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
Interested? 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.
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