The other day we ran out of dish soap (and we don’t have a dishwasher). It was too late to go to the store, so I just added some water to the tiny amount of soap that was left and we have been using that for the past two days. I still haven’t gone to the store. But this made me think that in most cases, we probably can make things last longer than we think, we need less soap to clean the dishes then we think and use, and in many cases we could come up with a DIY version that would safe us a trip to the store altogether. I have wanted to try it for a while, so here we go.
So many products
According to many ads and the vast array of stuff in our lives, we need a lot of different products for a variety of uses. For example, you will find a wide range of products in the laundry rooms of many homes, including mine. From detergent to softener, stain remover or laundry booster, most of them come in plastic bottles. The same occurs in many other areas in our home. Our closets and cabinets are filled with endless amounts of bottles, boxes and bags of products for different occasions. We are flooded with information online and in stores that tell us exactly what we need to make our life easier. And a lot of times, we believe it and purchase it, which is the result of great marketing. Believe me, with two growing boys and mountains of dirty clothes, I am not sure if I will ever be able to get my laundry clean without using stain remover ( though I am determined to find one that I can make on my own. )
But I do believe that there are ways, we can reduce at least the amount of products we purchase. And a great way to do that is try to make your own. In this post, I will explain how simple it can be to make home made dish soap.
Making your own can be simple
I know, I know. The busyness of life gets in the way of many things. Making anything from scratch, even a home made meal, can be a huge task to fit into our schedules. I don’t know about you, but lately I have been so grateful for the invention of the instant pot and how much easier it has made it to have a healthy, warm meal at the end of the day.
I have shied and still shy away from many things that include the word home made. But I am trying and believe that with a bit of research and planning, making your own products can not only be more simple, but also a huge money saver.
An easy DIY dish soap
While researching home made dish soap, I came across a variety of recipes. Most, if not all of them, contain Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds biodegradable cleaner. This cleaner is not a soap but a concentrated hard surface all-purpose cleaner that you can use for dishes, laundry, floors, furniture and even cars. It is made with plant-based surfactants, scented with pure fir and spruce essential oil, is produced without any synthetic dyes, fragrances or preservatives and biodegrades very fast! This cleaner can be a bit pricey, but since it is highly concentrated, it can be diluted in water and used for many DIY recipes, including dish soap. One bottle of this cleaner will last for a long time, several months if not a couple of years, so it is definitely worth the investment, especially if it’s one of the only products you end up using for all your cleaning needs.
The other two ingredients that are added to a lot of recipes is good, old distilled white vinegar and distilled water.
Here is a recipe that is simple, works very well and can be experimented with:
- 1/2 cup warm distilled water
- 1/2 Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds
- 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar
- 1 tablespoon essential oil, optional (try jojoba or coconut for moisturizing, or lavender or orange for a fresh scent)
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt, optional
- Combine the water and vinegar
- Add the Sal Sud’s and stir
- You can now add any, optional ingredients like essential oil or other oils
- Stir again to combine
- If the mixture is to thin, you can add salt to thicken it (add just a little at a time)
- Then you can pour the mixture into a glass dispenser or reuse one of your old soap dispensers and use it as needed
There is room to play around with different ingredients, but certainly the combination of Sal Suds, White vinegar and water will do the trick and clean your dishes. It’s that easy and if you run out, you will also safe a trip to the store by quickly mixing up some more.
What else can I use Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds for?
The truth is, you can use Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds for pretty much anything that needs cleaning. Here are just a few examples:
- trash cans
- wood cutting boards
- bathroom fixtures – toilet, tub, sink
- painted walls
- painted shelves
- car leather
- metal outdoor furniture
- fruits and veggies
And the list goes on. There is more information on Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds on their website www.drbronners.com. It’s a great company to support and will help you with all your cleaning needs.
It takes some research and rethinking
I hope to try and share some other DIY recipes in the future. If you try this dish soap, leave a comment and tell me how you like it. I believe with a bit of research, rethinking and some experimentation, the amount of bottles in our household can be reduced to two or three essentials that can work for most of our needs.
Join me on this path! And if you have any other ideas or questions, feel free to contact me.