What is Castile Soap and 14 ways to Use It

What is Castile Soap and 14 ways to use it!

Castile soap is mainly an olive oil-based bar or liquid soap originating from the Castile region of Spain. It has gained quick fame and popularity amongst environmental lovers who prefer using organic and environmentally friendly products!

Castile Soap can be used in so many different ways, everyday household cleaning to skincare, laundry, and even pet care. They register at about 8.9 on the pH scale.

Earlier Castile Soap was not so easily available, but due to growing popularity, it is very easily available.

Dr. Bronner’s, one of the most recognized brands for Castile soap, is primarily made of coconut, olive, and hemp oils, but other oils like avocado, almond, and walnut can also be used.

Dr. Bronner’s sells various variations such as cherry blossom, tea tree and even unscented to name a few.

 

 

 

Here are 14 amazing uses of Castile Soap

1) Bug Spray

To avoid bugs and critters around your house, make a solution with half a tablespoon of Castile soap mixed with water, add 10-15 drops of Tea Tree Oil. Organic, Pet and Child safe and works like a charm!

 

2) Window cleaner

To get clean windows, simply mix 1 tbsp of castile soap into a spray bottle. Spray the solution and wipe down with a microfibre cloth to remove marks, water spots, and dust.

 

3) Tile Cleaner

Make a mopping solution by adding half a cup of Castile Soap to three/four gallons of hot water. Mop your tile and grout as usual and say hello to clean and sparkly floors. Along with regular professional tile and grout cleaning will help keep it in top shape.

 

4) Multipurpose cleaning spray

Make your own multipurpose cleaning solution by mixing 1/4th of your desired Castile liquid solution preferably a scented one with water. It can be used to clean countertops, cabinets, ovens etc. Here are some other organic cleaning recipes as well. 

 

5)Toilet Cleaner

It comes unsaid that toilets are one of the dirtiest places in our home. Castile soap is not recommended to be used solely for disinfecting purposes. It can help you keep your toilet looking clean(er) between cleanings. Just put a few drops of castile soap into your toilet, then give it a quick swish with your toilet brush, and flush.

 

6) Plant Spray

To avoid bugs and critters ruining your plants, you can make your own repellent spray by mixing a tablespoon of Castile Soap with some water and spritz it on necessary areas, the alkaline nature of the soap helps keep critters away.

 

7) DIY Carpet Cleaner

Make your very own carpet cleaning solution by mixing one part Castile soap with two parts of Hydrogen Peroxide in the mixing container. Either pour it onto the carpet stain or put the mixture into a spray bottle. Let it sit for a minute or so before blotting the stain away.
It is recommended to call professional carpet cleaners if the stain does not lighten as soon as possible to restore carpets and maintain carpet warranty.

 

8) Laundry Liquid

The alkaline nature of Castile Soap makes it an effective cleaner to remove greasiness, dirt, and stains. To make your own laundry detergent add ⅓ – ½ cup of the soap into a large load, adding a few drops of essential oils will help it smell good as well.

Castile Soap not only has household cleaning uses, but it is also so versatile that it can be used for skin care and other uses as well.

 

9) Makeup Brush Cleanser

Pour some hot water into a bowl and add a couple of drops of Castile soap and swish your makeup brushes in the solution ensuring the soapy solution goes through the bristles, removing every bit of makeup! Run the brush under cool clean water and allow it to dry.

 

10) Exfoliating Body Wash

You can Castile soap on its own, but you can create an effective exfoliating body wash by adding rolled oats, a spoon of honey or Yogurt and three to five tablespoons of Castile Soap to reach desired consistency.

 

11) Baby Wash

Castile soap is very gentle and its all natural as it mainly comprises olive oil and hemp. Add one tablespoon of Castile Soap to two tablespoons of water ratio along with a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Tea tree oil is recommended due to its antibacterial properties. Make the soap solution away from baby eyes!

 

12) Honey Facial Cleanser

Combine 3 tablespoons of honey, 1/2 cup of vegetable glycerine, and 2 tablespoons of Castile soap. Pour the mixture into a small bottle, and use as a facial cleanser! The honey helps your skin retain moisture, and the soap helps clean your skin without drying it out.

 

13) Foot Scrub

Create your own exfoliating and relaxing foot scrub by mixing a cup of sugar, two tablespoons of Castile sugar, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and 3-6 drops of lavender essential oil.

 

14) Decongestant and Sinus Relief

Castile soap along with essential oils acts as an excellent decongestant. Fill a large bowl with hot water and add a few drops of Castile peppermint or eucalyptus soap. Take in the steam, it helps in reducing discomfort and lets you breathe more easily.

These are some of the most popular sellers of Castile Soap: Dr. Bronner’s, N-Essentials,  Naked Press and Buy Organics Online. You can also find it in Woolworths

 

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Note: It is recommended to conduct a spot test, before using Castile Soap. Who Who Carpet Cleaning and Pest Management take no responsibility for the effectiveness of Castile Soap.

Six houseplants to improve indoor air quality

Six houseplants to improve Indoor Air Quality

In today’s day and age, we give utmost importance to health and quality of living. We opt for environmentally friendly products, choose organic produce, eat antioxidant-rich berries. But, do we consider the quality of the air we breathe?

We cannot control the quality of the air outside our homes, but we can improve and better the quality of air in our homes where we spend almost 90% of our time. Indoor air quality is affected by dirty carpets, dust filled mattresses, unclean leather and upholstery and even dirty tile and grout.

NASA’s Clean Air Study established the following plants are effective at removing pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde and ammonia from the air. These chemicals are usually linked to health effects such as headaches, irritations and allergies.

