What is Sal Suds? Learn all about this non-toxic, eco-friendly multi-purpose household cleaner! Find out about the uses of Dr Bronner’s Sal Suds for green cleaning, possible safety concerns, and the difference between castile soap vs Sal Suds. This post also shows how to make 4 easy recipes for natural cleaning products, including a homemade all-purpose spray, DIY glass cleaner, goo remover and carpet cleaner.

What is Sal Suds? Learn all about this non-toxic, eco-friendly multi-purpose household cleaner! Find out about the uses of Dr Bronner’s Sal Suds for green cleaning, and the difference between castile soap vs Sal Suds. This post also shows how to make 4 easy recipes for natural cleaning products, including a homemade all-purpose spray, DIY glass cleaner, goo remover and carpet cleaner. Can also be used for dish soap, laundry and dishwasher detergent. #cleaner #cleaning | countryhillcottage.com

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What is Sal Suds?

I shared a few natural cleaning recipes recently, which have Dr Bronner’s Sal Suds as an ingredient. If you are new to homemade green cleaners, you’re probably wondering: What is Sal Suds? Is Sal Suds the same as castile soap? How do I use Sal Suds? I’m here to answer all of these questions!

First things first. What is Sal Suds? Sal Suds is a natural, coconut-based multi-purpose cleaner concentrate that is bio-degradable and eco-friendly. The best part? The versatile detergent cleans exceptionally well, both in soft and hard water! It cuts effectively through sticky grease and stubborn dirt, but is mild on the skin.

Or in the words of the manufacturer, Dr Bronner:

“Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Liquid Cleaner is not a soap but instead is a concentrated hard-surface all-purpose cleaner. It is made with plant-based surfactants and natural fir needle and spruce essential oils, without any synthetic dyes, fragrances or preservatives.” (source)

By the way, this post isn’t sponsored. Some readers wanted to know more about Sal Suds. So I decided to write a post explaining what Sal suds is, and how to use it to formulate homemade natural cleaners.

I have also included 4 recipes for cheap eco-friendly cleaning products at the end of the post.

What is Sal Suds made of?

Here is the ingredients list for Sal Suds:

  • Water, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Coco-Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Abies Siberica (Siberian Fir) Needle Oil, Picea Glauca (Spruce) Leaf Oil, Citric Acid, Sodium Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Potassium Hydroxide

Is Sal Suds safe?

Yes, Sal Suds is a safe, bio-degradable and eco-friendly cleaner. It is Green Certified and has the A safety rating from the Environmental Working Group (EWG source). The cleaner is also incredibly cost-effective and will last for many uses.

What is Sal Suds? Learn all about this non-toxic, eco-friendly multi-purpose household cleaner! Find out about the uses of Dr Bronner’s Sal Suds for green cleaning, and the difference between castile soap vs Sal Suds. This post also shows how to make 4 easy recipes for natural cleaning products, including a homemade all-purpose spray, DIY glass cleaner, goo remover and carpet cleaner. Can also be used for dish soap, laundry and dishwasher detergent. #cleaner #cleaning | countryhillcottage.com

Errr, hold on! Why are you recommending a product that has sodium lauryl sulfate as an ingredient? Isn’t SLS dangerous?

A common ingredient in many cleaning and beauty products, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is often misunderstood. SLS is a surfactant, a surface active agent, which means it lowers the surface tension between materials (which is a very technical way of saying it removes dirt).

On the internet, you’ll find a long list of unsubstantiated allegations about the dangers of SLS, some even link the product to caner. I read study after study and article upon article but didn’t find any scientific evidence that this is true. (source 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

SLS can be irritating on the skin if used undiluted at high concentrations. (source) But keep in mind that Sal Suds is not a body care product. That being said, SLS is considered to be a safe ingredient in household cleaners and does biodegrade. (source)

Here is what Lisa Bronner, the granddaughter of the founder of Dr Bronner, says about Sal Suds and SLS on her blog:

“SLS is in our Sal Suds all purpose cleaner, and here’s what we say about it on the bottle: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a surfactant that cuts grease and dirt, generates copious suds, and biodegrades quickly and completely. SLS is made by combining a sulfate group with lauryl alcohol from coconut oil, then attaching sodium. If improperly formulated, SLS can irritate skin, but our superb formula uses coco-betaine and lauryl glucoside to counter this.” (source)

Lisa’s post is very insightful, and I recommend you read it after my post!

Still don’t want to use Sal Suds? That is your right + choice, and I support it! I just want to give you the necessary information to make an informed decision.

On a side note

While I consider SLS acceptable for household cleaning, I avoid the ingredient in skincare products since SLS is harsher than any other surfactant. This is the reason why I’m working on a series of posts about SLS-free shampoo recipes and shower gel. Stay tuned for those!

Also, I understand the reasons to go sulfate-free, which I will discuss in a future post.

What does Sal Suds smell like?

Fir needle and spruce essential oil give Sal Suds a mild, woodsy scent, which blends well with other essential oils. If you need inspiration, check out the essential oil combinations in my tutorial on how to make your own dish detergent.

