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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96 thoughts on “Sal Suds Dilution Cheat Sheet

  1. Hi Lisa,

    I am wondering: is the Sal Sud soap safe to use to clean the Diva Cup? If so how should I dilute it?
    Thank you,


  2. Hi Janie – Yes, the pure castile soap does react with the minerals in hard water. Here’s a nifty little video I did that demonstrates this: In washing our bodies, this isn’t really a problem. However, in washing shiny surfaces around the house, or in the laundry, it can leave a residue. Sal Suds does not have this issue and if your water is particularly hard, would be the best option for household purposes.

    Hi PaulaLyn – Yes, the Sal Suds is a fabulous option and I think you’ll love the results. As you’ve said, vinegar is a no-go because its acidity eats soft stones, which are very popular nowadays. However, using the Sal Suds spray with a not too stiff scrub brush works really well. You can also sprinkle on some baking soda (which is alkaline) to add some extra scrubbing power.

    HI Josianne – Yes, the Sal Suds would work well on the Diva Cup. You would just need a drop or two in the cup, or if you wanted to do it in a sink, add a couple drops of Sal Suds to a sinkfull of water.

    All the best,

  3. Hi Lisa,

    So far so good with the sal sud’s. I’m trying to use it as the sole household cleaner of a very large meditation campus. I don’t see anything about concrete here. We have a large concrete kitchen(treated with something that makes it look green.I don’t know what it’s treated with..), and 2 large concrete Dining rooms with long concrete breezeways. We currently use Simple green Pro HD on the kitchen and FGS conditioner on the breezeways. It’s confusing having three floor cleaners at the center. One for residences(sal sud’s),one for kitchen, and one for dining room makes training difficult as each course the student’s themselves mop when they finish a course. What do you say about Sal suds on concrete, and if it’s safe long term, what dilution would you use for a greasy/grimy kitchen floor and soiled-by-dirty-shoes dining rooms and breezeways?

    I am a fan of your product and would love to make it the ALL purpose cleaner of the center instead of different products for each area.


    Sergio- western MA

  4. Hi Sergio – I would absolutely just use Sal Suds on all these different floors. For that greasy kitchen floor, maybe up the Sal Suds to 1 Tbsp. in your 3 gallon bucket – you’ll know if that’s too much because you’ll have leftover bubbles and no more grease for it to bond with. Sal Suds is equally effective on plain old dirt. Fiddle with that ratio until it is effective without extra bubbles. It will not harm the concrete nor the finish on it.

    All the best,

  5. Hi Lisa,
    I am interested in trying to be more “green”. I’m wondering if this sals suds soap kills germs? I want to make sure if i am using it to wash hands after touching raw meats and for washing dishes and such that it will kill the germs… Thanks!

  6. Hi Lisa, I’m a huge fan of your baby mild castile soap and use it in a lot of ways around the house including bathing my baby with it. I was also planning to buy Sal Suds for laundry, dishes etc but happened to read one of the reviews in amazon which said that coco betaine was named the allergen of the year in 2004 by the American Contact Dermatitis Society. Is it really that bad or can I use it for washing my baby’s bottles, clothes etc and what precautions should I take to ensure that it can’t cause any harm to the baby ?

  7. Hi Lisa,

    Can it be used to clean keyboards, monitors and PC equipment devices and accessories from the outside (plastic)?

  8. Hi,

    I’ve been using the sal suds as a dish wash and all purpose spray for 2 days since I got it in few days ago, it work great and do a good job at home, but I find out it is a bit too strong for my skin, after I use it I feel so dry on my hand, is that normal?

    I do a ½ cup in 946ml water for hand dish wash, and I do 1 TBSP in 946 ml water for all purpose spray.


  9. Is this animal safe? I have cats, dogs, reptiles and birds. (I live in a zoo) Reptiles and birds are sensitive to fumes and absorb toxins, both chemical and plant, through their skin. My parrots in particular are easily effected by exposure to the wrong thing. I will also take this question to my parrot groups on Facebook. Thanks!

