Hey Tribe! As some of you may know, Deli's Castile Soap is Gaia's Hands latest product drop! I am very excited because castile soap has so many awesome benefits and uses that you guys need to know about. Now that we have it available, it is the perfect time for me to spread some knowledge on this biodegradable, multipurpose soap. Let's get right into it!
Castile soap was originally made from a blend of olive oil and sodium carbonate (used to make most, if not all soap). This blend was first discovered in Spain in the 1500s in the Castile region (aha a name!) and sold all throughout Europe. As the product progressed, more plant based oils like coconut, hemp, and avocado were used or added which gave soap makers more creativity over their finished product. This allowed castile soap to be extremely beneficial to the masses; more antioxidants, more lather, and more fragrance. No animal fats are used when making castile soap so the product is also great for vegans and vegetarians. What's also dope about castile soap is that because it is made from vegetable oils, its ph level is more neutral than other common soaps we use.
“Soap is made by saponifying a fat or oil with an alkali. A fat or oil is a triglyceride, which means that three fatty acids of various carbon lengths are attached to a glycerin backbone. The alkali is either sodium hydroxide (lye) for bars or potassium hydroxide (potash) for liquids. Alkali is made by running electricity through salt water. The saponification process is a simple one-step reaction with no waste generated: the glycerin is split off from the fatty acids, and the fatty acids combine with the sodium or potassium to form soap, while the hydroxide forms water. The result is soap, glycerin and water (no alkali remains in organic soaps).”(1)
Castile soap is so versatile that it can replace many household products that we hold dearly. It can be used for laundry detergent, dish washing, shampoo, pet shampoo, all purpose cleaner and many more. (2) The charm and appeal with castile soap rests in the fact that it cleans (a variety of things) as effectively as many traditional soaps, minus the health and environmental hazards. The soap is biodegradable and free from synthetic preservatives, detergents and foaming agents. For anyone wishing to reduce their ecological footprint or wanting to minimize their children’s or pets’ exposure to rough cleaning components, castile soap is a the way to go. Deli's Castile Soap is less concentrated than Dr Bronner's so dilution isn't as necessary. Look below to see some of the different ways you can use.
Add about 4oz of Deli's Castile Soap to a medium sized load of laundry.
When washing your body, apply a squirt of Deli's Castile Soap to your wet wash cloth and lather up. Same goes for your hair; add a squirt to your hands and lather throughout your hair.
Once your doggy or pet is soaked, add a few squirts of Deli's Castile Soap to the back of your pet and lather up liberally until sudsy. Rinse thoroughly.
All Purpose Cleaner
Depending on how soapy you want your cleaner, you can do 1 part soap to 4 parts warm water, 8 parts, or even 16 parts.
Lastly, castile soap is exceedingly impressive in healing wounds and lowering the rate of wound complications. A study done by NIH concluded castile soap effectively reduces positive wound cultures when used as irrigation for the wound (3). This means it is very beneficial to wash your wounds with castile soap for positive reinforcement. Using about 4 teaspoons of Deli's Castile Soap with 2 cups of water can create a nice cleansing solution for minor cuts.
These are all the ways I have used Deli's Castile Soap but there are 10s of different ways to proudly use this soap. Purchase yours now!