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
http://www.lisabronner.com/?p=127

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
http://www.lisabronner.com/?p=180

  • All Purpose Spray is also used for the following:
  • Stainless Steel Sink: Spray and sprinkle with baking soda from a shaker. Then scrub.
    http://www.lisabronner.com/?p=535
  • Microsuede: Spray and scrub with a gentle circular motion.
    http://www.lisabronner.com/?p=657
  • Wood: Painted or Sealed (not waxed) – Spray and wipe with a microfiber cloth
    http://www.lisabronner.com/?p=710
  • 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)
http://www.lisabronner.com/?p=491

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.
http://www.lisabronner.com/?p=299

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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309 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.
    Thanks!

    • Hi! The trick is that cups measure volume, not weight… so here is the standard equivalents:
      1 cup is 240ml
      1 tablespoon is 15ml
      1 teaspoon is 5ml
      And so on for the half measures, thirds and quarters…

    • Dear Lisa Bronner,

      I would like to ask for pre diluted washing dish by hand, which is 1/2 cup for a quart of water and using squirt bottle.

      My question is, when we wash the dishes, do we mix this pre diluted with water again or that’s the final mix to wash dish straight away?

      Thanks!
      Sari.

    • Hi Sari – That’s what you would use total – like to spray down dishes and scrub them. If you wanted to fill a sink, you could estimate the size of the sink and calculate accordingly. Feel free to adjust this, though. My dilutions are starting points. Use less if it does the job. More if there’s a lot of grease, etc.

  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!

    • Hi Leigh – I’m so sorry for the delay here! Either would do the job great. I can’t think of a reason I would grab one over the other in this application. I would use whichever one was handiest. The All Purpose spray dilutions with a microfiber cloth is exactly what you need.

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

    • Hi Leigh – I would use Sal Suds for both of these. It is more clean rinsing than the Castile, but this is only noticeable on shiny surfaces, such as those we find in the bathroom. It’s also even more concentrated than the Castile, so you’d need less.

  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
      Maureen

    • 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!

    • Hi Dustin – In some batches that never were sent out we noticed some off readings during the routine QC. So there was a back log until we sorted it out. It turned out there had been a change in how some of the raw materials were processed. WE have fixed it now and supply is back up and running.

  15. I would like to use Sal Suds in my animal hospital for general cleaning. We use other special cleaners that are approved for Parvo virus. I use Sal Suds at my home. However, at my clinic I need to have an OSHA approved secondary label that I can put on a spray bottler with dilution information. Do you produce a secondary label?

    • Hi Mark – We haven’t heard of that, but I could give you a Safety Data Sheet, if that would help?

  16. Is it safe to use Sal Suds on a dogs coat in between shampoos?

    Thanking you in advance,
    Gail

  17. Hi Lisa,
    I am really quite confused as I was under the impression that Dr bronners supplies cleaning products that are a healthy natural alternative to the harsh chemicals on the market. I was going through the ingredients list of Sal Suds and to my surprise found that the 2nd ingredient was Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, also known as SLS! This is a known skin & eye irritant, It pollutes our groundwater, It is actually a pesticide and herbicide, It emits toxic fumes when heated, It has corrosive properties, Long-term permeation of the body’s tissues, it has Nitrate and other solvent contamination, Manufacturing process is highly polluting, It helps other chemicals get into your body……..WHY? Especially when you can use many other healthy alternatives to manufacture your product??

    • Hi Cara – I am terribly sorry at my delay in responding to your concern. It is great to hear how carefully you are reading your product labels. That is something that not enough consumers do. I wrote a post specifically about some of your SLS concerns – http://www.lisabronner.com/there-is-no-cancer-risk-from-sls-sodium-lauryl-sulfate/. The long story short, is that many of your concerns are confusing SLS with SLES, which is sodium laureth sulfate. I know it’s only a syllable as far as the name is concerned, but chemically speaking, it’s a world of difference. SLES has undergone ethoxylation, which adds the risk of contamination of 1,4 dioxane and ethylene oxide, both of which are known human carcinogens. The toxicitiy, corrosiveness, and body absorption you’ve heard of may stem from the SLS/SLES confusion.

      SLS is not a biocide of any sort. It is a surfactant which means it grabs hold of water with one end and grime/dirt/nasty stuff with the other end and rinses them away. SLS can be drying and thus irritating to the skin, and the pH of course is too high for the eyes, which means it should not be in personal care products. It is, nonetheless, found in many, many conventional shampoos, toothpastes, and body washes. Our CAstile soaps, which are formulated primarily for personal care use, even though, they have many many other uses, contain the best ingredients for our skin.

      Sal Suds is completely biodegradable. We’ve had it certified for use in grey water systems. I’d be happy to send you those reports if you’d like to email me at lisa@drbronner.com.

      For more info, check out the Environmental Working Group’s Healthy Cleaning Site. Here’s what their review of Sal Suds: http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/496-DrBronnersSalSudsLiquidCleaner.

  18. I managed to get some Sal’s Suds at a Vitamin Shop in LA on March 1 (it was sold out everywhere else). Is it possible the Sal’s bottle I purchased was part of the “quality control issue”? Or were all of those recalled? Have an infant so a little more sensitive about this stuff than usual. Thanks in advance.
    Ed

    • Hi Ed – I realize this is from a while back, but in case others have the same question, I’ll still answer. The Sal Suds we held back never shipped out. We test every batch before shipment and there were some off readings for a couple batches which we tracked to a different way some of the raw ingredients were processed. But none of this product ever reached store shelves.

