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Sal Suds Dilution Cheat Sheet

Sal Suds

Update May 2022—I’ve added a few uses to both the Sal Suds and Castile Cheat Sheets. Plus: All four Cheat Sheets are now available in Spanish! (See the side bar to download or print.)

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.

Sal Suds, Sal Suds, how do I love thee?

I use it for…
Clothes, towels & sheets
Halloween costumes
Tile & bamboo floors
Granite, quartz, marble, tile
Painted walls & shelves
Plastic trash cans
Makeup brushes
Stainless steel water bottles
Brita water filter pitcher
Plastic cooler
Exterior of small kitchen appliances
Stainless steel appliances
Glass vases
Cork trivets
Rubber oven mitts
Wood, bamboo & plastic cutting boards
Dog & cat bowls, carriers & collars
Cars, inside and out
Finished, sealed, or painted wood
My grill (aka bar-b-que)
Outdoor metal & plastic furniture
Plastic toys
Plastic storage bins
Paint brushes
Wicker baskets
Artificial greenery
Painted MDF
Toothbrushes & brush holder
Porcelain bathroom fixtures—toilet, tub, sink, handles, faucets
Metal doorknobs
Plastic light switches & covers
Diaper changing pads
Silicone parts of my breast pump
My plastic nasal irrigator
Nylon camping tents
Beach balls, rafts & pool toys
Fruits & veggies
Trumpets, saxophones & trombones

All this to say, I use Sal Suds A LOT! In fact, it might be more efficient to list what I don’t wash with it. 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.


Dishes (Handwashing): ½ – 1 ½ tsp. (2.5 mL to 7.5 mL) Sal Suds in a large sink of water. Or 1 drop Sal Suds for one pot, more if needed.

  • So I don’t use too much, I keep a bottle of diluted Sal Suds by my sink: ½ c. (120 mL) of Sal Suds in a quart (1 L) of water. A small squirt in a pot or a larger squirt for a sink.
  • With All-Purpose Spray: Using a Sal Suds Spray to Clean Dishes

Laundry: : 1 to 1 ½ Tbsp (15 to 22 mL) for a large load in a top loading washer. Optional: For extra whitening/brightening, add ½ c. (120 mL) baking soda to wash cycle and/or 1c. (240 mL) vinegar to rinse cycle. Double these amounts for standard (non-HE) washers.

Pretreating Laundry Stains: Pre-measure Sal Suds for load. Apply some or all directly to stain(s). Let sit 30 minutes or more. Add remaining Sal Suds to washer. For broad stain, spray with a solution of half Sal Suds/half water.

Handwashing Delicates: ½ capful (½ Tbsp. or 7.5 mL) Sal Suds in about 1 gallon (4 L) of water. Swish gently. Let soak 10 minutes. Swish again. Rinse with clean water. Gently press out excess water with a towel. Hang clothing or lay flat to dry.

Mopping (Wood, Laminate, Vinyl, Stone & Tile): 1 tsp. (5 mL) Sal Suds in 1 gallon (4 L) of hot water. Dunk mop (microfiber, preferably) and wring thoroughly. On wood and laminate, avoid excess water and mop up wet areas.

All-Purpose Cleaning Spray: 1 Tbsp. (15 mL) Sal Suds in a quart (1 L) of water. Hint: Put water in the bottle first. Spray and wipe with a damp cloth. Optional: Add ¼ tsp. (1.25 mL) tea tree essential oil. Use on any surface that is safe in contact with water.

Window Wash: (aka Sal Suds Lite) ½ tsp. (2.5 mL) in a quart (1 L) of water. Spray and squeegee. Follow with a spray of pure club soda, or half vinegar/half water, and squeegee.

Stainless Steel Appliances & Sink: Spray appliance with All-Purpose Spray. Wipe with a soft damp cloth in the direction of the grain. Spray sink and sprinkle with baking soda from a shaker. Scrub then rinse.

