Sal Suds Dilution Cheat Sheet

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There is a lot of overlap here with the Castile Soap Dilutions Cheat Sheet because the products can often be interchanged. It is largely a matter of personal preference, but the Sal Suds is more clean-rinsing in hard water situations, and is slightly more effective on grease and tough stains. As with the castile soaps, these recommended dilutions are not set in stone. You may have dirtier stuff, larger sinks, a larger washer, etc., and may need to tweak these amounts to your own situation.

Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds dilutions cheat sheet

What Sal Suds looks like in my house, from most concentrated to least, left to right: Undiluted gallon for the laundry room, Undiluted quart for easy handling when making other solutions, Diluted Dishwashing squirt bottle, All Purpose Spray for most things, Sal Suds Lite for windows and less dirty stuff.

Sal Suds, Sal Suds, How do I love thee?

I use it for…
Clothes
Towels
Sheets
Halloween costumes
Tile Floors
Carpet
Granite
Painted walls
Painted shelves
Plastic trash cans
Make Up brushes
Dishes
Lunchboxes
Dog bowls
Dog carriers
Dog collars
Windows
Cars
Car leather
Finished wood
Wood cutting boards
Plastic cutting boards
My grill (aka bar-b-que)
Outdoor metal furniture
Outdoor plastic furniture
Plastic toys
Stainless steel appliances
Paint brushes
China
Glass vases
Pottery
Beach balls
Diaper Changing pads
Wicker baskets
Artificial greenery
Painted MDF
Microsuede
Plastic storage bins
Tooth brushes
Tooth brush holders
Porcelain bathroom fixtures – toilet, tub, sink
Metal doorknobs
Plastic lightswitches and covers
Cork trivets
Rubber oven mitts
Silicone parts of my breast pump
My plastic nasal irrigator
Brita water filter
Plastic cooler
Stainless steel water bottles
Exterior of small kitchen appliances
Nylon tents
Fruits and veggies

This list doesn’t name every possibility but shows that there is very little that can’t be cleaned with the Suds. The long and short of it is, if it’s not on this list, then I probably didn’t think of it. Sal Suds is safe for any surface or material that can get wet (but it’s not meant for people or animals – it can be drying). However, if you have something that’s iffy, do a spot test.

Dilutions:
Laundry: 2-3 Tbsp. for a large load in a top loading washer. Optional: ½ c. baking soda in wash cycle, 1 c. vinegar in rinse cycle. Use half these amounts for HE washes
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All Purpose Spray: 1 Tbsp. Sal Suds in a quart of water. Put the water in the bottle first. Use on most of the aforementioned surfaces
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  • All Purpose Spray is also used for the following:
  • Stainless Steel Sink: Spray and sprinkle with baking soda from a shaker. Then scrub.
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  • Microsuede: Spray and scrub with a gentle circular motion.
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  • Wood: Painted or Sealed (not waxed) – Spray and wipe with a microfiber cloth
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  • Toilets: Empty toilet, spray bowl thoroughly, sprinkle baking soda on the brush, scrub bowl, let sit 10 minutes, turn water on, flush.

Carpets: 1 drop of Sal Suds in a carpet cleaner with hot water; All Purpose Spray for spots (use sparingly)
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Veggie Wash: 1 drop of Sal Suds in a bowl of water. Dunk and swish the produce. Rinse

Window Wash: (aka Sal Suds Lite) ½ tsp. in a quart of water. Put the water in the bottle first. Spray and squeegee. Follow up with a spray of pure club soda, or half vinegar/half water, and squeegee.

