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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  1. Thanks so much for the info. We don’t use bleach that often but I would like to go green so I’ll be doing away with those cleaners. I’m anxious to get my Sal Suds and tea tree!

  2. Hi again
    I was wondering, could I just pour Castile soap in a hand soap dispenser and use without adding any water, nor using a foaming dispenser?
    Thanks again!

    • Hi Adianez – No, the castile soap does not work well in a regular soap dispenser. It will dry inside the pump and partially clog it, causing soap to shoot out of them pump, oftentimes up into the face. No amount of diluting it will prevent this from happening, eventually. Either keep it in its current bottle and just use a drop or two, or use a foaming pump at a dilution of 1:3.

    • Hi. I’ve been using diluted castile soap for years in a regular, non-foaming, soap dispenser without any problems. The only time I had any issues with castile soap getting clogged up was when using a plastic travel soap dispenser. If I were you I’d just try it in your dispenser. If it works, great. If not, go a different route. Hope this helps.

    • Thanks Roseanna. I will give it a try. What dilution ratios do you use when using it this way?
      Lisa: I will definitely keep your advise in mind and if I notice signs of clogging I’ll go about it another way.
      Thank you both!

    • I have been using my Bronner’s Rose or Lavender Castile in a foamer for a while. I follow the instructions on the foamer (which I found at Ace Hardware), which seems to be about 1 part soap to 3 parts water. If the foam is too thick or thin you can add more water or more soap. I haven’t had any clogging. I’m buying my Bronner’s by the quart now. 😀

  3. I’ll mention that I’ve been successfully been using Sals in my dishwashing machine for the past few years. Hard water (14 grains).

    The basic formula that has worked for me is pretty simple:
    1/4 tsp sals + 2 TBSP Washing Soda in the prewash cup
    1/4 tsp sals + 1 TBSP Citric acid in the wash cup (I buy mine in bulk online for cheap)
    Vinegar in the drying dispenser

    At my previous residence I was able to use 1/2 tsp Sals (maybe due to different machine/water). Just need to pay attention to overfoaming which seems to prevent good circulation of water in the machine.

    I have a ton of glassware and it comes out crystal clear.

    • Hi Donna – Yes, but not overpoweringly so. It has fir needle oil and spruce leaf oil.

    • Hi Connie – Sal Suds works fabulously in hard water. It was designed for this purpose. However, it does not contain any water softening agents.

  4. Hello Lisa!

    I have been using Dr. Bronner’s castile soaps for a few years now; they’ve worked fabulously for washing my face, hair, as a body wash, etc. I have zero complaints about the soaps and just adore the fact that they’re Vegan and generally Animal friendly, you can’t get much better than that! Recently I have started to use reusable cloth menstrual pads since discovering the countless negative health side effects, not to mention the deleterious environmental impact, of using disposable menstrual products. At the risk of sharing too much information here, I have extremely heavy periods and I find I stain my cloth pads thoroughly. I was hoping and wondering that it would be possible to use Sal Suds to not only launder my cloth pads but also to treat the stains prior to laundering. Would doing this help remove stains? And also, since it is recommended to not use softeners and typical detergents, etc., when washing cloth pads because it will negatively effect their absorbency (like cloth diapers), is using Sal Suds safe for this purpose? Thank you ahead of time for any information. I am looking forward to ditching other brands of oxy-type cleaners and stain sticks if Sals Suds can be used effectively instead! And, I cannot wait to begin finally using Bronner’s soap to do laundry instead of the overpriced, non-Vegan garbage my family is accustomed to. Much love! -Sarah

    • Hi Sarah – I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying Dr. B’s and are in sync with so much of what we’re doing here! Great question about the reusable pads. Like you said, the principles in laundering them are similar to those for cloth diapers. You want to clean them thoroughly, remove stains, and keep them highly absorbent. Sal Suds is perfect for this. You can definitely pretreat stains by putting Sal Suds directly on them before laundering. Add the baking soda to the wash (about 1/2 c. in a large load – adjust that if you’re doing a smaller load) for extra whitening. Add the vinegar (1 c. in a large load) for extra rinsing and whitening. And then the best way to dry would be out in the sun for its own whitening powers.

      I haven’t been asked this before, and I’m curious on your results with the Sal Suds. Let me know what you think.

    • Thank you so much for getting back to me Lisa! I so appreciate all the tips and information you shared regarding my questions, I am stoked to get started! I’m so happy that I don’t have to worry about finding some other product to fix the reusable pad predicament. Dr. Bronner’s truly is the best of the best for quite literally everything, and I could not thank you and your family enough! 🙂 Keep up the awesomeness. I’m going to order some Sal Suds right away. Take care!

  5. I have laminate floors. I’ve been using diluted white vinegar in water. Can I use Sal Suds on laminate flooring? Pergo brand laminate specifies only a diluted white vinegar mixture. I’m sure that the laminate floor in my apartment isn’t Pergo, but I’ve been using what Pergo requires anyway.

    Also, will the Sal Suds require a rinsing?

    • Hi Pauline – Vinegar works great on laminate, but if you have a dirtier floor than what vinegar can handle (I certainly do!), Sal Suds is a good option. You need a very mild dilution or else you’ll end up with a bunch of bubbles and you will need to rinse. If it’s diluted enough, you will not need to rinse. If you’re using a mop pad and bucket, a dilution of maybe 2 gallons of water and 1 tsp. of Sal Suds? Something around that, but feel free to tweak it for what works for you.