Toilets: For best results, empty toilet. Spray bowl thoroughly with All-Purpose Spray, or sprinkle 2-3 drops of Sal Suds directly on toilet brush. Sprinkle baking soda on a brush, scrub bowl. Let sit 10 minutes. Turn water on. Flush.

Fruit & Veggie Wash: 1 drop of Sal Suds in a bowl of water. Dunk and swish the produce. Rinse in clear water.

Oral Appliances & CPAPs: Removable retainers, nightguards, etc. & dentures: Wet device. Add 1-2 drops of soap to a soft toothbrush. Brush gently, then rinse. CPAP mask, tubing, and headgear: Submerge in a warm water with a small squirt. Allow to sit 30 minutes, then wash, rinse, and towel dry. Allow to air dry thoroughly before reassembling.

Pressure Washer/Carpet Cleaner: In cleaning solution chamber, fill with water and add 1 drop of Sal Suds. Add 1c. (240 mL) vinegar to rinse water (optional). Use All-Purpose Spray on carpet spots (use sparingly).

Upholstery: Spray a wet (not dripping) cloth lightly with All-Purpose Spray. Gently rub cloth on the spot. Rinse area with a second wet cloth. Blot with a dry cloth to extract moisture. For large areas, use a carpet cleaner (above). Always spot test first.

Cars: ½ Tbsp. (7.5 mL) Sal Suds in 3 gallons (12 L) of water for exterior. Use All-Purpose Spray on interior surfaces and leather seats. Wipe with damp cloth.

Patio Furniture: ½ Tbsp. (7.5 mL) Sal Suds in a bucket of warm water. Wash with sponge, microfiber cloth or stiff brush. Wipe with damp cloth.

Additional Uses
• Camping gear
• Musical instruments
• Paint & makeup brushes
• Grills
• Lunch boxes
• Water bottles
• Kids clothing
• Bedding
• Doorknobs
• Cutting boards
• Refrigerators (inside & out)
• Glass vases
• Pottery
And so much more!

Not sure when to use Sal Suds or when to use Castile Soap? Head over to my blog post, Sal Suds or Castile Soap—Which to Use?

If you have SLS concerns, check out this blog post: There is no Cancer Risk from SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate)

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Carmen says:


Can Sal Suds be used as dishwasher detergent? Do I need to add anything besides ss?

Thank you

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Carmen – The Sal Suds is not designed for automatic dishwashers, and I have not had success in my personal experiments with it as such. In general, it foams too much for the way the machines work. With my hard water, I also found a film on my glassware. However, I also know that many of my readers have used it successfully as such.

yameira says:


Is it safe to add 3% food grade hydrogen to sal suds? I have done it before and didn’t have any problems. I added it for a disenfecting benefits, I just want to make sure it’s safe.

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Yameira – Do you mean hydrogen peroxide? If so, there is no harm in adding it to the Sal Suds. Because hydrogen peroxide is a pretty unstable molecule, it breaks down into water and oxygen pretty quickly. So if you are going to combine the two, use it immediately. It would be pointless if it sat for a bit. You’d just have water in the Sal Suds. (not harmful, just diluted.)

yameira says:

oh okay i see and yes I use the 3% hydrogen peroxide. I wonder about cosmetic grade borax ( I bought this from Mountain rose herbs and it has no detergents or surfactants) I understand it could still be added to a cleaner as a buffer. I’m not sure if will still have that whitening effect.

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Yameira- I choose not to use Borax because it’s a skin irritant and any left of fabrics could be problematic. It would also wear down fabrics more quickly than a gentler option. For whitening and grubby loads, I use 1/2 cup baking soda (use 1/4 cup in an HE machine).

Von says:

I’ve read not to use lemon juice with liquid soaps as it counters the results. What about adding lemon or other citrus essential oils for desired scents to either Castile and/or Sal Suds liquid products?