What texture has Sal Suds?

Sal Suds has a texture similar to thin liquid soap or shower gel.

Sal Suds vs castile soap – Is Sal Suds castile soap?

And speaking of soap, is Sal Suds the same as castile soap or are they different? Castile soap is a wonderful product for skin and body care, but not so much for homemade cleaning products. The reason is that soaps and detergents (Sal Suds) behave differently in water.

Here is everything  you need to know about the difference between castile soap and Sal Suds:

Castile soap

Soaps need a warm water wash after application, or they leave a greasy film. This effect will be even more noticeable with hard water: Hard water turns the soap into soap scum, and your dishes, countertops, floor, or laundry will never feel clean, no matter how much you wash or scrub!

Sal Suds

Sal Suds isn’t a soap but a detergent, which means the natural cleaner is free-rinsing, doesn’t leave a residue, and performs well in any level of water hardness and temperature.

Can I use castile soap if a recipe says Sal Suds?

If you can substitute Sal Suds with castile soap depends on the recipe. In some recipes, it may be possible to swap Sal Suds with castile soap and achieve a similar effect. But in other recipes, a substitution may lead to very different results.

Can I use Sal Suds as soap or in personal care products?

No, I don’t recommend because Sal Suds is drying. Sal Suds isn’t soap and, unlike soap, doesn’t contain any re-fatting oils or moisturizing agents. Soap and other skin cleansers will serve you much better in DIY beauty and bath products.

Learn 4 simple natural cleaning recipes with Sal Suds, including a homemade all-purpose spray, DIY glass cleaner, goo remover and carpet cleaner! The homemade cleaning products are eco-friendly, bio-degradable, zero waste, non toxic. The DIY cleaners work on different surfaces including the bath room & kitchen, stainless steel, granite counter tops, oven, wood floors, tiles, carpets and more. Includes tips for uses, essential oils, supplies and cleaning hacks. #cleaning | countryhillcottage.com

Sal Suds uses

What is Sal Suds used for? Sal Suds is very versatile can be used to wash and clean a variety of hard and soft surfaces. Here are some ideas for how to use Sal Suds:

  • dishware, glass, pottery and cutlery
  • floors, countertops, and tiles
  • windows, doors, and knobs
  • fabrics, including clothes, towels, and sheets
  • furniture
  • carpets
  • painted walls
  • paint & makeup brushes
  • your grill and other outdoor items

Is Sal Suds safe on granite? What about Sal Suds on marble? Yes, Sal Suds is safe a cleaner for many surfaces, including finished wood, granite, marble, and stainless steel.

4 Easy natural cleaning products with Sal Suds

Okay now that you know what Sal Suds is, let’s try 4 super simple natural cleaning recipes with Sal Suds! These green cleaning products are so simple that everyone can re-create them, even if you are new to the benefits of green cleaning.

As I already mentioned, Sal Suds is a concentrated cleaner. To use it safely, Sal Suds has to be diluted, usually with water or vinegar.

How to make a natural non toxic DIY all purpose cleaner spray! The best 3 ingredients homemade natural cleaning product is made with Sal Suds, optional materials are essential oils (lemon, lavender, Young Living Thieves, doTerra On Guard), alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and castile soap. Works on hard surfaces (wood, glass, stainless steel, wallpaper, kitchen cabinets, stain removal). Without vinegar, safe for marble and granite. #cleaner #cleaning #nontoxic #essential oils | countryhillcottage.com

3-ingredient Sal Suds All-Purpose Spray

First up is a super easy 3 ingredient all-purpose cleaner. I use this natural cleaning spray to clean and wipe down everyday dirties on all most all surfaces in my household, including countertops, finished wood, plastic toys, painted walls and much more.

Materials

How to make

  • Pour the water into the spray bottle.
  • Add Sal Suds and Optiphen Plus.
  • Gently shake the bottle to combine the ingredients.
How to make the best streak free DIY window cleaner for outside and inside. The simple window wash cleans windows, glass, mirrors, tiles and car. The easy homemade glass cleaner recipe is made with Sal Suds and vinegar (apple cider), optional ingredients are alcohol (vodka/rubbing alcohol), essential oils and hydrogen peroxide. The natural zero waste green cleaning product is bio-degradable, eco friendly and non toxic. #windowcleaner #nontoxic #greencleaning #cleaning | countryhillcottage.com

Easy Sal Suds Window Wash

This easy Sal Suds window wash recipe is similar to the all purposes cleaner but includes distilled white vinegar to ensure windows and glass are clean and streak-free. You can use this DIY glass cleaner for windows, mirrors and tiles, but avoid calcium-based stones (marble, limestone, travertine, and granite).

