Raising a Sensitive Child

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Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap


Based on a recommendation from someone who has multiple chemical sensitivities, I ordered Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap, specifically the baby mild liquid soap.

It’s an all-in-one non-toxic soap that is safe enough to use as a toothpaste, while strong enough to clean laundry, floors, dishes and more.

There are at least 18 uses for the soap. From Dr. Bronner’s website:

Dr. Bronner recorded the “18 in 1 uses” on his label, which we have left mostly intact since his passing in 1997; however, people have told us many, many more uses for it than that. Here is his version. A more paraphrased one follows.

Dr. Bronner’s version:

  1. Always dilute for Shave-Shampoo-Massage-Dental Soap-Bath!
  2. Peppermint is nature’s own unsurpassed fragrant Deodorant!
  3. A drop is best Mint Toothpaste; brushes Dentures Clean!
  4. A dash in water is the ideal Breath Freshener & Mouth Wash!
  5. Peppermint Oil Soap for Dispensers, Uniforms, Baby, Beach!
  6. Dilute for ideal After Shave, Body Rub, Foot Bath, Douche.
  7. Hot Towel-Massage the entire body, always towards your heart.
  8. Pets, silk, wool & body tingles head to toe – keeps cool!
  9. 3 dashes in water rinse most Sprays Off fruit & vegetables!
  10. 1/4 oz in qt H2O is Pest Spray! Dash, no rash Diaper-Soap!


  • For everyday body-washing: Get wet and pour soap full-strength onto hands-washcloth-loofah. Lather up, scrub down, rinse off, and tingle fresh & clean.
  • For other uses, dilute from one part soap into 40 parts water for light cleaning, to cutting it in half or using it full strength for heavy-duty grease-cutting jobs.
  • For shampoo, though we now recommend our new Shikakai soaps for this, many people are fond of using it as such. The method of application is to wet hair and scalp very thoroughly, squirt some soap into hands and work into a lather. Wash hair, then rinse well. Afterwards use our new citrus hair rinse and leave-in conditioners as directed.
  • For the laundry, use 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup for one regular load; adjust as needed depending on hardness of water. I’ve been told that adding a dash of baking soda makes it even better.
  • For toothbrushing, apply a drop or two of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap to a wet toothbrush. Brush as you normally would, rinsing accordingly. Be careful about using more than a couple drops of soap, as you might start foaming at the mouth. Many people with sensitive or softer teeth like to use our soap as a toothpaste because it lacks abrasives.

Colorful Canary has a blog post on Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap here. (My husband is the electrician for the Colorful Canary’s new home! I’m excited to know someone who is local and in the know about living with multiple chemical sensitivities).

Update – We got a sample of it from the Colorful Canary while our order arrives. DH loves cleaning with it! It did an amazing job in the bathtub, sink, toilet, floor and DH’s hands. Very mild and you don’t need to use a lot of it. Very economical and highly recommended. DH is amazed to be able to use a cleaner that does a good job and doesn’t smell like chemical. Lately, we’ve been cleaning with vinegar, which works well too, but in my opinion, is a bit stinky.

Those of you in St. John’s, NL: I found out that Hempware on Duckworth Street carries Dr. Bronner’s soaps!


6 thoughts on “Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap

  1. I have MCS as well – Dr. Bronner’s is like a miracle product for me! We even bathe the dog w/ it so I can hang out w/ her furry grandness afterward 🙂

  2. That’s great to know someone else that uses this, esp. someone with MCS. I can’t wait until we can try it. How much do you normally buy in a year?

  3. Couldn’t honestly say – never tracked it. Can you order from Azure? http://www.azurestandard.com/ – you can get a good price on a gallon.

  4. Someone just recommended this to me today as I was scrubbing my tub (I used borax, which worked fine, but I’m curious to see how this compares). I use baking soda for washing myself, but curious to see how it compares to this as well.

  5. That seems synchronous that someone mentioned Dr. Bronner’s Soap to you today. Just from the sample I tried, I know that we’re hooked. I haven’t been using any soaps on Moses (baking soda in the tub). When he would have ketchup on his face, I would have to scrub a lot with a wet washcloth (which irritated his skin) to get it off (so generally I wouldn’t get it all off). With Dr. Bronner’s it just wipes off easily. (I sound like a commercial).

    We were really impressed with Dr. B soap in the bathtub — no more soap scum. It didn’t do anything with the mildew though.

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