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 Biodegradable Cleaner 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.
Sal Suds in the Laundry

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.
Sal Suds Cleaner in a Spray Bottle

  • All Purpose Spray is also used for the following:
  • Stainless Steel Sink: Spray and sprinkle with baking soda from a shaker. Then scrub.
    Cleaning A Stainless Steel Sink
  • Microsuede: Spray and scrub with a gentle circular motion.
    Cleaning Microsuede
  • Wood: Painted or Sealed (not waxed) – Spray and wipe with a microfiber cloth.
    Wood: Making It Shine
  • 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).

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: Using Sal Suds to Clean Dishes

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.
Mopping Floors with Sal Suds

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.
Car Washing with Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds

If you have SLS concerns check out this blog post: There is no Cancer Risk from SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate)

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426 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.

    • Great question Mackenzie! So Lisa, I wouldn’t need to use any other germ fighting, antibacterial/antimicrobial cleaner after using Sal Suds? How is it for cleaning up feces from pet messes? I’m not a germaphobe but I am VERY germ aware and don’t want to feel like things haven’t been thoroughly cleaned.

    • 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.

    • I use it in my dishwasher and will NEVER (willingly) return to regular dishwashing detergent! I put two drops in with some baking soda and citric acid, my dishes look better than they did with detergent and jet dry!

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

  4. When using Sal Suds and Castile soap for laundry and stains, do I use equal amounts? Also in my HE washer, do I just use the Sal Suds or mix it with the Castile soap?

    • Hi Lisa – You only need one or the other. There’s no benefit to mixing them. I generally use the Sal Suds instead of the Castile in laundry, and if I had an HE machine, I would only use Sal Suds – about 1 Tbsp.

  5. Can I use diluted sal sud on my plants as a pesticide?

  6. If Sal Suds is clean rinsing, then why is it necessary to use vinegar in the laundry rinse cycle?

    • Hi Carol – Vinegar acts as a fabric softener for people who like that. I don’t use it either.

  7. Hi Lisa,

    I would like to use Sal Suds as an HE laundry detergent. If I want to make a quart bottle to keep by the washing machine…how much Sal Suds to how much water?

    • Hi John – Since each load should get 1 tbsp of Sal Suds, Mix 1 cup of Sal Suds with 3 cups of water in your quart bottle, and then add 1/4 cup of the mixture to each load.

  8. Do you make any adjustments for soft water? I’m especially interested for hand dishwashing but if you know adjustments for other situations I’m opened hearing them!

    • Hi Shauna – Nope, no adjustments needed if you have soft water. Hard water can affect the rinsability of soap, but there’s no issue with soft water.

  9. Lisa,
    can you safely clean laminate floors with Sal Suds? I use it on my wood floors, but wasn’t sure if I should on laminate. Thanks, Linda

    • Hi Linda – Yes, you can use Sal Suds on laminate just as you would on wood floors. Isn’t that nice? Just be sure to wring your mop out well before using and mop up any puddles as excess water can cause wood and laminate to swell.

  10. Lisa,

    Do you have a solution recommendation for a spray to use on laminate floors? I need a quick and available cleaner for small messes. Thank you.

    • Hi Sarah – I sure do – Sal Suds! For small messes, I just use my pre-mixed Sal Suds solution, spray and wipe up with a damp rag. For a large area, mix up a very mild dilution and there’s need to rinse. Conversely, too much Sal Suds will make for a lot of bubbles – fun outside with kiddos, but not so much in the house. If you’re using a mop pad and bucket, a dilution of about 2 gallons of water and 1 tsp. of Sal Suds. Add the water to your bucket first and then the Sal Suds to avoid a bubble overflow. Whether a big area or small, be sure to mop up any excess water as pooled water can cause laminate to swell up.

  11. Hi Lisa , I’m a chef and at home I Often use cast iron. The pots and pans I use are enamel coated lecruset.
    They tend to get stained externally and it takes some elbow grease and lots of bon ami or bar keepers friend to get the stains out. Would sal suds help or do better for this task?

    Thanks In advance,
    Scott

    • Hi Scott – Well, some would argue that stains are a sign of a well-used, well-loved pot! A paste of Sal Suds, baking soda and little water would work on your enameled pots. Also try boiling water in the pot with little bit of baking soda and then letting it soak. Avoid cleaning with steel wool though.