Materials

How to make

  • Pour the water and vinegar into the spray bottle and shake to combine.
  • Add Sal Suds and Optiphen Plus.
  • Gently swirl the spray bottle to combine the ingredients.
See how to make your own DIY goo gone recipe with baking soda, Sal Suds, coconut oil and lemon essential oil. The homemade gunk remover is a natural alternative or substitute for store bought products. The non toxic green cleaning paste removes sticky labels and adhesive. Included are tips for uses and cleaning hacks. Works on hard surfaces (wood, glass, stainless steel, wallpaper, kitchen cabinets, glass jars, stain removal). EO Sticky Label Remover. #cleaning #googone | countryhillcottage.com

DIY Goo Remover

Think of this gunk remover as DIY Goo Gone. The product cuts through any sticky mess and makes them easier to remove. I use the homemade goo remover with Sal Suds to clean sticker adhesive, tape residue, tree sap, make up smears, crayon markings, and pesky wax drips. To avoid damage, don’t use it on leather, fabrics, unsealed stone and unfinished wood.

Materials

How to make

  • Add the baking soda and coconut oil into a small mixing bowl. Stir with a fork to combine.
  • Mix in the Sal Suds.
  • Transfer the mixture into a small glass jar and store with a lid.
  • To remove stickers and labels, smear a generous amount over the area you want to clean. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes. Then scrub off and rinse.
See how to make a home carpet cleaner at home and refresh your carpets! The easy DIY carpet cleaner recipe is non toxic and natural made with Sal Suds. An easy deep cleaning solution for machine or vacuum. Removes stains, dog urine, cat urine, pet stains or spot cleaning. For the best result use a baking soda dry treatment before using the natural carpet cleaner. Without borax and vinegar. #carpetspray #carpetcleaner #naturalcleaner #greencleaning #nontoxic #cleaning | countryhillcottage.com

Sal Suds Carpet Cleaner

The Sal Suds carpet cleaner recipe is intended for a pressure washer or carpet cleaning machine. You can also fill the solution into a small spray bottle to have at hand for spot cleaning. Don’t be tempted to add more, 1 drop is enough, more will only leave a residue.

Materials

How to make

  • In a large pitcher or measuring cup, mix the water and 1 drop Sal Suds.
  • Pour into the compartment of a pressure washer or carpet cleaning machine.
  • Alternatively fill in a spray bottle and use for spot cleaning.

Preservative

Please note that any product containing water needs a preservative to inhibit the growth of mould and bacteria. I use Optiphen Plus, a natural paraben-free preservative, in the easy homemade cleaning recipes.

Conclusion

Sal Suds is a great and safe product for green cleaning. If your are looking for eco-friendly ways to clean your home and want to create plastic free cleaning products, add Sal Suds to your list of non-toxic household cleaners. I hope you see the benefits Sal Suds for making homemade natural cleaning products and give it a try!

Learn 4 simple natural cleaning recipes with Sal Suds, including a homemade all-purpose spray, DIY glass cleaner, goo remover and carpet cleaner! The homemade cleaning products are eco-friendly, bio-degradable, zero waste, non toxic. The DIY cleaners work on different surfaces including the bath room & kitchen, stainless steel, granite counter tops, oven, wood floors, tiles, carpets and more. Includes tips for uses, essential oils, supplies and cleaning hacks. #cleaning | countryhillcottage.com

More green cleaning recipes

If you like using Dr Bronners for cleaning, try my other DIY natural cleaning recipes:

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4 Easy Natural Cleaning Recipes with Sal Suds

What is Sal Suds? Learn all about this non-toxic, eco-friendly multi-purpose household cleaner! Find out about the uses of Dr Bronner’s Sal Suds for green cleaning, and the difference between castile soap vs Sal Suds. This post also shows how to make 4 easy recipes for natural cleaning products, including a homemade all-purpose spray, DIY glass cleaner, goo remover and carpet cleaner. Can also be used for dish soap, laundry and dishwasher detergent. #cleaner #cleaning | countryhillcottage.com

Learn 4 super simple natural cleaning recipes with Sal Suds, including a homemade all-purpose spray, DIY glass cleaner, goo remover and carpet cleaner! These green cleaning products are so simple that everyone can re-create them, even if you are new to green and natural cleaning.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty easy

Instructions

All-Purpose Cleaner

  1. Pour the water into the spray bottle.
  2. Add Sal Suds and Optiphen Plus.
  3. Gently shake the bottle to combine the ingredients.

Homemade Window Cleaner

  1. Pour the water and vinegar into the spray bottle and shake to combine.
  2. Add Sal Suds and Optiphen Plus.
  3. Gently swirl the spray bottle to combine the ingredients.

DIY Goo Remover

  1. Add the baking soda and coconut oil into a small mixing bowl. Stir with a fork to combine.
  2. Mix in the Sal Suds.
  3. Transfer the mixture into a small glass jar and store with a lid.
  4. To remove stickers and labels, smear a generous amount over the area you want to clean. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes. Then scrub off and rinse.

DIY Carpet Cleaner

  1. In a large pitcher or measuring cup, mix the water and 1 drop Sal Suds.
  2. Pour into the compartment of a pressure washer or carpet cleaning machine.
  3. Alternatively fill in a spray bottle and use for spot cleaning.

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