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The Many Uses of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps

With thousands of products on the market, it’s hard to find one that can meet all your needs. But Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps are just what the doctor ordered.

German immigrant “Doctor” Emanuel Bronner created his first magic soap in 1948, dubbing himself with the title much like the “Colonel” Sanders. The Castile soap, named for the region in Spain, is vegetable-based and made from olive oil. Each soap bottle is full of Bronner’s philosophies on uniting the human race. This all-in-one hippie soap claims to have 18 different uses and that’s just scratching the surface of the product’s usefulness.

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1. Shaving lotion: Just lather on a few drops before shaving.

2. Shampoo: Use a dollop and massage into your scalp. You may want to use a conditioner to as well to keep your hair from getting dried out.

3. Face wash: Scrub into a hot washcloth.

4. Soap: Can be diluted for multiple uses.

5. Bath soap: Pour onto a loofah to use like body wash.

6. Deodorant: Rub on underarms to mask the sweaty scent.

7. Toothpaste: Peppermint is the soap of choice. Put a few drops on your toothbrush and brush normally.

8. Breath fresheners: As with toothpaste, a tiny drop of peppermint can get rid of bad breath.

9. Mouth wash: Use sparingly, but diluted soap can be gargled just like normal mouthwash.

10. After shave: Dab a few drops on and it won’t burn like many aftershaves.

11. Body rub: A bit of baking soda can act as a body scrub to eliminate dead skin.

12. Foot bath: Do the same to your feet.

13. Denture rinse: While I can’t speak from experience, the Doctor claims that a few drops in water soaked overnight can keep your dentures clean.

14. Massage oil: A few drops in the hands can be massaged into the skin.

15. Cooling lotion: The peppermint and eucalyptus varieties can be rubbed on for a cooling sensation.

16. Diaper lotion: The unscented variety is soft on your baby’s skin and prevents diaper rash.

17. Pest spray: A fourth of an ounce mixed with water in a spray bottle can get rid of household pests.

I have my own uses that the good doctor may not have considered when he invented it.

Diva Cup rinse: If you don’t want to get the Diva Cup brand soap, Dr. Bronners will work just as well. Just make sure it’s unscented and not peppermint. Otherwise, you may experience some unwanted tingling or throw off your inner balance.

Dishwashing soap: For washing your water bottle or any dishes you might be traveling with, combine the soap and water.

Laundry detergent: Use a quarter to a third of a cup of soap with a dash of baking soda in any type of washing machine. You can also hand wash in the sink using the same method.

Why should you bring Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps on your travels?

  • It’s a million products in one, meaning less to pack.
  • Dr. Bronner’s comes in both bar and liquid, so you can choose accordingly if you’re worried about spillage or TSA regulations.
  • Magic Soaps are concentrated, so only a few drops will do.
  • It’s available in dozens of countries around the world, so if you run out you can buy more.
  • The soaps come in many sizes, from travel-sized to gallon bottles.
  • They come in a variety of scents: peppermint, eucalyptus, almond, rose, baby mild, citrus, lavender and tea tree.
  • Dr. Bronner loves the earth. The soaps are fair trade, sold in recycled bottles, vegan, not tested on animals, made for sensitive skin, and certified organic.

Final Thoughts

I tested the toothpaste theory with the tea tree scent and it still tasted like soap. It did, however, work great as a face wash. The glycerine in the soaps helps the razor glide as shaving lotion.

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Written by Caroline

Caroline Eubanks is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, but has also called Charleston, South Carolina and Sydney, Australia home. After college graduation and a series of useless part-time jobs, she went to Australia for a working holiday. In that time, she worked as a bartender, bungee jumped, scuba dived, pet kangaroos, held koalas and drank hundreds of cups of tea. You can find Caroline at Caroline in the City.

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  1. Nethwen says

    I had to use this as shampoo/body wash for an entire summer (tried every scent available). My hair was stick dry like I’ve never experienced – I still woke up with an oil slick as usual, but the oil wasn’t getting into my hair. Also, I have eczema on my scalp and Bronner’s did nothing for it. When I finally was able to use medicated shampoo, it took several months for my skin to come back to a manageable condition.

    • Steeve Fabre says

      It’s a soap… it will dry out your hair.. that’s what soap does, It gets oil out. You should definitely use a conditioner with it.

  2. chamekke says

    Because this is a very pure soap, it’s also perfect for cleaning menstrual cups (unlike, say, soaps with glycerine or added moisturizer).

  3. Mary says

    Dr. Bronner’s is great except with salt water. I was on South Caicos in the Turks and Caicos Islands for a little over 3 months and it was more trouble than it was worth. It left residue on clothes washed in the ocean and also on your body and lastly everyone’s hair was terrible. I recommend Jason’s for shampoo and body wash (it is also biodegradable)

  4. Cassie T says

    The unscented/baby mild one is also recommended by piercers and tattoo artists for aftercare 🙂


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