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I am trying to eliminate unwanted toxins and chemicals from our home. I decided to begin with products that we use and breathe in on a daily basis and go from there. Since dishes are being washed 24-7 by yours truly, it seemed like a logical thing to tackle next. Plus I was all out, I needed it.
This is easy to make and much less expensive than the all natural type products available at health food stores. Not only that, and much more importantly, it works really well! I tried making dish soap a long time ago and was very unhappy. But this recipe lathers wonderfully. I plan on getting one of those cute Mason jars with a pump, till then, my old plastic bottle will do. Hope you enjoy trying your hand at this!
Total Time: 10 minutes
Yield: About 1 1/2 cups
Source: Pinterest inspired
How many of you use vinegar to augment your ordinary dish soap? The idea is simple. Find a large pump squirt bottle and fill it half and half with vinegar and water. Add in a squirt of your favorite store bought bio-degradable dish soap and use your new pump bottle mixture to wash your dishes in cold water. Yup, you read me correctly, cold water!
Save on hot water bills and also on store bought dish soap. Try it and and see for yourselves!
Source: I tried mixing a few products together and vinegar mixed with water and ordinary bio-degradable dish soap proved to be a winner. That makes me the source of this tip.
By Joseph R. from Laval, Quebec, Canada
I beg to differ, to use an old phrase. Cold water is not "dangerous." Intelligence in cleaning is more important. It is very possible to have dishes all surfaces, clean with cold water (and/or other cleaners). Just make sure they are free of grease and food particles. If someone in the house has serious health problems, extreme cleaning is a must. But for most households, too clean can be even more dangerous than liveable clean. Keeping children (yes, "grown-ups" too!) from playing in dirt, getting dirty, touching "things" and the like can play havoc with immune systems. Exposure builds up that immune system. I won't belabor the subject, but end with the tried-and-true adage: My house is clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy.
Oh, and by the way, I have had years, many years, of washing & cleaning with cold water--even a pan of dishwater (cold & detergent) kept on the sink for days where I would scrub the dishes then rinse in hot (not boiling) water. Hang in there, Joseph.
After looking on many sites to find homemade hand dish detergent, I finally decided to make my own.
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I have trouble with dry skin. What can I use in my dishwashing soap to make my hands softer?
By Patricia K.
Every time your hands touch water, dry them thoroughly, then apply a dab of hand lotion. Also do this when your hands haven't got wet but still feel too dry. I have the same problem. I like Vaseline intensive care the best but I will use other kinds too. Keep a small tube of hand lotion with you when you go somewhere too. Apply any time your hands start to feel dry.
I go through a large bottle of hand lotion in a month and the carry where you go tubes in about two weeks. A large bottle of Vaseline Intensive Care is less than $4 and it is worth it to keep your hands feeling soft and moist. Just a little extra tip: Don't pet a dog or cat when you have lotion on your hands. I did that. Yuck!
How do you make homemade dish soap? I know it involves baking powder but I don't know what the other ingredients are. Please let me know
It is not baking powder. It is baking Soda. Baking soda will help remove stains and acts as a bleach. I am not sure about making baking soda dish liquid. But you can reduce your cost on the dish liquid you use by using baking soda or white vinegar in your dishes. If you have a build up of grease, hot water and white vinegar can help break it down. Hope this helps.
Here is a recipe I found on Google for it. For recipes requiring home made lye soap, I substitute Ivory. If things need the benefit of baking soda, I just rinse whatever it is and sprinkle a bit on there. Wait a while and then rinse if off and wash as usual. Most recipes with the dish washing detergent are for dishwashers.
I would like to know how to make dish washing soap.
By mgramasah from Malaysia
TSP (Tri-Sodium-Phosphate) plus hand soap remnants work very well for a powerful dish soap, that is gentle on the hands.
Collect the small remnants of hand soap and when you have two cups full, simmer them with some water in a stainless steel one gallon pot, until they are dissolved. Add cool water and a couple tablespoons of TSP. Stir well.
Fill the results into a dish-washing soap pumper and a gallon jug.
Works well for floor and wall cleaning too.
For dry hands-wear thin cotton gloves under rubber gloves to avoid the sweating that causes moisture and strips oils. Williams and Sonoma, a store that is found many places or has a catalog, sells cotton lined gloves for $12.99, but they last longer than regular unlined gloves that get finger punctures. they are great for dry skin.
I also put lotion and vaseline or coconut oil on top of the lotion on my hands and wear cotton gloves at night. Keep a bottle of your favorite lotion fortified with olive oil or almond oil on a shelf and frequently rub a bit on your hands throughout the day.
I also wash my hands in this lotion when they are dirty except of course for food prep or after the toilet. The lotion is good enough for these purposes except as stated. Also wear gloves for all wet work and use disposable gloves for cutting up vegetables or cooking with wet foods-all this contributes to dry hands. I buy the disposable gloves at Amazon.com. you can buy 500 or more real cheap.
By Vicki W.
Are you talking about "distilled white" vinegar? I would only assume you don't mean "apple cider" vinegar.