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    Soap Saturday: Dishwashing Liquid

    I don’t have a dishwasher, so dishwashing liquid is a Big Deal for me. It has to perform well when squirted on a dishcloth, rinse easily, and dry without leaving any kind of film.

    At first I used some of my Bucket Of White Slime laundry detergent. That worked fine, although it wasn’t very good at cutting grease. And a mysterious faint white film was left on my glassware. Was it a grease film? Deposits from one of the three ingredients? I don’t know, but it was driving me mad. I washed one coffee cup five times in a row, I am so not kidding about that.

    After some experimentation, I found my ideal mixture. This blend actually performs substantially better than the commercial dishwashing liquids I used to use! Although it takes a light touch with the bottle, since it’s a true liquid and not a gel.


    Dishwashing Liquid:

    1/2 C Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap
    1 C water
    1 teaspoon washing soda

    This gives a nice bit of feedback in the form of a bit of sudsing, it cuts grease like nobody’s business, it smells nice (but the smell doesn’t linger on your dishes), and it’s easy on the hands.

    By the way, if you can’t find a source for Dr. Bronner’s soap locally, they offer free shipping on orders over $20! Once I finish using up this bottle of lavender scent, I’m looking forward to ordering a bottle of the citrus scent specifically for washing dishes.

    2 comments to Soap Saturday: Dishwashing Liquid

    • I’m loving this set of posts on soap — we clean everything in the whole house with: 1 part white vinegar, 2 parts water, and 1tbs of Dr. Bronners. It even gets glass clean and sparkly! Good in the toilet, tub, on the floors, countertops, sinks…. LOVE.
      I totally want to try your laundry soap. I have no idea where to get washing soda, though. Drugstore maybe? Where did you get yours? Did you say and I missed it?

    • I got mine in the 1800s! No really, but doesn’t it seem like it belongs to the era of Little House on the Prairie?

      I guess a lot of Safeway stores stock it – mine doesn’t – I found mine at Fred Meyer. People have also told me they found it at Haggen, Meijer, Albertsons, Winco, Ace Hardware (in the “painting prep” section), and sometimes Walmart. Be sure it’s SUPER washing soda, because Walmart sometimes stocks just “washing soda.”

      Look for it to read “sodium carbonate” – non-super washing soda is “sodium bicarbonate” a.k.a. baking soda at a ridiculous mark-up.

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