April 04, 2019 3 min read 14 Comments
Looking to remove harsh chemicals from your home? Cleaning products can be one of the hardest items to replace. Life is busy and you don't have time for things that just don't work—which is why Castile soap is such a superstar product. It's natural, good for sensitive skin and works to clean everything from your body to your kitchen counter.
The first soaps available in Europe around the 11th Century were made from animal fat, which didn't work that well and (as you can imagine) smelled terrible. Meanwhile, Egyptians were already using a much more effective Castile-style soap made from laurel oil.
As colonizers moved through the world, they eventually found and brought this soap back to Europe. But because laurel oil wasn’t readily accessible to them at home, they made their own blend with olive oil instead, creating a healthy and multi-purpose cleanser named after the Castile region in Spain.
Traditional Castile soap is made from olive oil, but at Rocky we add other natural oils such as coconut oil and jojoba, too. We don't use an artificial lathering agent. Instead, the lather is made through a process called “saponification” which turns oil into soap. It keeps all the amazing benefits of the oils but allows it to cleanse and lightly lather, making it perfect for getting hands and body clean without drying or irritating the skin.
If you've used our Everything Wash in the past, you already know that Castile soap is great for cleaning both hands and body. Sure, it's moisturizing and cleansing... but what else can it do?
If you're a low-maintenance person, you'll be happy to know that you can use the Everything Wash as an all-in-one product to clean your hair as well as your body. But why stop there? Combine two to three tablespoons of Everything Wash with a quarter cup of baking soda to make a great non-toxic shower scrub that gets your shower sparkling clean.
You can use Castile soap in place of shaving cream. Lather up a bit of pure soap in your hands and then apply it to the area you want to shave. We also recommend using one of our Sugar Scrubs first to get the area nice and smooth and to avoid razor bumps and burns.
It's a good idea to wash makeup brushes about once a week to keep them clean and free from harmful bacteria. Simply add a few tablespoons of warm water and a few drops of Everything Wash to a shallow cup or mug. Start by rinsing the bristles in water, then place them in the cup with your Everything Wash for about 10 minutes. Try to avoid soaking the portion of the brush where the bristles meet the handle, as this can slowly erode the glue holding your brushes in place. Rinse your makeup brushes again and allow them to air dry lying flat on a towel. If your brushes are particularly packed with product, we recommend swirling them against a silicone brush cleaner or another easily-cleaned surface first, and then air drying on a towel. Nice and clean!
We have the perfect blend for you! When you use Everything Wash in combination with our spotless stain remover you can create a perfect in-sink hand washing experience. Lather up your intimates or other hard-to-clean items and then let them air dry for best results.
Not keen on using harsh chemicals to clean your toilet? Put a few pumps of Castile soap straight into the bowl, scrub it well and leave it to soak for 30 minutes. It'll not only get your bathroom smelling fresh, but it's also great for removing the buildup of limescale and grime in your bathroom. Once the soap has been left to soak, go ahead and flush with the knowledge that nothing harmful is going down the drain.
Mopping your floors can seem dangerous when you look at the back of cleaning bottles that read “toxic” and “flush after contact with skin”. With Castile soap, you don’t have to worry about harmful chemical residue or odours. Just add a few squirts of this natural soap to your mop bucket for a great floor cleaning combo.
Combining a quarter of a cup of Castile soap with one litre of warm water makes a multi-purpose cleaner you can use in your kitchen and bathroom. Just pour it into a bottle and spray away!
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