Finding Dharma in a Sustainable Lifestyle
I am slowly switching all of my cleaning products to homemade ones. Over all this seems to be saving lots of money too. Since we are running low on liquid dish soap, I decided it was a good time to start testing recipes.
So far I am pretty happy with this recipe and may not even try others. This is based on things I found on several other blogs, but I did change a few things.
I shook it up right before the picture because the color was weird from the residue soap.
As you see this does not make a whole lot. You can easily make more to fill up the bottles. By making a small batch it gives you a chance to test it. If you don’t like it, you are wasting less. If you do like it, it gives you a chance to practice and perfect your method.
I am going to give this a good test before giving a final verdict. The kids still get to use the store bought soap until I know how I feel about it.
Right after making it, I put a little in an old pump bottle to use for hand washing too. I suffer from OCD (chronic hand washing), so I am a little picky about my hand soaps. I can’t use anything that drys my hands out too much because they will crack and bleed. So far I am not too excited about this as a hand wash. I am also making bread today (which dries my hands out pretty bad too), so I can’t tell if the soap or the bread is messing up my hands. I will keep trying it. If I am still not happy I will try a moisturizing soap (like Olay) before I give up on the recipe.
I find the soap works better when used with hot water. I always use hot water when doing the dishes, but sometimes I don’t wait for the water to heat up to wash something quickly. I often use my big Pyrex measuring cup off and on all day while baking. Sometimes I need to do more than rise it out, and will tend to do a quick wash 3 times or so in a day. This was hard for me to do unless I let the water heat up first.
It is thick and seems to have a constancy that I don’t really expect. I can live with that, and that it does not get as sudsy. I read online that homemade soap make less bubbles because the store bought ones often add stuff to make it bubble. Personally, I feel as long as my dishes are clean I can live without bubbles.
Most of our really greasy pans are cast iron, so we don’t use soap on those. The grease I have cleaned so far seems to come up easy enough. We eat a lot of Indian food, and curry is pretty hard to clean sometimes. This worked against curry with no problems.