1. Peace Lily

Peace Lily’s are favourites of people with a green thumb and without. They come in a wide variety of sizes and types, they are very adaptable and low maintenance. NASA’s analysis of indoor houseplants revealed that the Peace Lily was the most efficient at removing airborne Volatile Organic Compounds, including formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene.

They need very little sunlight and watering only once a week for them to thrive and look healthy.
Toxicity- Mildly toxic to both humans and pets if ingested.

 

2. Snake Plant

Snake Plant’s are front-runners for the “Most tolerant plant”. The care regime of Snake plants is very straightforward, they can be neglected for weeks at a time and their strappy leaves still look fresh. According to NASA, it is one of the best houseplants for absorbing airborne toxins, including formaldehyde, nitrogen oxide, benzene, xylene and trichloroethylene.

They can survive in low light levels, drought and have very few insect problems. They love bright sunlight and make sure you do not over water them.
Toxicity-Mildly toxic to pets if ingested.

 

 

 3. Lady Palm

Lady palm, also known as bamboo palm, parlour palm, finger palm is the easiest palm to grow and care for. They take years to grow into their full height of maximum 6 feet. According to NASA’s Air Study, the lady palm is one of the best houseplants at cleansing the air of formaldehyde, ammonia, xylene and toluene.

They are able to tolerate low levels of sunlight, high amounts of water and a wide range of temperatures, although it is recommended to have proper drainage available to avoid root rot.
Toxicity- None recorded.

 

 

 

 

4. Barberton Daisy

Barberton Daisy, native to South Africa is a flowering plant and comes in a series of colours. Although, perennial to warmer climates it grows well in pots in cooler temperatures. According to NASA’s Air Study, found that the Barberton Daisy’s effective at cleansing the air of formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene.

A lover of bright sunlight thrives best on warm windowsills. Frequent watering required to avoid wilting. Toxicity- None recorded

 

 

5. English Ivy

English Ivy or European Ivy are climbers, therefore most suited for corners and surfaces not easily reachable due to their carefree nature. They are low maintenance, highly useful and attractive as they filter airborne toxins inside your home. According to NASA’s Clean Air Study,

English Ivy is effective at cleansing benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from the air. Additionally, other studies have indicated that English Ivy also helps reduce mould in your home.

Direct sunlight, frequent watering and constant temperature are all they need. Toxicity- None Recorded.

 

6. Flamingo Lily

Flamingo lily’s get their name due to their bright colours and waxy nature. They are gorgeous green with bouts of colour. According to the NASA Clean Air Study, the Flamingo Lily are effective at removing airborne formaldehyde, ammonia, toluene and xylene.

They are naturally found in tropical rainforests, therefore it is best to imitate the climate for them to thrive. This includes plenty of indirect sunlight, direct sunlight will burn the flowers and a highly humid environment. Those without the green thumb may find it difficult to care for the flamingo lilies.
Toxicity- They are poisonous to both humans and animals when ingested.

 

 

 

Houseplants help in improving air quality. However, it is recommended to hire a deep cleaning professional for carpet cleaning, leather and upholstery cleaning, tile and grout cleaning every 8-12 months in order to eliminate toxins, dust mites, allergens and bacteria.

Call the best carpet cleaning, leather and upholstery cleaning and pest management service professionals in Brisbane on 1300 946 946.  

What to do after a Flooding or Water Damage?

5 Steps to follow after a Flooding or Water Damage

An occurrence of floods is usually unexpected, leaving most home and office owners disturbed and worried.

Floods can cause serious damage to good within the home and office as well as damage to carpets, upholstery wooden floors, tiles and expensive electronic goods.

It is crucial that you prioritize your safety first and then attend to your home and commercial property as quickly as you can to prevent further damage in terms of possessions and health.

Water damage is not always caused due to natural causes, it can be caused by burst water pipes, overflowing bath and unexpected water leakages.

 

 

It is recommended to call professionals in ASAP to tend to your carpets, rugs and upholstery to prevent further damage, if it is too late it may be impossible to salvage.

A moist environment is the breeding ground for various bacteria, allergens and can even lead to mould.

1) Take Pictures:

The first and possibly most important step is to document the extent of flood damage before you extract any water or repair anything. It is best to take digital photos and videos, that can later act as proof to present to your insurance company.

2) Call your insurance company:

It is always recommended to get an insurance cover your home and commercial property for flood damage. File a claim with your insurance company and they will send out an assessor to assess the extent of the damage. The photos taken play a crucial role at this stage.

3) Protect your health:

Even if the flood water has been extracted out, it is best and recommended to boil water before consumption until authorities confirm that it safe to drink. As it may be contaminated with cleaning solutions and excess sewage water.

4) Check for mould:

 Mould growth occurs anywhere between 24-48 hours after flood damage. Once mould formation starts it is difficult to control it without professional help. It is recommended to take out any wet household items such as carpets, rugs, mattresses. Water Damage Restoration professionals can assist in restoring your home and office carpets and rugs.

5) Restore:

Flood water would have taken a toll on your home. Unfortunately, at times your home becomes uninhabitable for a couple of days. In such extreme cases, insurance companies may be able to assist with alternate options.

In case of an unfortunate flood or water damage. Our certified technicians will provide a detailed evaluation report and we can also work with your insurance company. Call us on 1300 946 946 or click here.

We are certified by Interactive Training International in “Complete Water Damage and Intro Applied Structural Drying” making us eligible to work with your insurance company while delivering our services with high skill and integrity.

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