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Von- Orange, lime and lemon essential oils are cold-pressed from the rind of the fruit and are pH neutral. Happily, they don’t interact with either Castile Soap or Sal Suds. Citrus juices, on the other hand, come from the pulp of the fruit and have a low pH, and therefore are acidic. Acids are the culprit when it comes to causing a true soap such as Castile Soap to unsaponify.

Randall says:

Any concerns with Sal Suds on baby (infant) clothing items? We have hard water and are experiencing soap scum using baby Castile soap.

Sarah says:

Hi there! Is sal suds and the dish dilution recipe safe on wooden cutting boards? Thank you!

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Sarah- I use the All-Purpose Spray for cleaning my cutting boards. Sal Suds is safe to use on nearly every surface that can get wet. Perhaps consider a spot test to be sure.

Sheela says:

Hi Lisa,
Thanks for the biodegradable products.
I wanted to know how long one can safely use the diluted Sals Suds. I’m thinking of using it as dish soap but would probably use it for other cleaning tasks.
Thank you & have a nice day.

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Sheela- The shelf life of diluted Sal Suds would be about a month, probably longer. If you don’t use it up in that amount of time, mix it up in smaller batches.

Elle says:

Is sal suds safe to use over the lawn? I want to wash large items outdoors on our lawn, yet i dont want to kill the grass!

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Elle- Yes, I’ve washed all manner of patio furniture, bikes and such on our grass over the years with no ill effect. Sal Suds is mild and biodegrades readily.

Rebecca says:

Hi Lisa!
For laundry, does adding sodium percarbonate to the laundry and using Sal Suds as my detergent cause the sodium percarbonate to dissociate into water and oxygen like you said it does when used with Castile soap? I am also confused as to what to add along with my Sal Suds to boost the power and get brighter, whiter clothes. Whether baking soda, washing soda, borax or an oxygen boost (sodium percarbonate) would be my best option? I have 4 kids and 2 dogs and 4 cats and live in the country on a dirt road so lots of dirty laundry around here! I would of course want it to not only be effective while not being abrasive as my goal is to always pass down my kid’s clothes to siblings and cousins. I am not as concerned on it being as gentle on rags, mops and play clothes for playing out in the dirt. Thank you!

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Rebecca– I always like to start with the mildest option and intensify as necessary. Of those you’ve mentioned, the order of mild to strong would be: baking soda, oxygen boost, washing soda. I’ll leave borax out because it is a skin and lung irritant and I don’t like to use it ever. So, start with the baking soda – ½ c. per load. If that isn’t cutting it, try the oxygen boost – it is what you said: a combo of sodium carbonate (washing soda) and hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide does disassociate fairly quickly, but since Sal Suds is less reactive than the Castile soap, it might have a chance to do its boosting job before this happens. This is on my list of things to work on – translating the “What not to mix with Castile” to “What not to mix with Sal Suds” – and I haven’t gotten to it yet. It won’t hurt to use the oxygen boost. If you find it’s still not quite doing the job, go for the straight washing soda. It’s a good booster. It may wear down clothes faster. Don’t use it on delicates.

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Christa – Thank you for the heads up on that listing. I’ll follow up with the name correction.

christa says:

is there a difference between sal suds cleaner, and sal suds concentrate ???
and if there is, are there two different dilution charts ???
thanks so much !!!

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Christa- The bottle reads Sal Suds Cleaner, and it is highly concentrated. I’m not familiar with Sal Suds concentrate, but it sounds like it’s the same thing.

Jemma says:

Hi Lisa,

I just bought some sal suds and am wondering if it would be suitable for washing soiled reusable nappies/inserts? If so how would you recommend using it?

Thank you!

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Kate- I haven’t tried this yet, but it sounds interesting. Sal Suds, unless highly diluted, needs to be rinsed off. If any other readers have tried this, please chime in here!

