment.

So happy to see this type of post back on the Queen of Green’s blog!

Oct 28, 2013
9:56 AM

Thanks to your past blog posts, I have been experimenting with liquid castile soap over the years. I use it religiously to make my shampoo, dog shampoo, hand soap, all-purpose cleaning spray and laundry detergent. I would never go back. It’s a source of pride for me, making these things (I’m not exactly a domestic diva), and I feel like in doing so I’m caring for the health of my partner, our two dogs, myself and our local and global environment.

So happy to see this type of post back on the Queen of Green’s blog!

Jul 19, 2013
12:04 PM

A lot of people like to make their own but there is some who don’t have the patience and/or time to do so. I myself like to get my castile soap from Still all natural and without the chemicals of harsh soap.

Feb 24, 2013
10:10 AM

Some of my family members, including myself, have developed many allergies over the years. I am so glad I found this site. Thank you for caring enough for our environment that you would offer these great recipes to all of us.

Jan 04, 2013
12:00 PM

I am a dog groomer and a couple of months ago I started to do research on making my own dog shampoo, many of the recipes have Castile soap listed and I remembered my mother saying thats all they used years and years ago for everything. I am so happy to have come across this site so I know the origin of Castile Soap. I bought Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap lavender scent but haven’t made any dog shampoo yet but plan to start experimenting soon. The Mountain Sky almond scent sounds really nice too, is it sold in Ontario? I am looking forward to being able to offer my clients a totally natural product that helps keep their dogs coat healthy.

Jan 02, 2013
3:35 PM

how do you check the PH of the soap?

Dec 09, 2012
4:49 AM

I was on pinterest looking for a quick and easy way to make body wash. Next thing I know it’s 6:00 am, I haven’t been to bed yet and I’m on the internet trying to find out what castile soap is. Of course now I have to have castile soap in my body wash……after I get sleep. Good night

Nov 21, 2012
11:20 AM

Totally disagree. Castile soap has to be 100% olive oil, nothing else.

Nov 12, 2012
2:03 AM

One of our popular varieites is the natural soaps which has had extensive media coverage and is great for people with sensitive skin or any skin conditions such as exzema or dermatitis. Why not try it for yourself.

Nov 05, 2012
2:04 AM

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps is the best selling natural soap certified organic under … dr bronners magic soaps … Dr. Bronner's Magic Pure Castile Classic Soaps …

Oct 25, 2012
11:10 PM

Hi Olive oil is really good for skin and so is the castle soap made of olive oil. Thanks Lindsay

Oct 24, 2012
7:45 PM

Hi Lindsay. Great article! I used it in a post about Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap on my website:


Oct 09, 2012
11:18 PM

Someone thought you could buy Kirk's castile soap at Target, so I went looking today. …. The Green Living Tips blog hydrogen peroxide tips list has several uses for … Strain, pour liquid into bottle, and use on any surface but glass.

Sep 28, 2012
10:15 AM

Your Green Seal link was not working when I tried to access their webpage on the info re Dishwasher soap Also what is a recommended toothpaste without triclosan or other harmful ingredients?

Aug 31, 2012
3:55 AM

Helpful tips.body care soaps.

Jun 08, 2012
9:27 AM

Is castille soap effective in hard wate? I live in a very hard water area. I remember my mother using castille soap in the 50's but gave up on it and I think it was because it just created a lot of insoluble scum.

May 01, 2012
4:04 PM

I am so fortunate to live so close to the "Mountain Sky" Company. It is stocked in our local grocery store. I have used "Kali Spice" for years and my son has always been washed with liquid "Honey Almond."

Apr 30, 2012
11:48 AM

Thanks for the info on castile soap. Also I hope you can answer an inquiry. I am looking for a countertop clothes washer that doesn't use electricity. There is one in the States called the Wonder Washer and I'm wondering if it is available here in Canada. If you know of another brand that can be purchased in Canada I would love to know this also. Thanks so much for your help.

Apr 28, 2012
3:38 PM

Can you please tell me what washing soda is and where to purchase. I see it is used in several cleaning recipes. Thanks.

Apr 24, 2012
1:25 PM

When/where can I find this information in French? It's important if I am to influence my family. We are a dual-language household.

Apr 18, 2012
2:52 PM

I just subscribed to the Queen of Green and saw this article. I use Olivier products, olive-oil-based soaps, creams, hair products, etc. made here in New Brunswick. They are wonderful: my complexion and my hair have never looked this good!