  6. Hi Lisa,
    I am ready to switch to Dr. Bronner’s natural cleaning products and see how they do for me in my home. I am wondering if I can use Sal Suds in the sink after I have used/cleaned fresh meat instead of bleach? I am afraid of substituting anything for bleach. Looking for an answer, Michelle

    • Hi Michelle – Sal Suds is plenty powerful to clean up after meat. I use it regularly. I small squirt in the sink and some scrubbing with a sink brush is perfect. For an extra boost, I let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse it down with hot water.

  7. How do you get set in (dried 🙁 red dye stains out of cloths . Thanks, I love your sal suds , making everyone I know cleaner 🙂

    • Hi Rhonda – If the red stain is from an actual fabric dye that is meant to adhere to fabric, getting it out is going to be pretty tough. In fact, one of the selling-points for Sal Suds in the laundry is that it won’t take dye out of fabric. I did use it this past weekend to get a smashed raspberry stain out of my daughter’s Easter dress, and it worked fabulously, as always. However, the best natural bleach is sunlight. If this is an item that can be left in strong sunlight for several days, the color will certainly fade a good bit, if not completely. But this will fade every color in the fabric, so consider carefully if this is what you want to do.

      If the stain is not dye, try putting pure undiluted Sal Suds on it. Work it in with your fingers a bit, then let it soak in cold water for a day. Then launder it and see how it does. Good luck!

    • Thanks. I got it out of most of the items by presoaking with Sal Suds,Vinegar & salt. The light “pink” with sal suds and Free Oxi Clean. I had to buy the Oxi because I make my own laundry soap. I love my sal suds

  8. Hi, I love your products – I’ve been using the castile sopa since the 1970’s! 🙂 How should I dilute the Sal Suds to wash makeup brushes, and what is the best way to do it? I tried washing them with a castile dilution and it didn’t work well at all. Thanks so much, Kim

    • Hi Kim – I’ve been meaning to blog about that! Put a drop of Sal Suds on each brush and work it through the bristles gently. Then rinse them thoroughly in a bowl of water. Depending on which products they were for and how long it’s been since they were washed, you may need more than one drop. For example, if we’re talking a liquid foundation brush, you may need more Sal Suds than for a powdered eye shadow brush. Then take a towel and gently squeeze the water out of the bristles and let them air dry. You may need to fluff them a bit to get them to dry fully, if they’re really fluffy brushes.

  9. I’ve done a lot of searching for the right product to use on dishes in my sink. I don’t want any Palm oil in my products. I’ve tried to make my own dish soap but it forms a big glob and didn’t work very well. Any suggestions on the product that is least destructive to animals, habitat, planet and people and isn’t wildly expensive. Thanks.

    • Hi Lindsey – Both our pure castile soaps and our Sal Suds are made with the highest attention to the well-being of all that you mention. I definitely hear your concern about palm oil. We have that concern too, which is why we have set up our own palm oil operation in Ghana, with no clear-cutting of the rain forest and no habitat loss for primates (no orangutans live in Ghana). You can read more about our care there on our website: https://www.drbronner.com/ingredients/fair-trade-around-the-world/palm-oil/. However, if you still want to steer clear of palm oil, our Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner does not contain it. You can check it out here: https://www.drbronner.com/DBMS/SALSUDSCLEANER/SSLI16.html.

    • I have the best receipe for dish liquid you will love , I dissolve 1 tsp.. salt in 1/2 cup hot water, stir till dissolved then add 1/2 cup sal suds then add in 1/2 cup white vinegar and 1 tsp. lemon juice a nice lasting dish liquid I put in old dawn bottle, makes your hands feel nice also. Stir all till nice and think

    • Hi Megan – Yep! Marble usually doesn’t like acid, but the Sal Suds is alkaline.

  10. I am wondering if Sal Suds is fragrance free. I have MCS and can only use fragrance free products and want earth-friendly solutions for cleaning. Thanks!

    • Hi Bre – Sal Suds has no fragrance added to it. However, two of the ingredients that make it effective do have a scent. They are Abies Siberica (Siberian Fir) Needle Oil, Picea Glauca (Spruce) Leaf Oil. It is very light, but I don’t know how this may affect you. Our unscented Baby Mild Pure Castile soap is more unscented.

    • Lisa,
      Are those ingredients chemical or from plants?
      and, what does “more unscented” mean?
      Why don’t you make a fragrance free soap? I am sure it would be a big seller.
      Bre

    • All of the ingredients in Sal Suds are synthesized from plants, which means they go through much more processing than merely pressing oils out. The Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, for example, is synthesized from coconuts. Regarding the “more unscented” Baby Mild, there is no essential oil added to scent that soap either, but olive oil, which is a main ingredient, in it has a natural scent which you may notice. It is an unscented soap in that no scent is added, but everything smells like something.

      While I’m on the topic, let me put a thought out there: most products that are marketed as “fragrance-free” may still have a masking fragrance added to them, which is a chemical that is added to cancel out the naturally occurring scents of the other ingredients.

  11. Can this product be used when using a dishwasher and if so, what are the measurements?

    • Hi Denise – No, we don’t endorse using Sal Suds in a dishwasher. However, I know there are a many a reader who will disagree with me here. I’ve found that it is too bubbly for my dishwasher.

  12. I’ve been told that without some sort of preservative, water in any mixture will develop bacteria if not used for single use purposes.

    • Hi Lisa – It would depend, I suppose, on the quality of the water, and the strength of the solution. However, if you’re mixing tap water, which is usually tremendously treated, with Sal Suds, which also fights bacteria, the solution is not going to grow anything for a while.

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