Many years ago (25?), some of my friends and I decided we should wash our produce because of the increasing amounts of pesticides and, of course, because of what else would be on it.
Being independent souls, we tried a lot of things from very diluted hydrogen peroxide or bleach to salt and baking soda. Finally, I used liquid grapefruit seed extract, but it was expensive because I had to use so much. I also tried a few essential oils. Nothing gave the results we wanted. We also figured out that using diluted bleach was bad for our lungs and absorbed by our skin (duh!).When I started shopping at places like Wild Oats and Trader Joe’s, I saw this BIG 32 oz. bottle with strange things written on it by Dr. Bronner’s. It was SO weird, in fact, that I didn’t buy it for a long time. Trader Joe’s had their own label, and it was wonderful, but it was discontinued. In the meantime, I was hooked on Castile soap, and finally got the Dr. Bronner’s for $8.99.
Well, I’ve been researching another source and found it! Dr. Wood’s makes a Castile soap that compares to the great ingredients in Dr. Bronner’s, but costs 2/3 less. You can see the price comparisons here and here. In fact, there are quite a few Dr. Wood’s products.
Castile soap originated in Castile, Spain. All true Castile soap is made from pure oils. I love the short and simple ingredient list on Dr. Woods Pure Peppermint Castile:
“Purified water (aqua), saponified coconut, hemp & olive oils with retained glycerin, vitamin E oil (tocopheryl acetate), peppermint oil, sea salt, citric acid and rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis) extract.
It contains no lauryl/laureth sulfates, animal ingredients, no artificial colors and was not tested on animals. pH balanced. Paraben free.”
Another reason Castile soap is a good buy is because it has so many multiple uses. It is just one more way to help you simplify your personal care products and green cleaning routine.
Other uses: body wash, shaving cream, baby wipes, baby wash, and homemade household cleaner. A little goes a very long way in washing veggies. It is kind to hands and doesn’t taint the food you wash. Yeah! I love green products.
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