As to sunscreen: I use one made by Green Beaver. No scent

Apr 15, 2012
8:04 AM

I have noticed on many natural soap containers (dish, hair, body, cleaners) that they will list sodium laurel sulfate but follow it up with (vegetable source). As a consumer and student of natural health I find this very confusing. Is the chemical makeup the same? Does it still pose the same dangers? Is it sourced from the same thing? As a family living with cancer, these questions are very important to me and I would really like some clarification on this and any other "chemicals" that are listed as "vegetable source" on a natural product to inform me once and for all about it's safety. I work in a natural store and I am asked this quite often and don't always trust the answers from the manufacturers. Thanks for your time. Roxanne.

Apr 11, 2012
8:56 PM

Castille soap is awesome for so many uses. It is not drying, and works well on aging skin.

Apr 11, 2012
10:56 AM

I've used Castile liquid soap before and wondered how I had forgotten about it?! I have the Honey Almond liquid Castile soap from Mountain Sky and it is so lovely to use. It's great for cleaning the skin, hair, and even for the face! It doesn't dry my skin out or my hair like other soaps and shampoos. It's all I need.

Apr 10, 2012
4:15 PM

Mankind has been living on this planet for thousands of years and Castile soap has most likely been around for thousands of years as well. When you think about it the environment became more filthy in the past 100 or so years. My conclusion is stick with the old and out with the new. Live more natural and leave the unnatural.

Apr 05, 2012
5:25 PM

shank You for posting the link for the 'how-to' video on making one's own castile soap. I'm excited to test it out!s

Apr 05, 2012
12:15 PM

I've been using Mountain Sky soaps for several months and find them to be very pleasant. A superb product line! I'm happy that there are options available that allow us to avoid/boycott the worst offenders.

Apr 05, 2012
2:01 AM

We have switched to castille soap in our household. Any personal care product we think of buying now we look it up on They have a database of 60,000 products from makeup to shampoos and toothpaste where they list the level of toxicity, ingredients etc. …very handy!

The least toxic shampoo they list is a scent-free product from Olivier Soapery ( We use Olivier's shampoo which is awesome and their castille soap which we can buy online.

Once we started thinking about the chemicals we were putting on our bodies and clothes we were amazed at the number of toxins we were exposing ourselves to.

Apr 03, 2012
10:21 PM

I took on the task of going chemical free about two years ago when I switched my household cleaning agents to environmentally friendly products especially ones made in Canada. Then I took on the task of cleaning up my personal care products. I discovered that castile soap can be used for anything! I use it on my body and my hair as well as a household cleaner. It leaves my hair squeaky clean but doesn't dry it out. It does the same for my sensitive skin. It works wonderfully in my bathroom even on tough tub grime. I simply squirt some on a micro fibre cloth and wipe away! I get scented castile soap and my bathroom smells wonderful! As well, I dilute castile soap for my laundry soap — my clothes have never been cleaner! It doesn't make a lot of suds but I have gotten used to that and realize that I don't need that either! It is so versatile that I recommend it to anyone wanting to "go green and clean". I must confess though, I have not tried to brush my teeth with it — they say you can. I believe it but going clean with my oral hygiene has been the toughest battle for me — trying to go without those sweeteners in my toothpaste has pushed me to the edge! But I continue to try and get used to new things and better things for both me and the environment. Castile soap is the best!

Apr 03, 2012
11:30 AM

Quick question: I use all green cleaners, but I still have a collection of the nasty stuff. Any suggestions on what to do with them? Thanks!

Apr 03, 2012
10:06 AM

Does Castile soap leave a residue, soap scum? My family and I are presently using Dove because it doesn't cause any allergy or dry skin problems and the soap scum is manageable. I realize that Castile soap is probably a better alternative because it is natural, but I am also the one who has to scrub the tub/shower so I am looking for something that is low/no soap scum.

Mar 21, 2012
11:34 AM

I started making my laundry soap with castile soap following the Queen of Green recipe. We use it for many things. After reading this I decided to switch to Mountain Sky, because it's a family company, because it's Canadian and because I love the story of how the company started. Off to buy some now…

Mar 14, 2012
5:17 PM

And the winners are…Jennifer and Sarah! Thanks to everyone who took the time to read and write! And stay tuned for our spring home cleaning campaign. You're going to love it! Lindsay

Mar 11, 2012
11:48 AM

Appreciate the information on castile soap and several reminders about avoiding palm oil because this ingredient is linked to severe deforestation and related negative impacts. A useful information link for more info is

Mar 11, 2012
6:08 AM

I purchased Castile Soap for the first time many years ago because I heard it was good for the environment. We recently moved and I found it in my cupboards and I'm now using it to make my own shampoo. Love it!