    • Karin, we have 5 parrots, a dog, a cat, a hedgehog, and a bearded dragon lizard. No problems. I won’t use anything but SAL Suds and Poop-Off around the birds.

  10. Hi Lisa,

    I’m a house cleaner and have been using Sal Suds for years and loving it. Somebody asked me yesterday about using it on marble floors. I checked your list above and don’t see that listed. I think the issue is with acid cleaners and I know Sal Suds is mildly alkaline. But can you tell me about using it on marble floors? Thanks.

  11. Hi Lisa,

    Can you add a Sal Suds soft scrub recipe to your cheat sheet? (And maybe one for the castile soap cheat sheet as well?)

    Also, since Sal Suds is a detergent, not a soap, does that mean it is harsher, and I should possibly be wearing gloves when using it (esp when mixing it, since I may touch the concentrated formula?) I don’t quite understand the difference between soap and detergent yet… If soap is safer than detergent, and Sal Suds is a detergent, how does Sal Suds fit into the category of non-toxic DIY cleaning supplies? Are things like Dawn and Palmolive detergents too (even though I think of them as soap)?


  12. Can I use diluted Sal Suds on my carpets without rinsing? My carpet cleaner doesn’t have a tank for rinse water. Thanks!

  13. Lisa, I am curious as to whether or not Dr. bronners Castile soaps (peppermint, tea tree, etc.) will work as effectively at home cleaning as Sal Suds? I am highly allergic to Sodium Lauryl Sulfate which is the second ingredient in Sal Suds, so I wanted to just use the liquid Castile soaps for everything including laundry and floors… Please let me know if this will work?

  14. Hi Lisa,

    Is the Sal Suds safe for use to clean baby (newborn/infant) toys/play mats/activity gym etc? Baby is pretty much licking everything. Is the cleaner non-toxic?


  15. Just a note to let you know the many reasons I love Bronner’s products. I swim 4-5 days a week. I do a mile a day in the pool. I wear goggles, caps and earplugs and Sal suds has really helped me out. 1st I use it in my laundry, one of those measuring cups from drink mixes for one really large load in cold water, I add 1/2 cup white vinegar in the last rinse. We have very hard water, with iron, it stains everything, but so far,(over a year) so good. 2nd I use Sal Suds for my dish washing and general cleaning. I add 1/2 tsp Sal suds and 4oz vinegar to a spray bottle , I pour water in slowly from a pitcher and add a couple of drops of tea tree oil. I spray my dishes, fill sink with hot water, let soak a bit, drain sink, wipe dishes and rinse under hot water, using a machine, I just spray dishes and put vinegar in rinse cup. 3rd, for the swimming, every day in the shower I scrub my cap with a couple of drops of sal suds, then rinse, next I use a defoliating wash cloth and scrub the inside of my goggles with sal suds (our eyes sweat too, and dead skin….ugh) then the outsides and rinse well. I keep them in my locker wrapped in a towel, I do not dry them, been wearing them for over a year. The ear plugs I use are silicone disposables. I use each pair a week and toss them on Friday. As for the cap and goggles I wash them in my hand every day with a couple of drops of sal suds then rinse really well. I roll them up squirt them with a 50/50 mix of alcohol and white vinegar. I have very sensitive skin and most things annoy me, I am sensitive to chlorine. I use the peppermint castile for everything else, including my hair. Bronner’s really is a great product. I use 2 gallons of Sal Suds a year and and a gallon of peppermint lasst me for 2+ years.

  16. Hello Lisa!

    I always enjoy your blog. My question has to do with windshield wiper fluid. This truck I just bought calls for Optikleen concentrated fluid that you mix with distilled water. It’s GM recommended. I guess it’s been around for quite sometime but I have never heard of it. I caught a post in a forum where they mentioned what the ingredients were and said you could make your own rather than pay there steep price that it was made up of alcohol, distilled water and a surfactant. Sal’s Suds came to mind as the surfactant when I seen this. What do you think? Do you know anyone that has done this? Thanks for you in put always.


