Sal Suds Dilution Cheat Sheet

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

I use it for…
Halloween costumes
Tile Floors
Painted walls
Painted shelves
Plastic trash cans
Make Up brushes
Dog bowls
Dog carriers
Dog collars
Car leather
Finished wood
Wood cutting boards
Plastic cutting boards
My grill (aka bar-b-que)
Outdoor metal furniture
Outdoor plastic furniture
Plastic toys
Stainless steel appliances
Paint brushes
Glass vases
Beach balls
Diaper Changing pads
Wicker baskets
Artificial greenery
Painted MDF
Plastic storage bins
Tooth brushes
Tooth brush holders
Porcelain bathroom fixtures – toilet, tub, sink
Metal doorknobs
Plastic lightswitches and covers
Cork trivets
Rubber oven mitts
Silicone parts of my breast pump
My plastic nasal irrigator
Brita water filter
Plastic cooler
Stainless steel water bottles
Exterior of small kitchen appliances
Nylon tents
Fruits and veggies

This list doesn’t name every possibility but shows that there is very little that can’t be cleaned with the Suds. 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.

There is a lot of overlap here with the Pure-Castile Soap Dilutions Cheat Sheet because the products can often be interchanged. It is largely a matter of personal preference, but the Sal Suds 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.


Laundry: 2-3 Tbsp. for a large load in a top loading washer. Optional: ½ c. baking soda in wash cycle, 1 c. vinegar in rinse cycle. Use half these amounts for HE washes.

All Purpose Spray: 1 Tbsp. Sal Suds in a quart of water. Put the water in the bottle first. Use on most of the aforementioned surfaces.

All Purpose Spray is also used for the following:

  • Stainless Steel Sink: Spray and sprinkle with baking soda from a shaker. Then scrub.
  • Microsuede: Spray and scrub with a gentle circular motion.
  • Wood: Painted or Sealed (not waxed) – Spray and wipe with a microfiber cloth
  • Toilets: Empty toilet, spray bowl thoroughly, sprinkle baking soda on the brush, scrub bowl, let sit 10 minutes, turn water on, flush.

Carpets: 1 drop of Sal Suds in a carpet cleaner with hot water; All Purpose Spray for spots (use sparingly).

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

Window Wash: (aka Sal Suds Lite) ½ tsp. in a quart of water. Put the water in the bottle first. Spray and squeegee. Follow up with a spray of pure club soda, or half vinegar/half water, and squeegee.

Dish washing by hand:

  • Pre-diluted: (my preference) ½ c. Sal Suds in a quart of water in a squirt bottle. Fill with water nearly to the top before adding Sal Suds.
  • Undiluted: ½ tsp. Sal Suds in a large sink of water. 1 drop Sal Suds for one pot.
  • With All Purpose Spray: read this post.

Mopping: ½ Tbsp. Sal Suds in approximately 3 gallons of hot water. 20 drops tea tree oil optional. Put the water in the bucket first. Dunk mop (microfiber, preferably) and wring thoroughly.

Cars: ½ Tbsp. in a 3 gallon bucket of water. Put the water in the bucket first. Wet car down with hose. Wash with large sponge, or soft microfiber cloth. Rinse with hose before Suds dry.

If you have SLS concerns check out this post:

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    Can Sal Sud be used to soap the skin like the other Castle soaps?

    • wally jasper

      From this article: “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).” I’d stick with Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soaps for bathing.

    • Yes, we recommend using our Pure-Castile soaps for all body care uses. However, I use Sal Suds to wash my hands in a pinch.

  • Kate

    Can we use Sal Suds on the interior of cars too? If so, what’s the recommendation?

  • Tom Mathues II

    the best soap in the universe, i have used bronners soaps for everything, my dishes laundry body and hair…but im perplexed its says not to use sal suds on your skin but for years i mix a 32 oz bottle into my rainbow mix of bronners soaps including the peppermint,eucalyptus, tea tree, lavender, citrus,rose(and added the last two years green tea and cherry blossom). i mix a quart of each all together in a big bowl and then cut that with the same volume of water and viola soap for the year!!! i have never experienced any discomfort from using the sal-suds on my person and enjoy the fresh pine smell that it adds…im sorry i know im rambling but is it really harmful if im not experiencing any adverse effects?

    • Douglas Ashley

      Me too. I mix it half and half with Prell shampoo. I like the smell from Prell, but Sal Suds does all the work…

  • Gail Barraco

    Can I use Dr. Bronner in the dishwasher?

  • can i use sal suds as an oven cleaner

    • Yes, absolutely!

      • American Woman

        What would be the best dilution for oven cleaning?

        • I would use full-strength or dilute by half. This is a heavy-duty job so I wouldn’t dilute too much.

  • Sofia Herrera


    Can I use both Dr. Bronner’s soap and Sal Suds together for laundry purposes?

  • Les Cunningham

    Love sal suds for laundry. It forms a layer in the bottle. Is that a problem? It’s so full I can’t really give it a good shake to try and mix it.

    • Shouldn’t be in a issue. Mixing it up before use is the right approach.


    Sal Suds is the greatest and only cleaner I used now. I looked 10+ years for laundry stain remover that didn’t have a strong lingering scent – that doesn’t exist. But Sal Suds works better than any other product I’ve ever used, plus the scent is subtle and doesn’t bother my incredibly sensitive skin or allergies. I’ve turned 3 different people onto it and now that’s all they use, (with vinegar and baking soda, of course). My question is when I put Sal Suds in a sprayer, I feel like it gets up my nose pretty good. Most people probably don’t notice. What I want to know is has there been any research, or are there any ingredients that could cause respiratory problems by inhaling? I usually try and cover my nose and mouth, but I feel I should ask if I need to be wearing a mask. Thanks for making THE BEST, product, and having a corporate model I feel good about supporting.

  • Kevin Whph

    Do you guys have stain bars? so basically this sal suds but in bar form and just for stains?

  • Jen Drewski

    I make my own laundry soap. My recipe makes approx 3 gallons. Could I add Sal Suds to it and in what proportions?
    Thank you.

    • I would have to know your recipe, but you probably only need a small amount of Sal Suds.

  • Mike Castellano

    Does anyone know if I can mix up lets a gallon of whatever Sal Suds it calls for, purified water, & club soda, then put it inside the WindShield fluid thing? Meaning the thing that pumps the Windshield Wiper onto the cars glass. Thanks! 🙂

    • American Woman

      If you live in an area that freezes, it would turn to a block of ice and possibly crack the container.

  • bixby9797

    Best stuff ever. I took a Castille bar to Africa on safari and everyone was amazed that one thing could do anything we needed. Made a ton of converts!

  • Debbie Pannell

    I am loving using all the Dr. Bronners products. I noticed you have a big pump in your bottle of Sal Suds. Is that just a generic pump – I don’t see them in the Dr. Bronner store.

    • Sorry, we don’t carry those.

    • Roxanne Nagy

      I took one off of an empty big shampoo bottle. It fit.

  • Baylee

    Do you need to use distilled water to dilute when you’re making something that will sit on your counter for a while? (e.g. dish soap for washing by hand). I’ve read that simply using tap water can encourage bacteria production

    • I have had no problems using regular tap water to dilute Sal Suds. As long as you use it up within a month, you should have no issues.

  • scott l ballering

    Do you happen to have a good dilution for Sals Suds for a foamer dispenser? This would be great for bathrooms & kitchens.