Dish washing by hand:
Pre-diluted: (my preference) ½ c. Sal Suds in a quart of water in a squirt bottle. Fill with water nearly to the top before adding Sal Suds.
Undiluted: ½ tsp. Sal Suds in a large sink of water. 1 drop Sal Suds for one pot.
With All Purpose Spray: http://www.lisabronner.com/?p=169

Mopping: ½ Tbsp. Sal Suds in approximately 3 gallons of hot water. 20 drops tea tree oil optional. Put the water in the bucket first. Dunk mop (microfiber, preferably) and wring thoroughly.
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Cars: ½ Tbsp. in a 3 gallon bucket of water. Put the water in the bucket first. Wet car down with hose. Wash with large sponge, or soft microfiber cloth. Rinse with hose before Suds dry.

If you have SLS concerns check out this post from the past.
There is no Cancer Risk from SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfatehttp://www.lisabronner.com/?p=197

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366 thoughts on “Sal Suds Dilution Cheat Sheet

    • Hi Ashley – I’m guessing this is an HE machine. While I don’t have one myself, if I did, I would use the Sal Suds. The issue with HE machines is that they need a concentrated detergent, which Sal Suds is, and it needs to be exceedingly clean-rinsing, which Sal Suds is. I would start with 1 – 2 Tablespoons and adjust to your liking.

    • I have an HE machine and tried 1 tablespoon of Sal Suds. It worked great! We have dogs, cats, five kids (stains galore), and hard well water. I was really happy with Sal Suds as laundry detergent. I actually came to the site to try to find the gallon to buy that for laundry. Unfortunately it seems to be out of stock everywhere and it looks like I’m going to have to pay about $12 more for four 32 ounce containers than I would for one gallon container. It is about 33 cents in Sal Suds to was a full load of laundry. That’s about 20 cents more than with our normal detergent but it was hard switching back to our liquid detergent when our small bottle of Sal Suds ran out. Almost immediately I noticed the clothes didn’t seem or smell as clean as with the Sal Suds. There is definitely a residue being left by our “normal” liquid detergent that the Sal Suds took away.

  1. Hi!
    Just wondering if I were to use Sal-Suds or regular Castile Soap for a counter spray, do I have to rinse the counters afterwards?

    • Hi Kc – If you wipe with damp cloth, you don’t need to rinse again. If you notice bubbles still on your counter after you’ve wipes, you might have made your solution too concentrated.

  2. Would you use this for things like cleaning up raw chicken or killing cold & flu germs?

    • Hi Mackenzie – Yes, I use this for both cleaning raw meats and for getting rid of germs.

    • Hi Tammy – I’m so sorry for my delayed response. For what purpose are you diluting the Sal Suds? For an All-Purpose Spray, add 1/4 c. to your 1.1 gallon jug.

    • Hi Jackie – I apologize for my delayed response. Yes, Sal Suds is a great option on marble. The concern with marble is that it can be etched by acidic solutions. However, Sal Suds is alkaline, so it is safe.

    • Hi Pam – Yes, Sal Suds works great on wood floors. Very effective yet gentle. The issue with wood, as I’m sure you know, is not letting them get too wet, but that’s more about the water than the Sal Suds. Make up your solution (1/2 Tbsp. of Sal Suds in 3 gallons of water), submerge your mop, and then wring it out until damp dry.

  3. Hello Lisa! 🙂

    Can you tell me…Can I used the Sal Suds in the dishwasher? We use all of SAL’s products in our house – laundry, diluted spray, shower wash etc….Over the past few months I have been using a blend of WASHING SODA, Salt, and Essential Oil for the dishwasher – well, the dishes come out with a film on them…ugh! The glasses are spotty. So…this morning I used my SALS to wash ALL the dishes by hand – which are shiny and looking so clean….and then I wondered – can I use liquid SALS in the dishwasher? What are your thoughts?

    • Hi Lynette – Sal Suds does a fantastic job of hand washing dishes. The issue with a dishwasher is the bubbles. Sal Suds is so bubbly that it can seep out of the seals on the door. I have heard some customers say they haven’t had a problem with it, but when my brother gave it a try, his dishwasher didn’t like it. Dishwasher soap is high on my list of products I would like to see us make. We haven’t figured it out yet.

    • HI Laura – Yes, it works great on aluminum!

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