My Dear Readers,
This week, our community has been asking many questions about germs, so let’s talk about it!
What is Soap?
Let’s talk soap – nearly every kind of soap is made from fats, and oils and often lye (Potassium Hydroxide) to help the saponification process. Traditional soaps also may contain additional synthetic chemicals, fragrances and additional detergents.
Now, Let’s talk soap molecules. When soap is combined with water, free-floating charged atoms attract dirt – and do their job as a cleaning agent.
WholeNaturals® Castile soap is made from a combination of organic carrier oils, giving it all the best qualities of a natural soap and making it a great cleaner – from hands to feet – from kitchens to showers!!
Is Whole Naturals Castile Soap Anti-bacterial?
Anti-bacterial soaps contain chemical antimicrobial agents like Tricoslan and Benzethonium chloride. These kill but don't remove contagions. Whole Naturals Castile soap does not contain toxic chemicals. It's made from certified organic ingredients including organic carrier oils that clean surfaces (including hands) by lifting off dirt, grime, and pathogens including bacteria and viruses.
Castile soaps work because they attach to dirt and germs and rinse them away, leaving behind a clean surface.
Some varieties of essential oils (on their own) have antibacterial properties as they effectively destroy several bacterial, fungal, and viral pathogens. Antibacterial products kill the germs but don't remove them, leaving them on the surface you just cleaned. Castile soap does not "kill" germs as an antibacterial does, but rather works to bind with the germs to get rid of them, So the winning combination is: essential oils, with antibacterial properties that kill germs, and Castile soap that removes them from surfaces.
How Can the Most Concentrated Household Germs Sleep in Unwashed Pillow Cases?
Would it surprise you to know that there are places in your home that are significantly more dirty (in terms of germs) than your toilet seats? Along with other household items such as refrigerator handles, toys, and laptops, and carpets, unwashed pillow cases hold the first place award for being among the most contaminated places in your home.
It makes sense! Dead skin cells, sweat and makeup from the day gather on your linens. When it comes to unwashed pillowcases, you don’t want that anywhere near your face! Many people enjoy a bath or shower routine before retiring for the night to help get rid of the day’s grime.
Castile Soap as a Laundry Soap
4 cups very hot water
1 cup baking soda
1/3 cup salt
1 cup Whole Naturals Castile Soap
Water (about 5 more cups)
In a large spouted measuring cup, stir together the hot water and baking soda until the soda is dissolved.
Add the salt and stir until it is dissolved.
Add in Whole Naturals Castile Soap and stir gently to combine.
Pour the mixture into the one-gallon jug.
Slowly fill the gallon jug to the top with water. The soap will foam, but just keep filling until you have mostly liquid.
Gently shake before use.
Each load uses about 1/3- 1/2c. For top loading washers, add while filling with water
FAQ About Castile Soap as a Laundry Detergent
Why is Baking Soda Helpful?
Baking soda adds a soft abrasion to the cleaning power of the soap, which makes it a good scrubber for grimy sinks and laundry. In laundry, it is a whitener and deodorizer. It also buffers the Whole Naturals Castile Soap, protecting it from acidic substances that might affect its pH.
I don't see BUBBLES - How Do I know it is working?
I understand how "bubbles" indicate to us that something is potentially getting clean. Synthetic and animal-oil-based soaps use sulfates to create a lather when mixed with water. Bubbles are actually a better indicator of the pH of a cleaning solution....so trust the process - even if you don't see super soapy lather. Our community loves the way it cleans! (by the way...I love adding essential oils so that my clothes have a "clean" scent - rather than neutral! Maybe that will help!
Can I use This Recipe in my HE washer?
YES! Because it does not create a lot of suds, you’ll be able to tweak it as you need! (start with up to 5 tablespoons maximum ).
Is Whole Naturals Castile Soap safe for Grey Water Systems?
Absolutely. Our liquid soap is made from organic oils that are nontoxic and biodegradable.
Can I use this recipe for laundering my Infant's Clothing?
YES! Because we are sulfate free, and lather naturally, we do not add potentially irritating additives nor synthetic fragrances to our soap, so it's gentle for all skin types.
My Laundry Soap Seems a bit Gel-like?
Castile Soap can be Used for all your laundry needs! If you’re looking for some additional ways that Whole Naturals can help around your home, we have more tips and tricks throughout our blog!
We love your questions, so keep them coming!