  19. Hi! I recently found some Sals Suds at my local health food store and I am very excited to use it. I found a recipe for making dish soap with vinegar, water and some kosher salt to thicken. It also called for lemon juice or citric acid but I don’t have any on hand at the moment.

    I filled up my “in sink” dispenser and I found that the soap works well. But, I’ve noticed that the first pump of the soap is a always discolored blue. The pump is brushed nickel, is this a harmless reaction or should I not be soap this way? Thanks!

    • Hi Adrienne – My first guess is that it’s the salt that’s corroding the metal of the pump. I’ve never known Sal Suds to corrode metal, but it’s not entirely impossible. Salt, however, is pretty corrosive. It’s a harmless reaction, but overtime, your pump may be eaten away.

  20. Hi Lisa,

    Do I need to use distilled water or boiled water to make the dish soap? Also, how long does it last for? Thanks!

    • Hi Lauren – If you have distilled or R.O. or some other kind of filtered water handy, that’s great. If not, regular tap water is just fine. I’ve never had this strong a concentration go bad before I’ve used it up, so I don’t know for sure, but I’ll just guess at a couple of months??

  21. Hi, I received a Bissell Crosswave mulit surface cleaner as a gift, but I DO NOT want to use the formula that comes with it, would Sal Suds be a good option? If so would you know how much cleaner I should use.

    • Hi Judy – I am not familiar with this particular product, but since it’s made by the same company as my carpet cleaner, I’d recommend the same dilution of 1 drop of Sal Suds mixed with water in the solution compartment. If this isn’t enough, then increase the Sal Suds but not by very much. You don’t want to have to go back and wipe anything. Also keep in mind that by not using their brand of cleaner, you might void the warranty. I was Ok with that, though.

  22. Hi Lisa,
    What is the shelf life of the liquid soaps including Sals Suds?

    • Hi Erica – Our stated shelf life is 3 years, but if you keep them in a cool, dark place (like a cabinet) they last much much longer.

  23. Hi Lisa, do you know if Sal’s Suds is sold in the Grand Rapids, MI area? Thanks

    • Hi Colleen – Yes, I’m sure it is. It would be in the household cleaner section of a natural or health store. It wouldn’t be near the castile soaps, which would be in the personal care system. If all else fails, you could order it online.

    • Hi. I live in South Bend Indiana, just to your south. We have Sal Suds at local health food stores, Vitamin Shoppe, Whole Foods and Fresh Thyme.

  24. Hi Lisa, Thanks for answering my questions from December. I appreciate it! Sal Suds seems to be the winner in most cleaning applications because it is more clean rinsing. Are there any cleaning application where Castile Soap is better over Sal Suds then or should I just switch everything to Sal Suds? (I’m talking about cleaning uses, not laundry or body uses)

    • Hi Leigh – The only time I specifically reach for Castile is if I’m battling ants or other bugs. For some reason, true soap kills bugs. It’s kind of strange since it does not contain a pesticide, but there’s something about them that stops them in their tracks. I wrote about it here: http://www.lisabronner.com/it-actually-works/. So if you have ants on your counter, or any where else, the castile spray kills them, erases their scent trails, and provides no hazard to people or pets at the same time.

  25. I’m looking for a cleaner to use on my concrete floor in my basement. Are any of your products safe to use on concrete? Do they need to be rinsed?

    • Hi Nancy – The Sal Suds would work well. Dilute it as for mopping and you would not need to rinse.

  26. Can you tell me if Sal Suds is safe for Septic Systems? Each month, I add a “probiotic” to my system to maintain septic health and don’t want to upset the balance. Thank you!

    • Hi there – Yes, it is safe on septic systems. We had biodegradability analyses done for the purpose of grey water systems, and the concerns are similar. Sal Suds does fully biodegrade.

  27. I just put an order in on Sal Suds, but I want to know if this can be used on mirrors and if so, what is a good recipe?
    Thanks!

    • Hi Dalton – Yes, the Sal Suds will work on washing grimy mirrors. I wrote more about it here: http://www.lisabronner.com/cleaning-interior-windows-and-mirrors/. A very light dilution will work – like 1/2 Tbsp. Sal Suds in a quart of water. This is necessary if you have handprints or other grime on your mirrors. If you just have water spots on your mirrors, you can take care of those with either pure club soda in a spray bottle or a solution of half vinegar/half water.

  28. Can Sal Suds be used to mop hardwood floors? Is so, at what dilution per gallon of water?

    • Hi Michele – Yes, the Sal Suds works great on hardwood floors. Use 1/2 Tbsp. of Sal Suds in your mopping bucket. Dip in your mop and wring out well. Or instead of a traditional mop, I use a microfiber pad on hardwood floor mop head.

  29. Hello Lisa – first of all I absolutely LOVE Dr. Bronner’s products. I use the soap in the shower, toothpaste and have started using Sals Suds. However, my skin does not care for baking soda. (the optional ingredient for laundry soap) would arrowroot work or can I just use the sals suds?

    • Hi Kelly – Most of the time I do not use baking soda. I just use the Sal Suds. The baking soda just adds a little scrubbing and whitening action to really grimy loads. I only use it when I’m washing my housecleaning rags. You’ll be fine without it.

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