  12. Hi Lisa –

    I am just beginning to use SalSuds for hand dishwashing and for laundry. I know not to use it with bleach. But I wonder if I can use it with commercial spot removers like Shout. I will switch to Sal Suds for pre-spotting but I have quite a bit of Shout to use up. Thank you.

    • Hi Ann- Glad you’re using and liking the Sal Suds! Once you finish up your Shout, Sal Suds is a great spot remover, but in the meantime there is no interaction between the two.

  13. Hi! I’m pretty new at all of this…May I use SalSuds Biodegradable Cleaner to clean grout and Travertine stone(before resealing and as a regular cleaner?
    Thank you!
    Lisa

    • Hi Lisa – Welcome! Yes, the Sal Suds All Purpose Spray (dilution) is fine to use on Travertine and grout.

  14. I use the all purpose spray for my tile shower every week. It is awesome at getting the hunk out of the grout.

  15. Hi Lisa,

    I want to use a natural cleaner attached to our garden hose to clean our patio and house siding – can Sal’s work for that? Do you recommend a certain dilution and will it need a rinse afterward?

    • Hi Kate – Sal Suds will work great on your siding. It is clean rinsing, biodegradable and won’t harm any landscaping. Just a drop mixed with water in the solution compartment of your pressure washer will do a great job. At that dilution, it shouldn’t need any rinsing. I also have a post about cleaning outdoor furniture with Sal Suds if you want a little more about cleaning outdoors. http://www.lisabronner.com/2971-2/

  16. Hi, Lisa! Would Sal Suds be safe to use in generic foaming liquid hand soap dispensers? The Castile soap works great for this purpose, but I find that it doesn’t remove grease from my hands when I’m working in the kitchen. I was hoping that if it were sufficiently diluted, Sal Suds would be both be safe and grease-cutting. Thanks!
    These are the kind of soap dispensers I’m talking about: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018SUABWU/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&th=1

  17. hi lisa
    i’ve been researching natural cleaners as i am interested in an all purpose gentle cleaner for our home-as well as pairing down on cleaning products
    does sal suds work on eliminating mold or preventing mold in the shower/bath tub/tile?
    and/or do i need to add “clorox clean-up” periodically for whitening or mold prevention?
    if so can sal suds and clorox clean-up be used together?

    • Hi Audrey – Glad you found us! Sal Suds is an excellent all purpose cleaner for nearly every surface. However, there is not a dilution that will kill mold as quickly and with no scrubbing as a conventional product such as Clorox, but the GIY Soft Scrub with either Sal Suds or Castile soap (I recommend Tea Tree in this case) and some elbow grease does a good job of tackling it. Here’s a step by step recipe: http://www.lisabronner.com/giy-soft-scrub-with-dr-bronners/. As I’m sure you know, prevention is best, and so keeping the area dry and cleaning it often will help.

    • Hi Barbara – The recipe I use to clean leather is from a Karen Logan book, Clean House, Clean Planet. Mix 2 parts olive oil to 1 part vinegar. Put it in a squirt bottle (not a spray bottle). Use it sparingly so that the leather doesn’t get greasy. Buff dry with a damp cloth. If your leather is really dirty, you can use a mild Sal Suds solution of 1 Tbsp. in a quart of water, but if that’s too sudsy, cut it down. Spot test either method in an inconspicuous area.

  18. where can I obtain the Sal Suds. I live in Ontario Canada, Alliston. Is there a place to help?

    • Hi Marlene – Many organic markets or “natural foods” stores carry Dr. Bronner’s products. You can also reach out to a distributor in your area who will be able to tell you what stores in your area carry our products. You can locate the distributor serving your area on our website here: https://www.drbronner.com/wholesale/international/

  19. Hi!
    I am sure this is posted somewhere but I couldn’t find it… Is Sal Suds safe to use on granite? Is there anything else I need to add to it (besides water according to the dilution chart) so that it will disinfect bathroom countertops and toilets?
    Thank you

    • Hi Annette – Yes, The Sal Suds All-Purpose dilution will clean all those things! Just spray and wipe with a clean, damp cloth. For toilets, spray the bowl and the brush and give it a few minutes before flushing.

  20. Hi Lisa,
    When using Sal Suds to make an all-purpose spray, can I add vinegar to the recipe to boost cleaning and germ fighting? Additionally, when used as an all-purpose spray across my kitchen countertops do I need to rinse it off after wiping the spray off?

