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    Arguably the greatest invention by mankind, most people don't give soap a second thought after adding one to their grooming or cleansing routine. If it cleans, it stays. But you should dig a little deeper before pledging your allegiance to one brand. Do they make products that are good for both you and the environment? Do they strive to leave the world a better place than how they found it? Do they try to make your life a little simpler with their product?

    Those things may not be equally important to everyone, but one thing that should is, "does the product do what it's supposed to?" And Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap does just that, only it's a soap that can be used to clean almost anything in your home, from you to the food you eat. Comprised of all-natural ingredients, Dr. Bronner's soaps strive to be healthy for both you and the environment, something they've been doing throughout their 150-year history (which is vast, exciting, and a bit more intense than you would think for a soap brand).

    So when it comes to Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap, it’s hard to find something that you can't use it on. Learn about our favorite ways to employ their organic soaps to clean house, body, and just about anything else you can think of.
    Photos by Benjamin Holtrop

    The Bathroom Sink

    We all wish we a had a little more time in the morning, but since a time machine hasn't been invented yet, we'll have to make due with what we're given. Instead of fussing with a medicine cabinet full of products for different uses, Dr. B has you covered for almost anything you need to do in the morning, or at night, at your bathroom sink with just a little bit of water for diluting. 

    Our favorite scent for a morning refresh is Peppermint. It works great as a face wash, cleanser, pre-shave gel, or, for the adventurous type out there, toothpaste. But if the idea freaks you out a bit you can just spring for their Peppermint Toothpaste instead. For a face wash, just add a small squirt of soap to a wet washcloth. And for shaving, lather up 5-10 drops in wet hands before applying to face. Now you're ready to tackle the day—and you smell great!

    The Bathtub

    The one place that might be more overpacked with things than our medicine cabinet is the bathtub (think of all that bubble bath, shampoo, conditioner, bodywash, and loofahs).  Cut down on the clutter with Dr. B. 

     Tea Tree is our preferred scent for all things bathing. Tee tree oil has the natural ability to get rid of build up and dandruff on your scalp, and the light scent is best for washing your body to avoid strongly smelling like a field of flowers all day long (which some of you  might actually prefer). For hair cleansing, add 1/2 tbsp. to wet hair, and be sure to use some type of moisturizing conditioner afterwards as the natural cleaning properties of the soap will dry out your hair over time. For washing your body, add a small squirt of soap to a wet washcloth.

    The Windows

    Unless you set aside designated time each week, month, or maybe even year for a deep clean throughout your house, you might often forget about cleaning your windows. Make no mistake though, big smudges and fingerprints all over your glass surfaces can really make or break a guest's first impression of your home.

    We always reach for the Lavender scent for all things windows or glass. Lavender, of course, has relaxing qualities to it, which makes it perfect for adding a light air of niceness to your now (mostly) stress-free home. Just mix a few drops of the liquid soap into a bowl or bucket of water and clean with a rag or paper towel to give your glass surfaces a brand new shine.

    The Kitchen Sink

    Dr. Bronner's: It cleans everything AND the kitchen sink. Sorry, we couldn't help ourselves. But in all seriousness, it does. Anything you would need to wash by way of kitchen sink can be done: Dishes? Yep! Fruits and vegetables? Of course. The sink itself? Mmhm. 

    We keep a bottle of the Citrus scent safely on our counter. Since citrusy things are often appetizing and edible, it's a safe bet for cleaning things you eat and eat off of. For dishes, use just as you would with regular dish soap, using a small drop of soap and diluting it into the sink full of water to minimize water waste. For cleaning fruits and veggies, use a dash of soap in a bowl of water to rinse with and remove their residue.

    The Home

    If we hadn't made it abundantly clear already, Dr. B's is pretty much an all-purpose cleaner, perfect for nearly anything around the house. You'd be amazed at what you can accomplish with just a spray bottle, some Almond scented soap, and a sizable amount of water.

    From granite countertops to wooden tables and tile floors, this magic elixir has got you covered. To mix up your own at-home all-natural cleaner, just take an empty spray bottle, and add a mixture of 1/4 cup of soap to 1 quart of water ratio. If you take the same ratio and make it a little less potent, you can also use it as a plant spray to keep insects away from them, or increase the potency from the original and have a mixture perfect for mopping heavily soiled floors.

    The Laundry

    There's nothing more satisfying than the smell of freshly cleaned linens—except if they're cleaned with the Rose (or Rosé, if you will) scented Dr. Bronner's soap, of course. 

    The Rose scent for laundry is a personal preference because we just really like the smell and its calming affects when we lay down for some beauty rest. But a good alternative is the Lavender scent as well, since this also has calming affects in addition to acting as a moth repellant when storing clothes for a while. For laundry, add 1/3 cup of soap to a large load and add just 1/2 cup vinegar to it during the rinse cycle.

    The Congestion

    This is less of a "cleaning" and more of a just a great added bonus. When one of those seasonal cold/flu annoying spells gets cast upon you, using Castile soap can be a great way to avoid a run to the pharmacy for overpriced decongestion medication that never seems to work quick enough.

    We keep a bottle of Eucalyptus scented soap on hand at all times for this very reason. Eucalyptus (as well as Peppermint) have a menthol effect great for completely clearing you out. Just add a few drops of either scent to a steaming hot bowl of water, lean over it so you are breathing it in directly, and use a towel over your head to keep all of the steam inside making it as potent as possible. Breathe in, breathe out. Voila. 

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