Someday I will not have to buy any ready-made cleaners because I will know how to make them at home all naturally.
That day is not today.
But – I am getting there.
I attempted my first homemade dish soap today. Not for the dishwasher (I have tried that – unsuccessfully – several times…) but for when I am washing dishes in the sink.
I had it up in my browser window for about a week before my dish soap was dangerously low and I needed to either go to the store or buy some, or make some! I had all the ingredients on hand so I went to work.
The recipe calls for making a gallon worth – but I really didn’t want to make that much not knowing if I liked it and I didn’t want to have to store a gallon of the stuff somewhere (out of reach of prying Bizz & BooBoo hands).
So I quartered it!
- A bar of Dr Bronner’s unscented soap (1/4 cup grated)
- 1/4 gallon (4 cups) of water
- 7-8 drops of sweet orange essential oil (I prefer a citrus smell for my dishes than a lavendar)
First I grated the soap that I would need
Then put the soap flakes and water over medium heat.
Once it boiled and simmered I removed from heat and let it cool for a little while, then I added about 7-8 drops of the essential oil and stirred well.
I let it cool for awhile longer, then used a funnel to put into an old dishsoap container I had, and I put the extra in an old maple syrup jar!
Now the verdict – how does it work????
Pretty good! It is a lot more liquidy (be careful when squirting it into the sink or on your sponge, lots comes out quickly!) then store-bought dish soap. I have used it several times for a quick washing of some plates and utensils and been completely happy with it.
Last night I used it for a sinkful of dirty dishes, one of the dishes was very oily from some olive oil I had used in a recipe and it made the dishwater rather oily. I noticed the dishes still had some oil on them after washing & rinsing. So I ran those under some clean hot water with some more soap on a sponge and it turned out fine. Probably next time I will use the advise on the site where I found the recipe and add some vinegar or lemon juice to the water if it is exra oily or greasy.
Looks like it should last me for at least a month or so and then I will decided whether to make this one again, or try my hand at another dish soap recipe.
Have you made any homemade cleaners?
How did you like them?
Have a beautiful day!
**This post was shared on my Gather Page on 9/9/2011!