    • Hi Olivia – There is no issue mixing Sal Suds and vinegar – although you wouldn’t want to mix vinegar and our Castile soap. However, Sal Suds does a great job all on it’s own and you don’t really need to add anything to it. Just spray the all-purpose spray and wipe with a damp cloth. It really is that simple!

  21. Hi! I am just getting on board with Sal Suds and Castile soap and am really excited. I have a Hoover Floor-mate (a scrubbing machine to clean floors) and would like to use the Sal Suds in the machine instead of the Hoover brand. Do you think that is a good idea?

    • Hi Maggie – Welcome! I’m glad you’re putting our soaps to work! I’m not familiar with this particular machine, but if it has a rinsing capability or method of picking up the Sal Suds as it grabs the dirt, then yes. And just one drop in the solution compartment is all you need.

  22. Dear Lisa,

    I live in Albuquerque and am planning to get into xeriscaping. I have a small portable clothes washing machine which I use Sal Suds in. I have to manually drain the machine and dump the water. My question is, can I water plants with the water I drain out of my machine if I only use Sal Suds as a detergent? Thanks!

    • Hi Curt- Talk about being “water wise!” You’re right in thinking that Sal Suds is biodegradable and it is safe for plants in small doses. But, that might be too high of a concentration for your plants. If you want to give it a try, rotate around and alternate with non-soapy water so you’re not dousing the same plants with the soapy water repeatedly. And maybe don’t try this on your favorite plants. It doesn’t sound like you’re using vinegar or baking soda in your wash, which your plants most certainly would not like. Let me know how it goes.

  23. I’m new to Sal Suds! Can I use it to make a daily shower spray that is effective with hard water and safe for natural stone?

    • Hi Pam- Welcome to Sal Suds! Sal Suds needs to be rinsed off for it to really do its job. It works by grabbing on to dirt and germs and then rinsing them away with water. The best daily spray is vinegar, which you won’t want to use that with a softer natural stone as it can etch. To prevent hard water build up (aka soap scum), your best bet is to squeegee or dry your shower so there are no dissolved salts sitting there that would later cling to the surfaces when the water evaporates. If you’re interested in reading more about soap scum, see my blog post about it. http://www.lisabronner.com/scum-scum-go-away/

  24. Can this solution be used for indoor polished concrete flooring? Also, is it safe for pets?

    • Hi Cindy- It sure can! Just be sure to use a low concentration so no residue remains that might make the floor slick. Sal Suds is safe for cleaning around pets, but not bathing them. Our Castile soap works great for that.

    • Hi Elsie – You sure can! You don’t want an acidic solution on marble as it can etch. But Sal Suds is alkaline, and when diluted has a pH near neutral, so it is safe.

  25. Someone else had mentioned they know not to use Sal Suds with bleach. Is there some other whitener that would be appropriate for laundry? What happens if you use bleach?

    • Hi Heidi – Add 1/2 c. (1/4 c. for HE) of baking soda, for extra whitening and brightening in your laundry. Our chemistry and R&D consultant, Dr. Vartan Libaridian, hasn’t run the full testing of bleach and Sal Suds together, but he suspects the bleach wouldn’t be beneficial. And baking soda is certainly the more natural of the two.

  26. How did I miss that you are not supposed to use bleach with Sal Suds? I don’t use bleach often in my laundry, but when I do, I have never noticed any problems. (Actually, I use a very dilute (2Tbs/gal) bleach solution in EVERY load – this keeps my front-loader from acquiring odors, and doesn’t seem to have any effect on my clothes.) And in case anyone cares, I use 4-6 teaspoons of Sal Suds per load in my HE front-loader.

  27. Can I use this in front load washing machines? And if soWhat is the recommended amount?

    • Hi Lindsey – Yes! Sal Suds works great in the laundry. For your washing machine, use 1-1/2 Tbsp. Sal Suds for a large load. For extra whitening, use 1/4 cup baking soda in the wash cycle. If you’re adding vinegar to the rinse cycle, adjust to 1/2 cup.

  28. Hi Lisa, I realize that this question has probably been asked and answered many times over – but I was wondering if Sal Suds can be used as a general all purpose cleaner on kitchen countertops? and does it need to be rinsed? And if it does work well on daily countertop use, what would be the dilution that you would suggest for this purpose? Thank you.

    • Hi Annette – The Sal Suds All-Purpose Spray – 1 Tbsp Sal Suds added to a quart of water – works great on counter tops! After spraying, just wipe with a damp cloth. I like microfiber, but whatever you have will do the trick.

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