Gather ’round friends I’m about to change your life with a little something called Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps. Alright, it’s not that serious it’s just soap but it is really, really good soap. I will say it does seem to have a unnecesarily long and somewhat confusing name. Is it a magic soap that you can only find in a backdoor alley of some Diagon Alley shop? Is it a regular old castile soap is it hemp soap? Also wouldn’t the word “pure” sort of just assume that nothing else is in the bottle? I am not here to bother with semantics, just facts so lets move on..
Dr. Bronner’s soap is made with essential oils. This soap is certified organic, vegan, fair trade, cruelty free, and sustainable. Let your inner peta loving dirty hippie spirit rejoice in all it’s glory. This is one of the most natural soaps I have found outside of Whole Foods and I love it because aside from being good for the environment it is also free of alcohol, preservatives, detergents and foaming agents, making it ideal for my sensitive skin as well as those with common ailments like eczema and psoriasis. The creators suggest using the soap for “just about any cleaning task” including but not limited to hair, face, body, food, dishes, laundry, mopping and pets. The company’s 18 suggested uses are “washing your face, body, hands and hair, for bathing, shaving, brushing your teeth, rinsing fruit, aroma therapy, washing dishes by hand, doing laundry, mopping floors, all-purpose cleaning, washing windows, scrubbing toilets, washing dogs, controlling dust mites, and killing ants and aphids”. I think that list is redundant considering how washing your face and body does also equal bathing. And all-purpose cleaning encompasses all the singular uses they already mention but I’m not going to split hairs here. I don’t recommend this for washing windows because it does get very sudsy when you wipe which is just frustrating. Luckily I don’t have to kill many ants and I can’t remember the last time I saw an aphid but– ew. According to the label you can also brush your teeth with this soap but I don’t think I want to take this train that far. But otherwise I use it for almost all of the things.
The peppermint version is naturally antibacterial so I do prefer it over other cleaners and soaps that might have things like triclosan and triclocarban. According to Mayo Clinic, triclosan and triclocarban alters hormone regulation, contributes to antibiotic-resistant germs and may be harmful for the immune system. A study was conducted to asses the amount of tricolsan, a synthetic broad antibacterial chemical, absorbed by consumers over the age of six. The study found that of the more than 2,500 urine samples collected 75% contained traces of triclosan. So, with that in mind you can assume that whatever personal products or soaps you are using will be absorbed by your body through contact so the least harmful the better. I use Dr. Bronners as a household cleaning agent by adding a few tablespoons to a 1L bottle of water and it works the same as any other house hold cleaner. You will be surprised at how well this cleans. SERIOUSLY TRY IT! This is only cleaner that I have found will wash away old set in makeup stains and as a brown-skinned girl that is important. I have found this soap to also remove grass and wine stains from fabric. It is great for scuff marks as well I use it to clean my baseboards every season. I use a smaller concentration in my Swiffer floor cleaner and it works amazing on hardwood flooring. I use a larger concentration to clean my shower, bathtub and tile flooring in the bathrooms. I have two boys under 10 years old and the germs are EVERYWHERE! I use the bar soaps to make a DIY laundry soap, which smells and works amazingly! I use this undiluted as a shower gel and also as a shampoo. As a shampoo it is amazing! Have I said that word too many times in this post? My bad. My love for this is real. Your scalp gets so clean without feeling stripped and the tingling feeling from the peppermint is so refreshing. I notice shinier and healthier hair after washing my hair and clearer skin when I use this on my face. And because peppermint essential oil is also anti fungal I use a diluted solution on my younger son if he gets a diaper rash, and on my older son anytime he has a rash or other skin irritations. I don’t like to use the liquid soap to do dishes because it isn’t thick enough and I find I use more way more soap do get through one sink of dishes. I do know you can thicken it with table salt but this a difficult sorcery I have yet to master. I do use it to soak pots and pans because as like cancels like, it cuts through oil and greasy messes really quickly. For research purposes I tried adding half a teaspoon to my dishwasher. I do NOT recommend this! It took me hours to get all the suds out of my dishwasher and when my husband came home to find a floor covered in bubbles I was embarrassed. If your kids like bubbles then go for it, it’s a party. I go through so much of this soap I always have at least two 32 oz bottles on hand. I have tried off brand castile soaps as well as the Burt’s Bee’s brand castile soap and neither of them worked very well. Run to your nearest Target or Whole Foods and give them your money because you need this soap right now. You’re welcome.
Wait wait, I’m going to go try brushing my teeth with it, just for research purposes but I am not excited. BRB. Okay I’m not exactly sure how I feel about this. It wasn’t like a paste that I covered my teeth in, its like washing your teeth with soap for sure. I mean because that’s what it is I guess but it wasn’t all bad. there were lots of bubbles and suds which was weird but my teeth look whiter and they feel exceptionally clean. On the other hand I had to rinse them a lot and It was kind of weird. I was expecting an overpowering minty scent/taste but it’s actually really mild. I’m not sure if its strong enough to provide all day freshness but I only used a drop of soap maybe its user error. I was also really worried about swallowing it even though It’s probably healthier than my regular toothpaste. I think i might try it for a week and see how I feel about it after. Check back later if you’re into that.