My husband said the magic words today.
"We've run out of dishwashing soap."
I have been so busy that I had forgotten that I wanted to make dishwashing soap. Over the past couple of weeks I have ordered ingredients from Amazon and they had all arrived and been put away. But with no demand for dishwashing soap I had completely forgotten about the project.
Until today. I went into action.
I went directly to one of my favorite web sites for this kind of thing and searched for dishwashing soap recipes.
I made a container for the soap out of a ball canning jar and a spout. I used a large drill bit and hammered a hole in the top and inserted my spout.
It is extremely easy to make. This is what I did.
In a bowl I put in about 2 tablespoons of distilled white vinegar, 2 tablespoons of washing soda and 2 tablespoons of grated Pure-Castile soap (It looks and grates just like cheese). I added a cup of liquid Pure-Castile soap and then added 3 cups of hot water and whisked it. I let it cool for a while and whisked it again.
You can add essential oils, however my liquid Pure-Castile soap is already flavored (peppermint) so I decided to stay with that.
Once it cooled I used it on a load of dishes and it worked beautifully...except afterwards, my hands felt *astringenty*. Afterwards I needed to dip my hands into my jar of coconut oil that is in the kitchen for these kinds of emergencies! I do have dry skin.
The dishwashing liquid does smell very nice I must say. I think I would use non scented liquid Pure- Castile soap and add my own flavors going forward. I would like to use lavender essential oil.
Oh...and I found out how to make Washing Soda from Baking Soda. You just heat it at 400 degrees F for around 30 minutes (for 6 tablespoons). Washing soda is almost the same as baking soda... just with an extra sodium atom. This is all pretty fascinating to me and took me on a wild google ride! Anyway I am back now!
I am wondering how long this dishwashing liquid will last. It is water based. I am hoping it will last a month without deterioration.
(By the way I have been using my homemade granite cleaner for two weeks now and I love it. I took a car load of household chemicals to the toxic waste disposal in Stamford last week. It feels so good ridding the house of chemicals. And so empowering to make them myself.)