Karen says:

Will Sal Suds clean vinyl siding? If so, what dilution formula should I use? Thank you!

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Karen- Yes, Sal Suds will work great on your siding. It is clean rinsing, biodegradable and won’t harm any landscaping. Just one drop mixed with water in the solution compartment of your pressure washer will do a great job. At that dilution, it shouldn’t need any rinsing.

Hannah says:

Hi Lisa,

I just bought Sal Suds and am looking forward to making many of the dilutions above. I am pregnant and planning to use the all purpose spray. I like the idea of tea tree adding an extra punch but am a bit concerned about using it on food contact surfaces such as counters, and especially the high chair tray. Is tea tree oil safe for that or should I omit it?


Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Hannah- So many wonderful baby snuggles coming your way! The amount of tea tree essential oil in the Sal Suds All-Purpose Spray is very small, which is then highly diluted, applied a few sprays at a time, and then wiped clean with a damp cloth. Additionally, one of the key features of the Sal Suds is its excellent rinsability. It does not leave residues on surfaces, clothes, and such. Once your baby is born, I recommend the Unscented Baby Castile Soap. In fact, it was developed specifically for the maternity ward at UCLA medical center for use in washing newborns.

robin vargas says:

i no longer buy it in a 32 oz. bottle, i buy it buy the gallon, it’s only me and my husband that live here now, i use sal suds for everything, i also use a lot of eucaltypus, peppermint, no scent, and citrus soap, i love the toothpaste, i live for Dr. Bronners. thank you Lisa for all the tips

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Robin- Its great to hear our products are working out for you!

25 Steps to a Zero-Waste Kitchen – Beautiful Face with Natural Make Up Tips says:

[…] For dishes, we love Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds. It’s plant-based and biodegradable, and while a single bottle may not look like it can go very far, it’s concentrated and can be easily diluted for dozens of purposes. Here’s a dilution cheat sheet. […]

Robin Vargas says:

I have every product Dr. Bronner’s sells. I have they are all excellent I love all the cleaners to the Scents every single one. I’ve been green cleaning for years and Dr. Bronner‘s is the most important thing I use. I don’t have a company I just use it at home every single day

Robin Vargas says:

This is one of the best cleaners I have ever had better than bleach Lysol it’s all good do you breathe it in and out breeze in poison

Sabrina says:

Can you use Sal suds in the dishwasher? If not, what do you recommend for the dishwasher? I don’t want to use harsh chemicals.

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Sabrina- Sal Suds is great for many things, including hand washing dishes – but unfortunately, we don’t recommend it for the dishwasher. It is so bubbly that it can leak out the seams. Check out the Environmental Working Group ( for a recommendation. They rank products based on ingredients, environmental impact, and such.

Abby says:

Hello, What is the shelf life of the all purpose spray with sal suds after being made? Thank you!

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Abby- I have found the All-Purpose Spray with Sal Suds lasts at least 2 months – probably longer, but I run out of it before then. If it smells “off” to you, dump and remake. Consider making in smaller batches if needed.

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Ellie – Yes, it works well as an oven cleaner. Because oven grime can be rather stubborn, give it some time. For really stubborn grime, try a baking soda and water paste – let it sit for 10 minutes. Then wash off with Sal Suds.

Nicole says:

Hi! I just discovered Sal Suds but I have two dogs. Is this product safe to use for all household cleaning purposes with animals? I know essential oils have been known to cause issues in animals and noticed this has some essential oils in it. TIA!

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Nicole- My 2 dogs and 2 cats can attest to the fact that Sal Suds is gentle and exceedingly clean-rinsing when it comes to cleaning around pets. In fact, customers who own birds and reptiles tell us it a safe and effective cleaner for cages and enclosures.

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Janis- Mix up 1 part Castile Soap to 3 parts water. Quick and easy!

Jessica says:

Hi! My soft scrub always thickens up and I can’t squeeze it out. After a few mins it’s like concrete. Any tips? I’m using Sals suds and follow the directions per the video. Help!

