Homemade Dish Soap Is Easy To Make

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If you are worried about the effect of chemicals on the environment today, one of the ways you can help improve it is through making your own dish washing soap. It takes little time and effort to make your own formula that results in a liquid that is more gentle to human skin and easier on the wallet as well.

How to Make Homemade Dish Soap

BoraxInterested? If so, the next time you go to the grocery store, add three extra ingredients to your cart that you can use as materials to make dish soap that cuts through grease and does a good job of cleaning. To make your own dish washing soap, you’ll need unscented and undyed bar soap along with borax, essential oil, a saucepan, a spoon and washing soda.

After you have assembled all of the essential materials, the steps to make homemade dish washing soap are simple. Start with using a cheese grater to shave down bar soap into flakes. Any unscented variety will work. Next, combine 1 tablespoon of grated soap with 1 tablespoon of borax in a bowl. Check to ensure that you have purchased borax and not boric acid as they are not the same item.

By making your own dish soap, you will avoid using sodium laurel sulfate, which is an irritant for some people. Add 1 tablespoon of washing soda or sodium carbonate, if you think you will miss the suds that laurel sulfate produces.

When you have assembled the mixture, heat 1-3/4 cups of water until boiling and then stir in the assembled ingredients until the soap melts and the powders dissolve. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool for several hours, stirring the liquid periodically to keep it from congealing.

Afterwards, transfer the homemade dish washing liquid into a quart bottle, adding 14 to 20 drops of essential oil while doing so. The addition of oil, plus its scent, makes doing dishes a sensory experience. Adding citrus oils can especially improve the effectiveness of your homemade blend, making it better able to cut through grease accumulations to make your dishes sparkling clean.

For more tips on how to make cleaners that are kind to the environment, visit Cleaner Visions often.

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Natural Grapefruit Scrub Shower and Bath Cleaner

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There are several housekeeping tasks that people often put off or postpone such as clearing out the gutters. If you have been putting off cleaning the bathroom or specifically the tub — with all the mineral buildup and nasty soap scum — we have a cleaning solution for you that will make bathroom cleaning easy and painless. Sure there are plenty store-bought cleaning detergents out there, but we like to go the natural route. Grapefruit is the perfect all natural scrubber for getting that white residue and soap scum off of the walls, tiles and bath basin in your bathroom.

How to Use Grapefruit to Clean Your Bathroom

157991199Using grapefruit to clean you bathroom, shower and bathtub is easy. The juice in the grapefruit is highly acidic — which is why it burns so badly if you accidentally get sprayed in the eye with it while eating a breakfast grapefruit. The acidity of the grapefruit has amazing cutting powers when it comes to soap scum and calcium deposits. All you have to do is cut the grapefruit in half and add a heavy amount of coarse salt, sea salt, or kosher salt to the exposed side of the grapefruit. Remember to use a lot of salt, as you won’t be eating the grapefruit, you want the salt to act as a coarse scrubbing surface. Now just use the grapefruit as a scrubbing pad, squeezing as you scrub all surfaces.

The grapefruit will lose its juice and its cleaning power as you go along, so it is best to have several grapefruit that have been sliced in half handy, and keep adding more salt if the grapefruit is no longer scrubbing but sliding.

While this is our favorite natural cleaner, we don’t expect our readers to go out and but a bag of grapefruit every time they want to clean the shower. We use the whole grapefruit maybe once every 2 months, when soap scum and calcium buildup becomes the worst in the shower and bathroom. For the in-between-cleaning times, we make a grapefruit cleaning paste that can be easily stored, and does well for a light weekly cleaning of the bathroom.

How to Make Grapefruit Shower and Bath Cleaning Paste

The recipe for this shower and bathroom cleaning paste is extremely simple, and you can easily store large quantities of the cleaner up to a month.

STEP 1: Cut your grapefruit in half and juice into a container (Making sure to remove the seeds).

STEP 2: For every half cup of juice you have, add 1/2 cup of salt.

STEP 3: Mix into a thick paste, place in an airtight container and store in a cool pantry or in the refrigerator.

That’s it! It is as simple as that. Try out this method for yourself and feel free to let us know how you think that it works. As always, check back Cleaner Visions often for the best cleaning solutions and all natural recipes to make cleaning products at home for yourself.