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…
Halloween costumes
Tile Floors
Painted walls
Painted shelves
Plastic trash cans
Make Up brushes
Dog bowls
Dog carriers
Dog collars
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
Glass vases
Beach balls
Diaper Changing pads
Wicker baskets
Artificial greenery
Painted MDF
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.

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

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

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

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.

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 Sulfate

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267 thoughts on “Sal Suds Dilution Cheat Sheet

  1. Hi Lisa,

    You mentioned “half cup” for the dishwashing dilution. May I know how much is that? I understand the amount can vary when it comes to baking, depending on the ingredients being measured out.

  2. What is the ph of the cleaner. Does it change when diluted. I am looking for a cleaner safe on porcelain tile and chrome and acrylic

  3. Lisa, whats the word on the shortage of sals suds? We’ve converted everything over to sals and now cant get it, the bronners website says out of stock and they’re saying they hope to have more in a month or so.

  4. Is sal suds or castile soap better for cleaning car interiors (I’m thinking vinyl dash, leather seats, and spot touching some carpet stains)? I would just want to spray on a microfiber cloth and go to town if possible. Whichever one is better….would I use one of your general purpose spray recipes, or is there a difference dilution I should use in a spray bottle? Thanks!

  5. One more question too….is castile or sal suds better for cleaning toilets and bath tub scum?

  6. Just curious, wondering what Lisa and others think: When using Sal Suds for laundry, do you add washing soda, baking soda, salt or anything else or do you find that Sal Suds works just as well alone? I had made a gallon of laundry soap with the above ingredients combined, and had no complaints, but ran out and did not make more. I ended up using straight Sal Suds and was curious what others thought. I know using it in a solution might save money in the long run, but otherwise is there a difference? Do the ingredients in Sal Suds effectively render the other additives moot?

  7. I love sal suds. I’ve used it since 2000.

    Any data on its effectiveness on the herpes viruses, ebstein barr virus? I’d like to know what I’m washing my dishes with and what’s it’s doing.

  8. Is there any particular reason Sal Suds seems to be out of stock everywhere? Has it been discontinued?

  9. Is it ok if a jug of Sal Suds gets completely frozen? I ordered Sal Suds online but when I received it, it was solid as a rock. Just wondering if that affects its chemistry in any way?

  10. What is the formula/instruction for the HE washing machines? I am scared to put it in the washer and it cause clogging. Please advise 🙂

    • Hi Paige – HE machines take half the amount – around 1 Tablespoon, or 15 ml of Sal Suds.

  11. When diluted is the biodegradable sals suds ph neutral? Just wanting to know if it is safe for natural stone, porcelain, chrome fixtures and quartz. If so, how much dilution – Thank you. Also is it safe for painted walls and does it need to be rinsed

    • Hi Kate – Diluting the Sal Suds does also dilute the pH. I just tested the pH of my Sal Suds Spray (1 Tbsp. of Sal Suds in 1 quart of water) , and my home litmus strips showed it as a neutral pH. It is safe for natural stones. If you wipe with a damp cloth, you do not need to do an extra rinsing step.

  12. Looks like a great blog! 🙂

    I have been looking for homemade recipes to clean things like the bathroom and get rid of bacteria, proteins and others.
    I have come across this Sal Suds as an ingredient in several mixes but it seems to be out of stock everywhere?

    Where do you guys get your hands on it?

    • Hi there – We had to stop production for a bit because of a quality issue, but it’s resolved now and we are resupplying retailers. Where are you located?

  13. When will Sal Suds be available again? It was marked ‘sold out’ in January and is still sold out when I checked today. I’m out and miss this wonderful product!

    • Hi Susan – We had a quality control issue that we have now resolved. We are in full production again and you should see it in your stores soon. We will restock our own webstore after we have stocked other retailers, so you will probably see it elsewhere first.

  14. Time for true confessions, folks. It is February 9, 2017, and I have missed several months of comments for the simple reasons that things went a little crazy around here. I very much apologize. I am tackling them now for the sake of those faithful and new readers who might actually read them all. I am going to start with the most recent. Bear with me.

    • Thanks Lisa. It will be great to have you back. I actually managed to get one 16fl oz Sal Suds on Amazon last week. I looked on it as a gift from God as he knew I was so desperate. Lol. There was another seller selling two 32 fl oz for £108 the postage was £4 95 so it was somewhere here in the U.K. I will look later to see if they sold.
      Forever faithful

    • The Sal Suds has been a trial, but we think we tracked down the issue and are back in full production. It will take a bit for the supply to reach all retailers, but it’s coming. Thank you for your patience!

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