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You may be familiar with Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap, one of the best all natural products in our green cleaning toolkit. While Castile soap can work wonders on body and home cleaning, some jobs just aren’t a good fit for this “true soap.”
Castile soap’s classification as a “true soap” means it’s not suitable for use with hard water and acids like lemon and vinegar, which are two of the most common ingredients in DIY natural cleaning. That’s where Sal Suds concentrate comes in.
Sal Suds is a 100% biodegradable cleaner that’s more clean rinsing in hard water situations and slightly more effective on grease and tough stains. Just like Castile soap, the uses for Sal Suds are almost endless!
Just about anything that can get wet is safe for Sal Suds, but if you’re not sure, you can always do a spot test. Unlike Castile soap, Sal Suds is not suitable for personal and pet care, since it can be drying.
As with Castile soap recipes and dilutions, these measurements have been tried and tested in my home, but you may need to tweak a little bit to suit your specific situation. You may have dirtier stuff, a larger washing machine, larger sinks, etc. However, if you’ve never used Sal Suds, you may want to start slow, since it’s even more concentrated than Castile soap!
For more information about liquid Castile soap – plus recipes and dilutions – check out 25 Uses for Liquid Castile Soap.
For more green cleaning tips, check out the following:
Where to Buy
Sal Suds is a little less popular than their Castile Soap, but it’s still pretty easy to find. You can get it at many health food stores or online at:
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And other online retailers.
While there are other brands of Castile soap, Sal Suds is completely unique to the Dr. Bronner’s name. I recommend you get a nice, big bottle – at least 32 ounces – because you’re going to use Sal Suds to clean everything!
Ways to Use Sal Suds for Green Cleaning
ALL PURPOSE SPRAY
Put 1 quart of water in a spray bottle, then add 1 tablespoon of Sal Suds concentrate. Shake gently to combine. Use All Purpose Spray on surfaces all over your home:
- For a gleaming stainless steel sink, spray the sink with Sal Suds All Purpose Spray, then sprinkle with baking soda. Scrub clean, and rinse well.
- To clean painted or sealed wood surfaces (not waxed), spray, and wipe with a microfiber cloth.
- To clean microsuede, spray cleaner, and rub in a circular motion.
- For toilets, turn off the water, and empty the bowl. Spray liberally, sprinkle with baking soda, and scrub with a toilet brush. Let it sit for about 10 minutes, then turn the water on and flush.
GLASS + WINDOWS
Add 1/2 teaspoon to 1 quart of water. Spray and squeegee. Follow up with a spray of club soda or half vinegar and half water, then squeegee again.
Spray with Sal Suds All Purpose Spray, then wipe clean with a microfiber cloth. To deep clean, take the blinds down, and soak them in a bathtub full of hot water and 1/2 cup Sal Suds. Soak for 15 minutes, and scrub. Rinse and air dry before hanging.
HAND WASHING DISHES
Add a little squirt (about 1/2 teaspoon) to a sink of dishes, or one drop for one greasy pot. Soak stunk-on food messes before wiping clean with a sponge or washcloth.
This is what turned me on to Sal Suds. I was so impressed with how well it cleaned even my greasiest dishes and stuck-on foods. I don’t bother with regular dish soap anymore!
IN THE DISHWASHER
Make your own all natural DIY dishwasher soap with Sal Suds! Mix 1/2 cup of the concentrate, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, and 6 drops of lemon essential oil (or your favorite scent) in a pint size mason jar.
Shake gently to combine before each use. Put 1 tablespoon of the mixture in the detergent compartment, and wash as usual.
PRO TIP: Pour white vinegar in the rinse aid compartment for extra clean, spot-free dishes without the dangerous chemicals in Jet Dry!
POLISH STAINLESS STEEL
Mix a few drops of concentrate in a spray bottle of water to clean stainless steel without streaks.
Plop one drop of Sal Suds in a bowl of water. Dunk and swish produce, then rinse.
To shampoo your carpet with Sal Suds and a carpet cleaner, fill the cleaning solution tank with hot water and one tiny drop of Sal Suds. Fill the rinse water tank with hot water and 1 cup of white vinegar. Run over each section of carpet 2 times while spraying the cleaning solution, then another 3 to 4 times to suck up dirt.
Make sure you rinse your carpet well. To test, run your hand across the carpet to see if bubbles form. If they do, keep rinsing. You want to make sure to get all the Sal Suds out of your carpet, since any soap will attract dirt.
To spot clean, spray stains lightly with your Sal Suds All Purpose Spray Cleaner, making sure not to saturate the carpet. Fill your carpet cleaner with hot water, and run it over the stains until they lift away. Run the carpet cleaner on the dry setting to soak up as much water and soap as possible. Check for suds by rubbing the carpet with your hand, and continue cleaning until bubbles are completely gone.
Put 1/2 tablespoon of Sal Suds concentrate in a 3 gallon bucket of water. Add 20 drops of tea tree essential oil, if desired. Dunk the mop, and wring thoroughly before mopping.
Use 2-3 tablespoons for a large load in a top loading washing machine. For extra cleaning power, add 1/2 cup baking soda in the wash cycle and 1 cup vinegar in the rinse cycle. Use half these amounts in HE machines.
Make an effective stain treater with 1/4 cup of concentrate diluted in a spray bottle of water. To treat, spray the garment liberally with the solution, and let sit for 5-10 minutes before washing as usual. Check the stain before drying in the dryer to prevent the dryer from setting any remaining stains.
Pre-soak in the washing machine with 3 tablespoons of Sal Suds and 1 cup of baking soda, then wash as usual.
Make a floor to ceiling bathroom cleaning spray with 1 tablespoon concentrate in 1 quart of water. Add 10 drops of lemon essential oil, if desired, for a clean, fresh, scent.
REMOVE HARD WATER STAINS
Say goodbye to hard water stains with Sal Suds All Purpose Cleaner. For tough stains, use the spray cleaner with baking soda or Bon Ami.
Use a 1:3 dilution of concentrate to clean grout. Add some baking powder or Bon Ami for tough stains.
NIX URINE STAINS
To clean urine stains, spray with Sal Suds All Purpose Cleaner mixed with 10 drops of lemon essential oil.
CLEAN THE CAR
Add 1/2 tablespoon Sal Suds to a 3 gallon bucket of water. Wet down the car with a hose, then wash with a large sponge or microfiber cloth. Rinse well.
REMOVE GLUE + ADHESIVES
Use a 50:50 mixture of concentrate and water. Spray on, let it sit for 5 minutes, then scrub clean.
Now that you know how to use Sal Suds, you should be able to handle any mess that comes your way, naturally!
Have you used Sal Suds in your home? What do you think of this natural, plant based, 100% biodegradable cleaner? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!