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Jessica – Try reducing the amount of baking soda and increasing the amount of water. I’ve found that I need to do that when I make it with the Sal Suds instead of the Castile.

MrsBeasley says:

I live in the North West and my house stays pretty cold, we also have a septic system. I was just about to mix up some Sal Suds and the jug is sold like coconut oil. If I warm it up to dilute with water and use it to clean the bathrooms will it re-solidify in my septic tank? It’s currently 25 outside. I’m concerned.

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Mrs. Beasley – You are exactly right that it is the coconut oil source of the ingredients in Sal Suds that causes it to turn white and solid in low temperatures. Setting it in a sink of warm water will reliquify and clarify it. Or if you can scoop out what you need, that works as well. Regarding the impact in your septic tank, the freezing temperature of a liquid is an average of each of the components in the solution at their respective concentration. So if you mix 1 Tbsp. of Sal Suds in 1 qt. of water to make the All Purpose Spray, the solution is mostly water, and the freezing point of this solution will be very close to water’s, or 32 F. The coldest your ground would be at the depth of your septic tank, even in the heart of winter in snowy climates, is around 50 F. I hope that helps!

Sarah says:

Hello! I appreciate this information, I just wished I looked for it sooner. I thought this product was just pine scented Castile, and I’ve been using as a bubble bath, hand wash, and to clean wooden utensils, and I barely diluted! I’m wondering if this is okay, I’m mostly scared about my wooden utensils.

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Sarah – No long term harm done! Sal Suds is great on wooden utensils – that’s what I use myself. However, the ingredients in Sal Suds are so great at picking up oils, that they can be too drying for our skin. The Castile Soap has a better blend for our skin. The ironic thing is, most conventional bodywashes have ingredients that are even more drying than the Sal Suds, but usually they have other ingredients that leave residues on our skin to cover that up. For a hand wash with the Castile (and Citrus and Almond are my favorites) combine 1 part soap and 3 parts water in a foaming pump. I’m curious to know what you think of the Castile once you try it. And if you like the pine, you can take the Unscented and add some drops of a pine or spruce essential oil to it.

Marilyn says:

Hi Lisa!

I am new to Sal Suds and would like to know the best way to use it for cleaning makeup brushes as well as shower doors? I want to make sure I use the appropriate amounts.

And I just want to confirm that the diluted version of your dishwashing liquid is good for everyday handwashing?

Thank you so much!

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Marilyn- Sal Suds is exceedingly versatile! Use one drop of Sal Suds per makeup brush. Wet the brush well. Use 1 small drop on each brush. Gently rub Sal Suds through the bristles, then rinse in a bowl of clean water. For shower doors, use an All-Purpose Spray – that is 1 Tbsp. Sal Suds added to a spray bottle with 1 quart of water. Spray and wipe with a damp cloth. Dishes can be washed with 1/2 – 1 1/2 tsp. Sal Suds in a large sink of water. Or 1 drop Sal Suds for one pot. Use more if needed.

Furniture Polish Cream – Little Bottle Tree says:

[…] If you have hard water – use sal suds in place of castile soap. This is our biodegradable household cleaner which doesn’t react with hard water. It rinses cleanly and leave surfaces sparkling. No more film on the tub or towels! For it’s multitude of uses, see the Sal Suds Dilution Cheat Sheet. […]

Patti says:

Wow, sal suds is amazing, I used a squish of it in hot water with a bit of baking soda and got my shower door that had 22 years of hard water build up clean!! I had tried everything in the past, nothing worked. AMAZING. I am a new customer and will now be a forever customer… Thanks Lisa.

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Patti- Welcome to the Dr. Bronner’s family! Thank you for the testimonial!

Nina says:

Can you spray this or the castile soap on a couch as a deodorizer? I’m looking for a more natural spray to deodorize my couch that has 6 animals on it all the time without washing my cushions multiple times a week. Thanks!

