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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464 thoughts on “Sal Suds Dilution Cheat Sheet

  1. How do you recommend I dilute Sal Suds for use on a car interior (vinyl, plastic)?

    • Hi Dustin- The Sal Suds All-Purpose Spray, which is 1 Tbsp. Sal Suds added to 1 quart of water, does an excellent job on car interiors. Sal Suds is great on the exterior too – 1/2 Tbsp. in a bucket of water.

  2. Hi I was wondering if anybody knew if you could wash shoes with this???

    • Hi Alex- Yes, if they are a material that can get wet, such as canvas or nylon. I use a semi-stiff brush or nubby rag, like microfiber, with some diluted soap – 1 drop of Sal Suds in a cup of water. If you have any concerns, test in an inconspicuous area first.

  3. Hi,
    Well, it’s clear I can use Sal Suds on hard surfaces. Any suggestions regarding natural stone tile in the shower and grout?

    • Hi Lynne- The Sal Suds All-Purpose Spray (1 Tbsp. Sal Suds in a quart of water in a spray bottle) is fine to use on natural stone and grout. The issue with natural stones like marble and limestone is that they’re soft and they dissolve in acids. This is why vinegar or any sort of acidic cleaner is out of the question. Dr. Bronner’s products are alkaline, and thereby are safe for these surfaces.

  4. Hi, As a recent UK convert to Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap and Sal Suds, I have a question about Sal Suds All-Purpose Spray. A few hours after making a bottle of solution, it went cloudy and then finally cleared but with a white precipitate at the bottom of the bottle. Is this normal or could there be an issue with dissolved minerals, etc., in the water supply. I live in a hard water area and the water is chlorinated to 0.5 ppm, but not fluoridated. I do not get this issue when diluting to dish washing strength. Thanks for any advice you can give.

    • Hi Dave- It could be a matter of temperature. Sal Suds turns white and cloudy in colder temperatures, although this doesn’t affect its efficacy. Is the solution cold by chance?

    • Hi Lisa, The solution was made using lukewarm water and the ambient temperature is 64-68°F, so not cold. Since my post, I have been doing some more research and found an article referring to detergents reacting with dissolved compounds in water. I have made up a solution using deionised water and it has remained crystal clear, so I guess that’s the issue. Thanks for replying to my post.

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