Veggie Wash – Dr. Wood’s Castile Soap

Dr. Bronner Castile soap, washing veggies, carrotsMany years ago (25?), some of my friends and I decided we should wash our produce because of the increasing amounts of pesticides and, of course, because of what else would be on it.

Being independent souls, we tried a lot of things from very diluted hydrogen peroxide or bleach to salt and baking soda. Finally, I used liquid grapefruit seed extract, but it was expensive because I had to use so much. I also tried a few essential oils. Nothing gave the results we wanted. We also figured out that using diluted bleach was bad for our lungs and absorbed by our skin (duh!).

When I started shopping at places like Wild Oats and Trader Joe’s, I saw this BIG 32 oz. bottle with strange things written on it by Dr. Bronner’s. It was SO weird, in fact, that I didn’t buy it for a long time. Trader Joe’s had their own label, and it was wonderful, but it was discontinued. In the meantime, I was hooked on Castile soap, and finally got the Dr. Bronner’s for $8.99.

fresh greens, turnips, beet tops, spinace, romaine lettuce, washing veggies,Well, I’ve been researching another source and found it! Dr. Wood’s makes a Castile soap that compares to the great ingredients in Dr. Bronner’s, but costs 2/3 less. In fact, there are quite a few Dr. Wood’s products.

Dr. Wood's peppermint Castile soap, veggie wash, pak choi Chinese cabbage, washing produce

Castile soap originated in Castile, Spain. All true Castile soap is made from pure oils. I love the short and simple ingredient list on Dr. Woods Pure Peppermint Castile:

“Purified water (aqua), saponified coconut, hemp & olive oils with retained glycerin, vitamin E oil (tocopheryl acetate), peppermint oil, sea salt, citric acid and rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis) extract.

It contains no lauryl/laureth sulfates, animal ingredients, no artificial colors and was not tested on animals. pH balanced. Paraben free.”

Another reason Castile soap is a good buy is because it has so many multiple uses. It is just one more way to help you simplify your personal care products and green cleaning routine.

Other uses: body wash, shaving cream, baby wipes, baby wash, and homemade household cleaner. A little goes a very long way in washing veggies. It is kind to hands and doesn’t taint the food you wash. Yeah! I love green products :)

washing snap peas, Dr. Wood's veggie wash, Dr. Bronner's Castile soap

Well, the peas are coming in gangbusters, and it occurs to me that we will have fresh peas every day for the nest two or three weeks. I have the simple, old-fashioned idea to ‘put them up’ for another day. I will post on how to freeze soon. Stay tuned…have a blessed day!

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22 Responses to Veggie Wash – Dr. Wood’s Castile Soap

  1. I remember seeing all the random writings on Dr. Bronner’s Castille soap when I first visited the USA. I was intrigued but it took me quite a long time to figure out what the product in the bottle actually was! 😉 I knew it could be used as soap, body wash and shampoo but didn’t know the product is so versatile! My only main complaint is that I don’t find the smell very pleasant. But thanks for teaching me something new! :)

    This Good Life

  2. Amanda O says:

    So using this as a fruit and veggie wash might be a good option if you can’t buy all organic, right?

    And as usual….GREAT post =) Love all of the great info!

  3. Sandra says:

    I’ve used Dr. Bonner’s for years and a bottle lasts forever, it seems. For a lot of my household uses, there’s white vinegar. That’s what I use to rinse veg and fruit from the garden and market; as a rinse in the washer, for my hair…the list goes on and on. As Martha would say, “it’s a good thing” -smile-.

  4. I’ve been looking for a way to wash the fruits and veggies I buy! This looks like it might be the answer!
    Thanks! :-)

  5. Jacqueline, I love the idea for using that soap for a veggie wash! Great idea, I also use it as a counter spray. I recently started a new link up for sharing healthy ideas, tip, going “green” suggestions, recipes, etc and would LOVE for you to add this! Hope to see you there!

  6. Hey I found you on the Day2Day Joys link up. Great idea! I love finding new ways to use my Dr. Bronner’s soap!

    • Jacqueline says:

      Greetings, Rebekah! Are you a young mother? Yes, you do have lots of ways in which to use it :) Do you use it for your children’s shampoo? If so, do the kids like it?

  7. Nicki Puente says:

    Are Dr. Woods products available in stores or only available for purchase online? I live in Chicago and this really sounds like a product and company I’d be interested in. Thanks.

    • Jacqueline says:

      Hi, Nicki,
      The Dr. Woods product is available online from Swanson Health Products. !-800-437-4148 or In the post there is a price comparison in a link I added. It lists ALL the places you can get it. Hope this helps! Glad you asked.

