Dr. Axe and others are right. This stuff is the truth. I have a bottle of castile soap that I bought from Costco, which means I really like it. You know you really love something when you intentionally buy it in Costco quantities. This is in contrast to those unintentional onetime big-box purchases where you soon realize you don’t really like the product that much. We’ve all been there. I digress.
One of my kids can produce armpit funk like a grown man. Just because his sweat glands smell grown-up, that doesn’t mean his skin can withstand the harsh chemicals of an adult. The truth is, none of us, adult or child, should be putting certain chemicals on our skin. Check out my Beauty and Skin article to read more evidence about skin product safety. Here are some facts about castile soap that we can all take to the bank, or the shower at least:
- Random trivia: Castile soap originated in the Castile region of Spain and was a white, hard soap. Castile soap is a name used in English-speaking countries for olive oil based soap.
- It is safe for children and adults because it is free of synthetic chemicals and potential harmful toxins. Be careful around the eyes though because it is not tear-free.
- In addition to body and hair, castile soap can be used for household cleaning. From floors, to dishes to vegetables, different dilutions are used for different purposes.
- It can be made at home by with olive oil, coconut, oil a few other ingredients and a crock pot. “Add the olive oil and coconut oil to a large, (6 quart minimum) crock pot. Turn the crock-pot on high. While the oils are warming, put on your safety gloves and goggles, and carefully measure the potassium hydroxide lye into a stainless steel or pyrex bowl…” I’ve never done this, but it sounds cool. I don’t say this often, but if you want more information, Google it.
You thought I loved castile soap? Baking soda is even closer to my heart. I use it for cleaning my stainless steel pots and our carpeted floors. My grandma, Willie Mae Goodall, taught me how to use baking soda to clean a pot that is stained with brown cooked-on grease. If you pour about a quarter of a cup of baking soda and mix it with just enough water to make a thick paste, that paste can be spread on the pot or pan and use to scour and clean without scratching or using harsh and harmful chemicals. Check out my before-and-after pot.
The only reason this sauce pan is not spotless is because the grease was really bad and caked on. If I had spent a little more time, I’m sure I could have restored it completely. I also used to use a baking soda and white vinegar mixture to shampoo my carpet. This combination would successfully clean the carpet and deodorize the smell left by my 130-pound Bull Mastiff. Most recently, I used a baking soda, water and mild detergent mixture to clean my couch cushions. Worked like a charm.
I hope I have awaken your inner desire to clean without harsh and potentially harmful ingredients. You smell safer already.
Dr. Wendy Goodall McDonald is a board certified OBGYN. She began practicing medicine in 2007 and now uses her extensive knowledge and growing following to increase health awareness in a fun and viral way. She is the founder of The Gyneco-blogic and an author of numerous books for adult and childhood health education and social growth. For more, check me, I mean her out at dreverywoman.com