Mar 10, 2012
10:59 AM

A longtime fave….

Mar 10, 2012
12:11 AM

What I would suggest is that you are not really suggesting "Castile" soap as a green alternative but plant based natural soaps. The only thing your definition of Castile gives is some percentage of Olive Oil in the formulation. Using the word "Castile" in this fashion is a little misleading and not really necessary. What should be seen on the label is various vegetable oils and sodium hydroxide (bar) or potassium hydroxide (liquid).

Mar 09, 2012
7:29 PM

nice to have more products for sensitive skin

Mar 09, 2012
6:11 PM

Natural lavender soap sounds so nice.

Mar 09, 2012
4:33 PM

My children have inspired me to make better choices for our family…tough choices in cost and time, but living on less and cooking from scratch is becoming our new normal. Finding safe, affordable cleaning products like Castile soap for ourselves and our home is wonderful. Thank you for pointing them out for us and thank you Mountain Sky for making them available :) Thank you to my children for opening my eyes to the world…luv you

Mar 09, 2012
4:18 PM

I've recently jumped on the Castile soap idea due to some allergic reactions to all the chemicals in my life! We've been using it in shampoo recipes, as a body wash, household cleaner, and hand soap. We've been using castile soap on my children for washing too! Sure beats pouring chemical laden 'baby' shampoos on them! Fingers crossed…I haven't tried a lavender scented variety yet!!

Mar 09, 2012
3:48 PM

Love castille soap! Thanks for a great article!

Mar 09, 2012
2:53 PM

Awesome! I started making my own products for myself (e.g., shampoo, conditioner, laundry and dishwasher detergent, shave cream), and while I am still experimenting, veggie castille soap is always a key ingredient to keep me creative and eco friendly!

Mar 09, 2012
2:11 PM

Mountain Sky products are all we use in our home (we are lucky to live very close to their business). Castile soap has so many uses. Wonderful to take camping (all your bases are covered if you've got that with you).

Mar 09, 2012
1:46 PM

Thanks for this great info! I know Dr. Bronner's castile bar soaps are on sale @ my local Whole Foods Market this weekend, so I'm going to go pick some up. Can't wait to try it after hearing about it for so long!!

Mar 09, 2012
1:01 PM

I am excited to try this. I have become increasingly perplexed and worried about what I have been putting on my skin and that of my 8 month babies skin. We both have eczema. Therefore, I have started making my own baby wipes and next on my list is soap. Thanks for the "how to".

Mar 09, 2012
12:41 PM

That sounds absolutely wonderful. I have never tried castile soap, but intend to pick some up this weekend :) Thanks for the blog post, I learned a ton :) Hope I win, lavender is a lovely scent :)

Mar 09, 2012
12:19 PM

Wow! Was searching for information this week on this soap…and pow, a reliable source. Thanks

Mar 09, 2012
12:15 PM

I use castile soap shampoos and bodywash :) love it!

Mar 09, 2012
7:36 AM

I recall my grandmother using castile soap when I was very little — and after that, I guess it went out of favour with all the mass produced perfumed chemical products that seemed to clean so easily. But I recall it being very stinky. I am going to try to learn more and would love to win some lavendar scented castile soap. Am wondering how it will do in the winter when our skin gets so dry!

Mar 08, 2012
9:31 AM

Skin is our largest organ. What gets put on it gets absorbed. Thanks for posting this info. Watch out for sun block. Wonder if anyone knows 'friendly' products to help protect from the UV rays?

Mar 08, 2012
9:07 AM

My girlfriend and I are learning to make homemade cleaning products, and we've only just learning about how flexible castile soap is. Can't wait to get started on some homemade chemistry! Glad castile soap is getting some more attention.

Mar 08, 2012
9:03 AM

Green cleaning products have been around for ages but still haven't really caught on. What are we doing wrong?

Mar 07, 2012
3:15 PM

so greatful there are people out there lokking out for us and helping us to make the right choices. Love the Queen of Green and David Suzuki.

Mar 07, 2012
12:51 PM

I encourage all soap-makers who use palm oil to only use Certified Sustainable Palm Oil.

Mar 07, 2012
11:03 AM

I've actually been meaning to pick up some castile soap for a homemade shampoo recipe I've been wanting to try (coconut milk

Mar 07, 2012
10:10 AM

Good for you, good for the planet, can help in re-localization — GREAT!!

Now — we need to start pressing some oil — how about grape seed oil in the Okanagan and other wine-producing areas? Kootenays are great for sunflowers — press some seeds instead of making Spitz out of all of them. Get the promised hemp production finally going for fibre and oil.