    Brenda Frank

  17. Can you use vinegar with sal suds? I know you don’t with regular castile soap(good article by the way!!!)

  18. lisa –
    I have extremely oily skin/hair and I tend to sweat a lot. As a result, most soaps and body washes do not get me adequately clean. One day I tried sal suds; it worked like a charm, and I have been using it as a body wash ever since. besides the claims that it can dry skin out, is there any reason that I should be wary of using it daily as a body wash/shampoo?


  19. Well, this started off promising but then no one was answered. Kinda boring and frustrating reading a bunch of unanswered questions. I’m disappointed and expected more from this company. All it does is make me wonder why she (Lisa) didn’t want to answer some of these questions.??? Hopefully she’ll get around to it soon. Until she does I’m on hold with my order. Sorry, but some of the questions asked are important to me.

  20. Hello! Does this have a neutral pH? We have Piedrafina countertops in our bathrooms and they recommend a neutral pH cleaner for them. Would this be ok on them?
    Thank you!

  21. Hi Lisa, I have a lot of questions as well as those above that are from 2014. How can I find your replies to these? Have they answered aomewhere else? I am excited about your product and want to start ridding of my toxic cleaners. Thanks, Cindy

  22. Can you tell me exactly what you use to clean makeup brushes? I have both Sal Suds and Castile Soap but not sure which to use and what else to mix how much with. THANK YOU!!

  23. I don’t know if anyone else has shared this, but I wanted to share that I’ve had success with thickening the Sal Suds for use in a dishwand. I put measured our 1/4 cup sal suds into my pyrex. Then I added 1/8 tsp salt. I mixed this together with a fork until it formed a thick gel. Then I added around 1/4 cup cold water. (I would measure it out and slowly add the water, whisking with a fork until you reach the desired consistency.) It seems rather flexible though, as I added too much water at first, which I correct with a bit more sal suds and a dash of salt. So far it seems good, though I’m keeping an eye on it for separation or hardening. But so far, so good. Just thought I’d share since I’ve seen others ask about it before.

  24. Can vinegar be used with Sal Suds? I know you have posted that it should not be used with Castile Soap as they neutralize each other but can I use vinegar in a recipe WITH Sal Suds instead of as a second step?

  25. I was wondering about using the Sal Suds in my dishwasher. I use it for laundry and now want to try in the dishwasher because it does so great with everything else. Does anyone have a recipe? I saw a link above, but it is no longer active. Thanks!

    • Hi Sarah – Yes! It does an excellent job of it.

    • Hi Penny – We don’t recommend it. However, you will find other customers who have found success in various formulas using the Sal Suds. We have also heard and experienced stories of bubbles pouring out around the sides of the washer, though, and general dishwasher unhappiness. It’s on our “to-do” list to figure out one of these days. In the meantime, definitely use Sal Suds for all your handwashing dishes.

  26. I like cleaning my make up brushes with woolite laundry detergent but the ingredients are harsh and I want to use an all natural detergent. Any tips on using this for make up brushes??

  27. Hi. I used sal suds in spray bottle hi strength on ants in the house and accidentally inhaled it. Is it toxic or are there any bad effects
    thank you

    • I’m not the expert but I think you don’t need to worry about toxicity or bad effects – that’s why you chose Dr Bronner’s! Good for you! I hope Lisa will soon have time to confirm here.

  28. Hi Lisa, We are starting to go greener and I am so excited… can you tell me how to make hand soap for the bathroom? I wondered if the lavender castille soap, diluted would work? Can you give me an idea of how to make it? I am definitely going to try Sal Suds too!

  29. In having a hard time with my Sal Suds on countertops. I have diluted it as you instructed, perhaps even more, and it is so bubbly and soapy. It leaves soap all over my counters which makes streaks, and then I have to rinse thoroughly with water. I’m at the point where I’m using about 1/4 teaspoon in a quart and this is still happening…

  30. New to Dr. Bronner’s and am loving it. Do I need to use fabric softener with Sal Suds and is it okay to use on a wood floor?

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