Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Stretching Your Dishwashing Soap

I'm always looking for a way to save a little more on cleaning products. New readers might want to check out my earlier post for homemade laundry soap and a less expensive dishwasher detergent.

I had stumbled across a recipe for stretching dishwashing soap on Thriftyfun.com a while back but only recently got around to giving it a try. It worked really well and is much less expensive than the dishwashing liquid I had been using.

Here's how to do it. On Thriftyfun.com they recommended using a pump bottle for this but since I didn't have one, I just used another dishwashing liquid container. You fill the empty container about one third full of dishwashing liquid. Add 1 tablespoon of Borax and fill the rest with white vinegar. Shake gently to mix and then use as you normally would.

I like this because it allows me to use pricier but more environmentally friendly dishwashing liquids, like Ecover and Seventh Generation, without breaking the bank.

6 comments:

Jennifer C. said...

Thanks for the tip and thanks for your great blog! I always get inspiration from reading your posts.

Harmonia said...

Great read! Thanks for posting! Very interesting!

James said...

The idea is good, only if you aren't using a greywater system. The added borax is harmful. It doesn't break down in the soil, and if you are on septic, will eventually clog your leach fields. Just thought you might want to know.

Cheers,

James

Barbara said...

I tried that recipe for dish soap and I had to add more of the pricey stuff. Otherwise, it didn't get grease off hardly at all. Let me know how it works with your dishes.

Barbara

Barbara said...

Oh I wanted to add, this is for hand dishwashing. For the dishwasher, I use powder, a mixture of Seventh Gen, borax and washing soda. It does a great job on the dishes and the glasses are perfect.

Barbara

Katie said...

Thanks Jennifer and Harmonia!

James,
Thanks for the tip. I hadn't heard this before but you're absolutely right (a quick google search made that clear!)

We are on a septic system so I need to play around with my laundry detergent and dishwasher detergent recipes as well. It serves me right for being so cocky about never using bleach!

Barbara,
So far it seems to be working really well.