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Nina- While I agree our soaps smell great, you wouldn’t want to spray on fabrics without rinsing it off. But I do recommend mixing a few drops of your favorite essential oils into baking soda which is a great natural deodorizer on its own. Mix with a fork, sprinkle on fabrics and carpets, then vacuum up. (Spot test this first for desired results.) For a general room freshener, put a stovetop potpourri on or spritz a bit of our Lavender Hand Sanitizer into the air.

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Ola- Castile Soap is preferred for bathing pets, since it’s more gentle on skin. Wet dog, apply soap (amount based on size of your pup and thickness of its coat), massage through coat, then rinse.

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Pam- Yes, it would. Spray the leather, wipe with a soft damp cloth and be sure it fully dries.

Debbie Enoch says:

Hi Lisa, would you have a recipe to cut black mildew on my sidewalks? Also, my brick front porch has a failed sealer on it.. it has a whitish look.. is their a recipe that would help remove that? Maybe with a power washer or scrub brush…

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Debbie- I think your power washer will come in handy with the sidewalks. Try one drop of Sal Suds in there with the water, and afterwards you may need to wash off suds. I really don’t have knowledge about removing sealer on bricks. I would not expect any of our products to be intense enough to strip that.

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Jef- Yes, you can use Sal Suds for this. Rinse well after cleaning. My grandfather (Dr. Bronner) used the Peppermint Castile to clean his own dentures.

Sara says:

What recipe do you use to clean the outside of the toilet? The seat, the lid, the handle? What recipe do you use to clean the bathroom faucet and sink, for example? I am concerned about germs like STREP. We had to disinfect with Clorox wipes because my child would get repeated STREP, but now we can’t find disinfectant anywhere. I can’t find tea tree oil.

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Sara- I recommend an All-Purpose Spray made with either 1 Tbsp Sal Suds or 1/4 cup Castile Soap in a spray bottle with a quart of water. Spray and wipe with damp cloth. For an extra microbial punch, add a few drops of Tea Tree essential oil. Check out my blog post, Green Cleaning the Bathroom, for more cleaning tips:

Maureen Farris says:

Hello, can this product be safely used on marble countertops? They are not as tough as granite!
Thank you!

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Maureen- Marble is gorgeous and makes for a beautiful home. The issue with natural stones like marble is that acidic ingredients, such as vinegar, can etch the stone. Sal Suds (and also our Castile soaps) are alkaline, even with the addition of essential oils. Use the All-Purpose Spray, which is 1 Tbsp. Sal Suds in a quart of water. For a little more on stone, see my blog post here:

Sheriden says:

Hi! Can I use this as a disinfecting spray? I was thinking for furniture, toys and just an all purpose to replace my current aerosol that I use. Thank you!

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Sheriden- The term “disinfectant” is regulated to apply only to EPA-registered products that chemically destroy disease-causing pathogens or other harmful microorganisms when applied to hard surfaces. Sal Suds and our Castile Soap are effective cleaners, but not EPA-registered chemical surface disinfectants, because they do not kill germs. Instead, detergents and soaps, including Sal Suds and our Castile Soap, work effectively by latching to dirt, germs, and grime and rinsing them away, leaving clean surfaces behind. This is why they are so effective for washing hands. During this time of COVID-19, the CDC recommends a two-step process of cleaning then disinfecting. For cleaning, they are recommending a general household cleaner or detergent and water – Dr. Bronner’s products fit this bill – prior to the second step of disinfection with an EPA-registered product. For more information about disinfectants visit the CDC’s website:

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Peggy- Yes, the Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is derived from coconut oil. I’m sorry not to be able to help.

Roxey says:

Well, I am jumping in with both feet on this product based on all the reviews. I am going to start using Sal Suds in my cleaning business. Lots of hard water deposits to clean, so I hope this helps make work less tiresome! Just received my two bottles…maybe I’ll be graduating to a gallon shortly.

