7 Simple Castile Soap Recipes

7 liquid castile soap recipes for green cleaning

Liquid castile soap is a staple in our home because there are so many easy ways you can DIY with it. If you want to clean anything and everything (yourself, your kids, your house, your car), you can pretty much use liquid castile soap for it!

7 Castile Soap Recipes

Here are some of my favourite and easy recipes using liquid castile soap.

DIY Foaming Hand Soap

This is the first DIY I made with liquid castile soap and essential oils – and it’s still the one I make the most often. People are always shocked at how easy it is! I love making it in mason jars – beautiful and frugal!

  • 4 tbsp liquid castile soap (I mark the side of my jar with tape and a sharpie so that when I go to refill, I don’t have to measure again!)
  • 2 cups distilled or filtered water
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp carrier oil (e.g. sweet almond oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, etc)
  • 20 drops of essential oil (I love using Thieves blend, Lemon, Lavender, or Peppermint)

Add the ingredients to a mason jar and shake a bit. The contents will settle after time so just give it a gentle shake every so often.

DIY Shampoo

I used this recipe for quite awhile when I was trying out different DIY shampoos (other recipes here, many also with liquid castile soap!). It is one of my favourites!

  • 1/2 cup liquid castile soap
  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • 10 drops essential oil (I love the feeling of peppermint on my scalp!)
  • pinch of baking soda (optional if you are concerned about it being too alkaline for your hair)

Combine ingredients into a bottle and shake well before using. I used a glass Pellegrino bottle and then used 1-2 capfuls of the shampoo each time.

DIY Peppermint Foot Scrub

I adapted this recipe from Moments With Mandi (really because in most Canadian climates, coconut oil isn’t in a liquid form most of the time!). Easy to make and easy to use – and a fraction of the cost of the stuff you buy at the store!

  • 1 cup sugar of your choice – you can use granulated which is the “standard” consistency, but feel free to use coarser sugar if you want real scrubbing power!
  • 1 tbsp liquid castile soap
  • 2 tbsp carrier oil (e.g. sweet almond oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, etc)
  • 2 drops Peppermint essential oil

Mix ingredients well in a large bowl. Transfer to containers with airtight lids.

DIY Face Wash

This is one of my favourite DIYs with liquid castile soap, and it’s part of my DIY face care system for under $30.

  • 1/3 cup rose water
  • 1/2 tsp sweet almond oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, or hemp seed oil
  • 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerine
  • 2.5 tbsp liquid castile soap
  • 5 drops of Lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops of Roman Chamomile or Melrose essential oil (I use Melrose)
  • 3 drops of Frankincense or Elemi essential oil (I use either, whichever I have on hand)

Mix all the ingredients together in a bottle and shake well. You can either use a liquid pump dispenser on top, or just use the bottle cap. Shake before using and either use 2-3 pumps, or a capful for each use.

DIY All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

This recipe was adjusted from One Good Thing by Jillee, and it is soooo easy.

  • 2 tbsp liquid castile soap
  • 2 cups warm water
  • a few drops of germ-busting essential oil (e.g. Tea Tree, Thieves blend, Clove, Lemon, etc.)

Add to a spray bottle and shake to mix. Shake it before using as well.

DIY Wood Surface Cleaning Spray

I adapted this recipe from GNOWFGLINS, and what a great alternative to pine-sol or pledge (read nasty chemical ingredients).

  • 3/4 tsp liquid castile soap
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 3 drops Pine essential oil
  • 2 drops Lemon essential oil

Add the ingredients to a spray bottle and shake to mix. Shake it before using as well. I can show you how to make it in this video:

DIY Homemade Soft Scrub

This recipe is adapted from Live Renewed, and is perfect for adding some of the scrubbing power you might need for the bathtub or toilet.

  • 3/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup liquid castile soap
  • 1 tbsp water

Combine the baking soda and castile soap first, then add water and stir to make a soft consistency.

7 castile soap recipes for green cleaning

There are so many easy DIYs you can make with liquid castile soap, and they’re all awesome non-toxic replacements (and cheaper to make) for so many household products!

Which liquid castile soap recipe will you try?