  8. jocuri says:

    Veggie Wash – Dr. Wood’s Castile Soap | Deep Roots at Home has been put into my own favorites. I can’t wait to learn even more about this subject.

  9. Johndaddy says:

    Good stuff.
    It is Dr. Woods that is an integration of allopathic and complementary therapies..
    Woods and staff can assist with all of your eye care needs.

  10. dj says:

    Does anyone know who Dr. Woods is or how/where these products are made?
    We know a lot about Dr. Bronner, his family, social work, employees, and where/how the products are made. I’m enticed by the lower price, gosh almost 1/2, but what gives? The website wasn’t very helpful. Thanks.

  11. Holland says:

    How glad I am to have come across your blog. I am a 22 year old new wife who is making many changes (some drastic for me) to the foods that enter the bodies of me and my loved ones. I love learning new information and spreading the word to everyone I can get to listen! I am a health and fitness coach, so I am tackling ladies everyday discussing their eating habits and pin pointing what they are REALLY eating.

    I will be an avid reader to your posts!

    • Jacqueline says:

      Thank you, Holland, for this encouragement. I really appreciate it, and it makes me feel happiest to think that this little spot on the internet can be helpful. I look forward to getting to ‘know’ you on this journey. Blessings!

  12. Jesse says:

    Hello Jacqueline,

    I love your blog…it is so refreshing and I am on the same page with you, with your convictions and what you stand for. I love reading each new post you have :-)

    I currently use Dr. Bronner’s, castile soap, but would surely like to save money and try out Dr. Woods. Although, I do have a couple of concerns about two of the ingredients and was wondering what you thought. I have seen “glycerin” on a list of what is you have any idea what type of glycerin this is and if maybe there is a kind that is not GM? Also, Sarah Pope (healthy home economist), has an article on citric acid. This is what she says about it….
    “Citric acid is a hidden source of MSG and I do whatever I can to avoid this dangerous additive for myself and my family. MSG damages the hypothalamus part of the brain stem. The hypothalamus happens to be the Master Controller of the endocrine system. You don’t want anything messing with your hypothalamus as this can cause serious metabolism issues (rats fed MSG get morbidly obese, for example).”

    Also.. “Citric Acid: Manufactured from corn, very likely genetically modified. Citric acid coming from corn has traces of MSG in it which is a proven neurotoxin which triggers a wide variety of physical symptoms in many people some very severe”.
    So, my question is, is citric acid still going to be harmful if used in a product that goes on your body, instead of in? I do know that anything put on your skin is absorbed, but am wondering if citric acid would be absorbed as well (that is in the Dr. Woods soap)?

    I am sorry for such a long comment! I just would really appreciate your input on these ingredients. Thank you so much!

    • Jacqueline says:


      Thank you for your kind words! You are so gracious!

      The thing with citric acid and glycerin are new to me, but I really do try to watch MSG and GMOs and want to learn more. I am having time management issues and will not be able to research it, at least for a while. If you do find out more, I would love to learn! We use it strictly for veggies wash and so I’m not using it but once every week and my daughter once every week and then for 10-12 minutes max with lots of rinsing. You will know I am nuts when I tell you I have used antibacterial soap…many, many years ago and a weak bleach solution, too. Stupid, I know. I’m praying that the Lord covers us because I don’t know what else I can use…any ideas? Hydrogen peroxide 3%, maybe?

      Another challenge is that I have to move slowly with my husband and family. I sometimes think I am like a fire alarm! Always going off! Haha!

  13. I’ve been using Dr. Woods for about a year now. I was glad to find a brand that was less expensive than Dr. Bonner’s and didn’t have the “interesting” writing on the bottle. I never thought to use it as a produce wash!
    Glad I found your post through the Modest Mom’s link up! :)

  14. anita says:

    i am looking for the ratios for the soaps and washes. i assume this is not used straight but diluted? i use castille for other things and am looking into using it as a dish soap and would love a chart for dilutions if you have a link for that. many thanks and blessings !

    • Jacqueline says:

      Hi, Anita,
      I am sorry I don’t know a link for that or have a chart. I just use enough to make it feel slightly slippery enough to do the job. Maybe a TBSP per 1/2 gallon… I’m always trying to use less water to have a higher concentration of soap :) Have fun!
      PS If you find a good dilution chart, would you share it with me here? It really is a good idea you have!

  15. Danielle B says:

    Unfortunately, using a veggie wash will not remove the pesticides that already leached into the vegetable or fruit. I find the veggie washes to be a waste of money. Better off using a sink full of water with added peroxide to remove dirt.

  16. Diana Estep says:

    This is Dr Bronner’s dilution chart which should also work for Dr Wood’s products

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