Sal Suds Cleaner in a Spray Bottle

I just realized that I have never blogged about my Sal Suds All-Purpose Cleaner spray bottle despite the fact that it is my most reached for house-cleaning weapon. In fact, I think I disappoint some people when they ask me what I use on various household surfaces, because the answer is mostly “Sal Suds in a spray bottle.” They seem to be looking for something more exciting.

This is the jack of all trades in my house. It’s great on my finished wood table, granite counters, tile floors, pleather high chair, plastic toys, painted walls, microsuede bar stools, metal grill… In fact, I haven’t found much house stuff I wouldn’t use it on.

So here’s my ratio:

Fill a quart (1 L) spray bottle almost all the way with water. (This is the fancy trick, because if you put the Sal Suds in first, you’ll lose a lot in bubbles.) Then, add 1 Tbsp. (15 mL) of Sal Suds.

That’s all. If you put in more Sal Suds, you’ll have bubbles, bubbles everywhere.

170 thoughts on “Sal Suds Cleaner in a Spray Bottle

  1. Hi Lisa, I hope you are doing well. I just bought sal suds for all purpose cleaning around our house. It is great. But when I spray it, I get this strong smell thath makes me cough. Is this normal?
    Thanks,
    BJ

    • Hi BJ- Spraying our soaps can produce a fine mist of the product in the surrounding atmosphere, especially areas that aren’t well ventilated. It’s not common, but sometimes these fine mist particles trigger bronchial cells in the lungs, causing a brief bronchial spasm and coughs. But know our soaps do not contain any toxic ingredients. If your spray bottle has the option, it may be helpful to set the nozzle so that the mist is not so fine. Holding the bottle close to the surface you are spraying may also help.

  2. Hi Lisa:

    Do you need to rinse surfaces after using the All-Purpose sprays, whether they are made with Sal Suds or Castile? Do you just wipe off, or do you need to follow with Club Soda?

    By the way, my son and I just cleaned all the windows in our house, inside and out, using your method of Sal Suds Lite followed by Club Soda. Our windows have never looked so sparkly! We live in the high desert, where there is always wind. It’s a constant battle to keep our windows clean. Strong smelling chemicals, like ammonia, bother my asthma. But cleaning them using your method gave me no trouble at all. My 10 year old wanted to help and thought it was fun to use the squeegee. Thanks!

    • Hi Karen- To use the All-Purpose Sprays, simply spray then wipe with a damp cloth. It’s that easy! It’s great to hear the Sal Suds Lite and Club Soda worked so well on your windows. Thanks to you and your helper for this testimonial!

  3. can the laundry solution (1.5 TBS sal + 1/4 c soda for HE washer) be made ahead and stored in a gallon container? I tried this and wasn’t sure of the ratio and couldn’t ever get the soda to disolve so I wasn’t certain I was getting the proper mix each time I washed

    • Hi Cameron- Sal Suds is so good at whitening and brightening, I only use baking soda when washing rags and really grimy loads. In my top loading washing machine, I add Sal Suds, then baking soda. One after the other. If your machine has a soap dispenser, add the Sal Suds there and sprinkle the baking soda on top of the clothes.

  4. Can you please put your products is a more earth friendly container? Single use plastics are so bad for the environment. Thanks!!

    • Hi Sarah- Thank you for your interest and concern in plastic reduction. We share your concern! As a company, we are evaluating various technologies and programs to continue to reduce our use of virgin and petroleum-based plastics and also increase recyclability of all of our packaging. For example, we are exploring improving refill programs with retailers and co-ops, and keeping an eye on like-minded companies and partners who are exploring closed-loop programs. And on top of that, we are exploring ways of making our bottles out of “ocean-bound plastic,” post-consumer plastics otherwise bound for oceans. But in the meantime, know that we currently use 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) PET plastic bottles for most of our liquid soaps and Sal Suds bottles, and we participate in “bottle-to-bottle” recycling for our PCR PET resin — the recycling of used plastic bottles into new bottles, which helps conserve virgin resources and reduces landfill.

  5. Hi Lisa, I am looking for some antibacterial action when using Sal Suds as a general purpose cleaner. How much tea tree oil can I add to a mix solution of 1 quart? 2 drops sound right?

    • Hi there- You can add up to 20 drops or 1/4 tsp. for that extra boost you’re looking for.

    • Hi Jan- Some prefer to use distilled water with Castile soap because the minerals in hard water can cause the dilution to be cloudy, but that’s not a concern with Sal Suds.

  6. Doesn’t this need a preservative? Will the salsuds alone keep the water from becoming a cesspool of bacteria and fungi?

    • Hi Janis- It shouldn’t turn if used within a reasonable amount of time. One option is to mix it up in smaller batches that will be used up more quickly.

    • Hi Bill- The metric usage there is for our international customers. If you’re here in the U.S., the quantities are 1 Tbsp. Sal Suds added to 1 quart of water.

  7. Do I need to rinse the Sal-Suds solution with clear water after using it? Thanks very much. I love the product.

    • Hi Martha- Simply wipe with a damp cloth. I prefer microfiber for it’s “grabbiness”.

  8. Once this is mixed up how quickly does it need to be used to remain effective? Thank you!

    • Hi Catherine – I’ve had bottles of this dilution sitting around for 3-6 months and it still worked great. I’ve never had one turn bad, but maybe use within 3 months for sure. If you don’t think you’ll go through a quart solution in that time, mix up half a quart of water with 1/2 Tbsp. of Sal Suds.

  9. After trying so many biodegradable, multi-purpose cleaners that never quite worked as well as they claimed, I have to say that I am THRILLED with Sal Suds! I’m a welder working in a dirt-under-your-nails manufacturing plant, and needless to say my shower gets pretty grody if I don’t stay on top of cleaning it regularly. The last cleaner I tried promised to get that layer of production grime off my tub, but it never quite got it fully clean and the grime just built up. I tried Sal Suds once, making four quarts of the spray-bottle recipe just in a bucket and just going to town with a sponge, (and making use of some baking soda on the really tough spots) and the hard water stains, soap scum, and welding grime all but melted off! My bathtub hasn’t been this clean in months! After looking for a multi-purpose cleaner that would work in place of the usual plethora of cleaning products, I’m sold on Sal Suds! I’ve been a fan of your Castille soap for years (you peppermint and tea tree scents are amazing!), thank you so much for creating another quality product that is so worthy of the Dr. Bronner’s name!

    • Hi Carrie- Excellent! I am thrilled that you are thrilled! Thanks for the great testimonial.

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