Unfortunately our Canola is probably all contaminated by Monsanto's GMO pollution now — it's starting to grow all along the railway in BC.

Mar 07, 2012
10:03 AM

I've been reading about DIY eco cleansers for the home and am planning to pick up some castille soap — I'll look for this brand!

Mar 07, 2012
9:45 AM

Use castile soap for bathing, dishes, and washing walls. It is great stuff.

Mar 07, 2012
9:43 AM

What if I want to avoid palm oil? I've been reading about the horrors of the palm oil industry and its effects on orangutans and their forest habitat. This article mentioned that palm oil might be one of the vegetable oils in castile soap. Is there a sure-fire way that I can avoid the palm oil-using variety (especially when companies make it tricky and just state "vegetable oil" in the ingredients without specifying which kind)? Thanks for your help!

Mar 07, 2012
9:32 AM

It's nice to see that some companies are going against the flow and providing us with products that are healthy for us and the environment. Can't wait till there's a day when people will roll their eyes at you for using an unatural product rather than the other way around!

Mar 07, 2012
9:29 AM

I have developed skin allergies over the years due to various product use I believe. Thanks for sharing!

Mar 07, 2012
9:28 AM

I am happy to hear of a natural Canadian company!

Mar 06, 2012
11:18 AM

It would be an enormous relief to find a non-toxic, eco- and animal-friendly product line that's also Canadian. There's hope!

Mar 05, 2012
2:43 PM

I've only used it for cleaning tubs and floors so far. Didn't know there was a Canadian company! Whoyoo!

Mar 05, 2012
2:28 PM

I will be on the lookout for more Castille soap from now on. It just makes sense. Thanks for a great article explaining why it is such a great choice.

Mar 05, 2012
1:50 PM

Hmm, my skin is rather sensitive to chemicals, so I wonder if this might not be a better solution than the stuff I find for mass "sensitive" -skinned retail..

Mar 05, 2012
1:48 PM

Castille soap has been one of my mainstays for about three years. It's the main ingredient in my home-made all-purpose cleaner, I use it as hand soap (it doesn't clog foaming soap dispensers!) and more. Because it's so versatile, I think it has saved me money on getting many different cleansesr and soaps, but it feels so luxurious using it, it's hard to credit it's saving me money!

Mar 05, 2012
1:45 PM

What happened QoG? I thought you were my scent-sensitive environmental on-line role model? I would love to win, but can I switch it for an unscented kind?

I'm really interested in all the natural soap/shampoo type things you've been posting, but have no time to think about making it, nor do I really want to taking the time or cost risk to order on-line with shipping charges and all that. Also I don't have a chance to smell it to see if it will bother me.

What I really want to see is stuff that you would approve of in my local grocery or health food store. Can you make it easy for us? Get this stuff into Loblaws or Zehrs with a little David Suzuki head in the corner of the label so we can see quickly which ones you approve of and just buy it…

Mar 05, 2012
1:28 PM

I would use this to make some home made laundry soap.

Mar 05, 2012
1:06 PM

Yes Sarah, you can use castile soap to make laundry soap. Check out my recommended recipe (click on "home cleaning in the link above") or try this:

Lindsay Coulter

Mar 05, 2012
12:25 PM

I use castile soap for hand washing but it's unscented. I'd love to try out this lavender scented soap :)

Mar 05, 2012
12:13 PM

I JUST googled "castile soap" yesterday and then I saw this article. Weird how coincidences like that happen!

Mar 05, 2012
10:36 AM

I haven't tried this soap yet, but it's something I want to start using. Does this soap work for laundry, specifically high efficiency washers?

Mar 05, 2012
10:25 AM

I use unscented castile soap for hand washing but would love to give this lavender scent a try!

Mar 05, 2012
10:07 AM

Great article! I use liquid castile soap for my body wash and some home cleaning right now. It's the best, and cheapest (!), body wash I've ever used, although I can't quite seem to get used to using it as shampoo. It leaves my hair rather unmanageable. I love the Dr Bronner brand, but am interested to try a Canadian company!

Mar 05, 2012
9:52 AM

I just started using liquid Castile soap to make my own laundry detergent (thanks to a Queen of Green recipe!) and love it! And now I'm learning about all the different uses for Castile soap, it's amazing!

Mar 04, 2012
9:55 PM

This soap is super-versatile — use on yourself or for a multitude of things around the house. I even have a source that sells it in bulk (and cheaper) so I just have to take my bottle back for refills! I prefer the unscented so that I can add a few drops of essential oils for a custom blend.

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