Bonnie says:

Can I used diluted Sal Suds on my hibiscus plants to get rid of aphids — without harming the plant?

JP says:

I mix it with washing soda for a great laundry detergent that’s safe for our grey water pits. Keep it by the sink for dishes. No more harsh chemical cleaners for us.

Lauren Elder says:

Bathtubs and tile showers are not on the list for Sal Suds.
Is there a problem with using it to clean these?
Do the oils vaporize to be overpowering in a small space?

The Suds clean, but they do not disinfect, correct?

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Lauren- You’re question is very timely! I have a blog post on cleaning bathrooms planned for later this year. The Sal Suds All-Purpose Spray is excellent on bathroom counters, shower, tub and the toilet (more on that here, For additional scrubbing power, sprinkle a little baking soda or whip up the GIY Soft Scrub. Sal Suds doesn’t emit fumes like conventional cleaners, but if you have an issue, adjust the nozzle of your spray bottle to a targeted spray. Our soaps don’t disinfect because they don’t kill. They work by grabbing onto and rinsing away dirt, germs and grime. If you like, add 20 drops of pure essential tea tree oil to your spray bottle for added disinfecting, antibacterial powers.

Tiffany says:

Hi! I have read a lot of comments on using this for hand washing. I have my own regular soap dispenser. Do I dilute it??

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Tiffany- Sal Suds is our household detergent, and while it is safe on skin, it can be drying. Our Castile Soap, with it’s blend of oils (coconut, olive, palm, jojoba, and hemp) is designed to be the most nourishing to our skin. For hand washing, use foaming pump dispenser with 1 part soap to 3 parts water.

Bree Crocetti says:

Hi Lisa,
May Sal Suds be used in the dishwasher? Thank you,


Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Bree- Sal Suds is a great cleaner for almost any household purpose, with the notable exception of the dishwasher. Because Sal Suds is so bubbly, there is a risk of causing damage to your dishwasher because it gets overfilled with suds. To find an alternative, check out the Environmental Working Group ( They rank cleaning and body care products based on ingredients, environmental impact, and such.

Jean Futrell says:

Love this stuff. Hubs washed our cars last weekend with Sal Suds and I’ve used it to make a no scrub daily shower spray.

I do wonder if it could be used with a power washer. And, if so, how much soap to how much water?

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Jean- Sal Suds works great in power washer. Add just a couple of drops to the solution chamber.

Cheryl says:

Can you use Sal Suds around pets, in particular cats? I”m wondering about the essential oils in it. Thank you.

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Cheryl- The behavior of my two cats – who very much enjoy sleeping on freshly washed bedding, gobbling from their food dishes, and lounging on the clean tile flooring without a care in the world – leads me to believe they are not sensitive to Castile or Sal Suds. Cute cat habits aside though, Sal Suds is used diluted and then rinsed off. Sal Suds in particular is very clean rinsing, leaving no reside behind.

Cheryl says:


Can you tell me approximately how much a gallon of Sal Suds last for the number of people in your family for laundry? Do you use an HE machine?

Also how long a 32oz bottle lasts you for making dish washing soap, multi purpose cleaner and Sal Suds lite?

Thank you.

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Cheryl – Great question! I go through a gallon of Sal Suds roughly every 2 1/2 – 3 months. I don’t have an HE washer, so I’m using more there. As you can tell from the cheat sheet, I’m using the Sal Suds for nearly all my laundry, nearly all my housecleaning, dishes, car washing, whatever else needs washing and whatever GIY tests I’m working on for the blog. I don’t use quarts, but I guess dividing that by four, I’d go through a quart every 3 weeks-ish.

Susie says:

Can either Castile soap or sal suds be used on fabric car convertible tops?

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Susie- Sal Suds is the best option here because it rinses so cleanly.

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