How do you make hand dishwashing liquid?
By Susan from London, ON
I cannot get octagon where I live, at least I have yet to find it! So, last night I made this up with castille, and I ended up with 1/3 inch of white solid on top and the soap is, like water.
So, I decided you couldn't make it with castile. I strained it all out with cheesecloth, and used the liquid to remake it with FelsNaptha which I have used for laundry soap and the same thing happened...1/2 inch of white solid on top! What am I doing wrong? Will this happen with the octagon too or is there something I am doing wrong? I'm so frustrated!
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What other soap can I use other than Octagon?
By Don W.
Bars of Ivory maybe. I like Fels Naptha about as well as I do Octagon. You can get it anywhere that sells Octagon, (like Lehman's). I've never tried making dishwashing Liquid with Ivory, but I've used many bars of just the soap to do dishes.
Hope this helps.
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I am looking for a recipe for making my own hand dish washing liquid.
Thanks in advance!
Karen from Wisconsin
If you have powdered clothes detergent, this might be a suitable substitute for handwashing dishes. In the case of very greasy pots and pans, or dishes with baked-on stuff, soaking them in very hot water will help remove the deposits before putting them in the detergent water. Adding vinegar to the wash water might also be useful. Make sure that you rinse the dishes well, to remove "additives" that might be present in the clothes soap, but are not normally found in dish soap. (04/13/2005)
I would think a little cheap shampoo would work in a pinch. (04/13/2005)
When I was little there was no such thing as dishwashing liquid. We used clothes washing powder. Cheer, Tide And Fab did it all! (04/13/2005)
By mary e. in va.
Use a little grated soap in hot water about 1 Tbsp. and rinse dishes in clean water with 1/4 cup of vinegar added, (this is not neccessary if you dry your dishes straight away) done it heaps of times and works great. (04/23/2005)
Using Detergent and shampoo or whatever is definitely not good for your digestive system. With all the chemicals in it, you may end up paying more for all the medical bill. The best is grinded/powder charcoal or ash. Not only it removes the grease but it also polishes as well. Best of all, it is cheap,safe and enviroment friendly. (06/03/2005)
This is something that is probably cheaper to buy than to make. (11/21/2005)
Try this website they have tons of household cleaner recipes. (11/24/2005)
I just use very hot water : )
I would use baking soda preferably mixed with borax. (01/09/2006)
This inexpensive soap does not suds up very much, but it cleans so well! Use with hot water. Do not use it in automatic dishwashers.
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Ok, I know this sounds a little extreme but when I ran out I used Gain Powder laundry detergent and some bleach... And then boiled some water to rinse them in!! Works great, so great in fact about one a month I wash all the dishes in it again.. It doesn't leave water marks on your glasses and it takes away a LOT of the baked on stuff and the stuff that can get in crevices of your forks and things like that.. And it kills all germs.. Just remember to rinse the dishes really well in extremely hot water.. (03/21/2007)
By Brandie from Bama
A bit of borax in hot water works very well. It also dries leaving minimal water spots :) (02/07/2008)
After searching many sites for a homemade hand dish-washing detergent, I have made up my own recipe and I'm pleased to say it works!
Put shredded soap in 4 1/2- 5 quarts of water and melt on stove. When melted, turn stove off and add all other ingredients and stir. When cooled down, pour in sealed containers.
Use as you would any other dish detergent. The only thing is that it doesn't sud much, but gets dishes really clean. I keep a partial bar of Octagon soap by the sink to use when needed. I also use 1/8 cup of vinegar in the rinse water. Hope this works for you!
By Scarlett from Murray, KY