"she stuck my head in the basin and washed it with Octagon soap and castile."
Octagon soap is a popular soap used in America. It acts as a powerful laundry stain remover, dissolves grease quickly and is used for cleaning stoves and woodwork.
Castile soap is another popular type of soap, made with olive oil. It is used to cleanse the body as body wash, shampoo and conditioner.