How to Use Dr. Bronner's Soap

by Jessica Blue ; Updated June 13, 2017

Dr. Bronner's "Magic All-One!" soap bottle claims it has 18 different uses; however, the company's website claims there are many more uses than that. The soap is organic and biodegradable, making it an ideal cleanser for camping and nature trips. It can be used just as effectively in your daily life. Whether you're at home or on the road, you can easily apply Dr. Bronner's soaps to a variety of tasks. Discover tips on using it as a shampoo and body wash, as well as for general household cleaning and as a laundry detergent.

Bathing: Shampoo and Body Wash

Wet your hair. Squirt a small amount of soap into your hands and work into a lather, then scrub into hair. Add more soap as necessary for long or thick hair.

Wet your skin. Squirt a teaspoon or so of soap onto a wet washcloth, and work into a lather. Scrub skin all over, adding more soap as necessary.

Rinse hair and body well, and dry with a towel.

Household Cleaning

Assess the level of cleaning you need to do. For light cleaning, dilute liquid soap with up to 40 parts water; for normal cleaning, dilute it with an equal portion of water. For heavy grease-cutting jobs, do not dilute.

Apply soap to a sponge or rag, and clean your dishes and surfaces as you would with any cleanser.

Rinse as necessary. Dr. Bronner's is nontoxic and won't harm you or your family if left on surfaces; however, it can leave an unpleasant taste on dishes, so rinsing it well is advisable.

Laundry Detergent

Measure 1/3 cup of liquid soap into your washer before adding clothes. If you have hard water, you may need to use more soap.

Add a dash of baking soda to the washer.

Run your laundry machine as normal.


  • Dr. Bronner's website claims you can also use the liquid soap as a toothpaste. If you have a child or have sensitive skin, use the "baby mild" fragrance-free soap to avoid irritation. The Peppermint fragrance is popular as a shampoo and body cleanser for its post-cleansing "tingle." If you suffer from acne or oily skin, try the Tea Tree Oil fragrance to keep your skin clear.

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About the Author

An award-winning blogger, Jessica Blue has been promoting sustainability, natural health and a do-it-yourself attitude since graduating University of California, Berkeley in 2000. Her work, seen in a wide variety of publications, advocates an environmentally-responsible and healthy lifestyle.