{Natural DIY} Homemade & natural LIQUID DISH SOAP

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Like almost everyone else I hate washing dishes. I find it gross to touch soggy food, and hate it when my hands get dirty. Also, the smell of conventional dish soap makes me gag. Who thought synthetic lemon was a good idea? These factors made changing over to natural dish soap so much easier. Although I must admit my home-made version doesn’t always get the job done as well as the conventional brands, I am happy with the overall performance. Plus, I can decide on the scent, which is natural and natural smelling! When making your own, you also decide which properties you would like to incorporate. Have small kids? Go for an essential oil that has antimicrobial properties. Lots of greasy pots and pans? Citrus oils are the answers. Want sparkly glasses? Lemon oil. Need to stay calm while washing - add a few drops of lavender. Just a joke, or is it….

I get lazy, and then I buy normal dish soap. Just to almost immediately regret it. This is something you need to make in bulk because we panic when we run low or out on something, and as we all know the best decisions are very rarely made in a state of panic. If you would like a thicker soap, add washing soda to the mix until you reach the desired consistency. I leave it out. If you are worried about getting pots and pans clean use the baking soda trick - sprinkle baking soda onto the pan or pot, then spray with vinegar. Let it sit for a while, then wash with a twine cloth or the plastic bag that onions usually come packaged in (re-use!). I have not yet met a pot or pan that I could not get clean using this method.

 

A note –

when choosing your essential oils, just keep in mind that you want to incorporate antimicrobial properties into the soap. So choose oils that are antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, etc. Most oils have at least one of these properties, but some (like tea tree and eucalyptus) ticks more than one box. I use eucalyptus most of the time, together with a citrus scent just for a nice aroma. I used to use a lot of tea tree but suspect I might be a bit intolerant to the oil as I start to itch when I come into contact with it. It also makes my eczema flare up. Remember to always test your tolerance before using oils!

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