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12 Best uses for Dr. Bronners
You’ve probably heard of Dr. Bronners. It’s the liquid castile soap with all the writing on the bottles. What you might not know is that there are dozens of uses for Dr. Bronners. Honestly, it can be a little overwhelming. If you’re looking for the best uses for Dr. Bronners, you’re in the right place! Check out my top 12 favorite uses for Dr. Bronners and share yours in the comments!
Where to buy Dr. Bronners
Let’s start with where to purchase it. Back when I started using Dr. Bronners it was harder to find. I used to buy mine through Thrive Market whenever I placed an order. Lately, I’ve just been purchasing through Amazon Prime because I love the two-day delivery.
The price is slightly higher on Amazon, but you don’t have to have a Thrive Market membership. If you are interested in Thrive Market, you can get a free bottle of coconut aminos (our favorite!) when you join here.
Dr. Bronners is also available at most health food stores, and some Wal-Mart and Target stores. If you’re sensitive to smells or want to use your own essential oils, they also offer an unscented version.
The best uses for Dr. Bronners
So what are the best uses for Dr. Bronners? If you look on the bottle, you will see that they say it can be used for just about anything! While this may be a stretch, I have found that this special soap does have many uses. It can also save lots of money on cleaning supplies. Here are some of my favorite ways to use Dr. Bronners.
1. Dr. Bronners as a Baby Wash
If you’re cautious about what you put on your babies skin, good for you! Dr. Bronners is a mild and gentle baby wash. It is 100% natural and safe on their sensitive skin. I also use it to wash my kids hair (and sometimes my own!)
Lavender is a safe scent for babies, I would avoid peppermint for the little ones. If you’d like to avoid all scents, try the Baby Mild version! Use an old shampoo bottle and dilute with 1/4 to 1/2 water, it will last a long time!
This is, hands down, my favorite use for Dr. Bronners. It seems like an odd one, but this is the best shaving product that I’ve ever used. It isn’t a gel or a cream, but it lathers really well. I have sensitive skin and I’ve always had trouble finding a shaving cream that worked for me.
I have been using Dr. Bronners for shaving purposes for years. I don’t use any kind of dilution ration for shaving, but you’ll only need a tiny bit.
3. All-purpose Cleaner
Dr. Bronners + water + a spray bottle. That’s all you need! My two little ones, who are 4 and 7, LOVE to help clean with spray bottles. I would much rather have “help” with a gentle, safe cleaner than with something full of chemicals. Plus, it works extremely well!
I haven’t found a store-bought all-purpose cleaner that can beat this, and it costs so much less! Simply pour a small amount of Dr. Bronners in the bottle and fill up with water. I would say about 1/4 of a cup of soap + water, but I never measure.
4. Dishwashing soap
This surprised even me, but it works quite well. Goodbye Dawn! Dilute Dr. Bronners 10:1 with water in an recycled dish detergent bottle. I used an old bottle of Dawn, and used coconut oil and a scrubber to get the gunk off of the bottle. It works very well and is an extremely affordable option. I’ve ever used it in the dishwasher in a pinch.
5. Stain Remover
I have even used Dr. Bronners to remove red wine from a carpet! I used a 1:1 ratio and scrubbed for a few minutes. It really worked! It also works great on clothes and linens. Just scrub a small amount with water directly on the stain and wash. My other “secret weapon” stain remover is a bar of Fels-Naptha soap. Also very affordable!
Have you tried cleaning your floors with Dr. Bronners? You should! This is one of the best uses for Dr. Bronners that I’ve found so far. Use approximately 1/4 cup of Dr. Bronners with 2-3 gallons of hot water for clean floors without any harmful chemicals.
7. Body/Face Wash
I keep saying that everyone is my favorite way to use this soap, but they really are. I love using Dr. Bronners as a face and body wash. It is an obvious use for the soap, but it works. It lathers very well, so a little bit goes a long way! I find that it lasts the longest and works just as well if you dilute about 3/4 of the bottle with water and add Dr Bronners. This is what I use to wash my body/face 99% of the time.
8. Fruit & Veggie Wash
If you can buy organic fruits and veggies, great. If not, don’t let that stop you from buying them. The benefits far outweigh the risks of conventional produce. Check out this video by Dr. Michael Gregor on organic vs. nonorganic.
If you buy nonorganic, use 1 squirt of Dr. Bronners in a sink full of cold water and use as a fruit and veggie wash. I also add some vinegar for an extra cleaning boost. Using this combination helps get rid of any residue on the fruits and vegetables.
This use for Dr. Bronners is a little more “out there” but it’s really not that crazy. Ingredients in conventional shampoos can cause irritation and issues for some people. Many, including myself, have had great luck with using Dr. Bronners as a shampoo replacement!
10. Dog wash
Okay, so I don’t have a dog but I’ve heard this works really well. Make sure to use the unscented version, most essential oils are not meant for dogs! Make sure to use the unscented Dr. Bronners for your furry friend. 🐶
11. Ant Spray
Ugh, ants. Add 1/4 cup of Dr. Bronners Tea Tree Oil (or add 5-6 drops of your own tea tree oil to any other kind) to a spray bottle and fill with water. Spray this anywhere that you have an art problem. You can even use it around doors and windows to keep ants away before they become a problem. Be careful using this around plants, it can kill them!
I love using Tea Tree Oil for cleaning, but I don’t particularly like using for bath and body because the smell takes some getting used to! I use Plant Therapy essential oils. If you want to know more about essential oils or why I use Plant Therapy, check out the top 4 uses for peppermint essential oil.
12. Plant Spray
I am going to let you in on a secret. My plants die, all of them. I wish I could have an amazing garden but I definitely have a black thumb. That being said, my gardening friends say this works! 1 teaspoon of unscented castile soap in a spray bottle of water makes a great organic pesticide for your plants.
What do you think are the best uses for Dr. Bronners? Did I miss anything? Feel free to share your favorites in the comments below. What is your favorite scent? I love lavender and almond. Want to get more sustainable living tips sent straight to your inbox? Sign up to get the latest every Saturday.