Wednesday, March 31, 2010

How to Make Your Own Dish Soap

I have changed over to more natural dish soaps, they cost a little more, and I am always doing dishes it seems, and just going thru alot of it.

I got to thinking-so why can't I just make my own? I am sure that is what the pioneers did in the 1800s.

So my search brought up some easy recipes-so this will be my next cost savings venture

How to Make Dish Soap (3 recipes)

When you have sensitive skin, washing dishes is a task to dread. Commercial dish soap causes irritations, rashes and break outs that are painful for days. Make homemade dish soap to avoid any rashes and you won't mind scrubbing dinner dishes quite as much.

Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Instructions

    Use Soap Flakes

  1. Step 1

    Mix 1 gallon of warm water and soap flakes in a large pot.

  2. Step 2

    Dissolve the soap flakes in the water on the stove set to low heat. Continually stir the mix while it is heating.

  3. Step 3

    Stir in the glycerin and take the mix off the stove.

  4. Step 4

    Cool the mix and then add 1/2 cup of lemon juice or white vinegar.

  5. Step 5

    Mix in 2 to 5 of drops of your favorite essential oil.

  6. Step 6

    Pour the mixture into a bottle and shake well.

    Use a Bar of Soap

  7. Step 1

    Use a razor to shave an old bar of soap into pieces. Let the shavings fall into a bucket or small bowl.

  8. Step 2

    Pour 2 to 3 cups of hot water over the soap. Allow it to soak for at least 3 hours, or until the soap has softened.

  9. Step 3

    Mash the soap and stir the pieces together until they are smooth. Add more hot water if necessary to soften the mix.

  10. Step 4

    Pour the mixture into a bottle and shake it up.

    Use Castile Soap

  11. Step 1

    Mix a 1/2 cup of warm water with the liquid castile soap. Castile soap is made from vegetable oil and is better for sensitive skin. Purchase castile soap at department stores such as Wal-mart or Target.

  12. Step 2

    Add a pleasant scent to the soap with 2 to 5 drops of an essential oil.

  13. Step 3

    Mix the soap until it combines.

  14. Step 4

    Pour the solution into a bottle.

  15. Step 5

    Shake up the mixture before you use the soap.















from here http://www.ehow.com/how_2052886_make-dish-soap.html

My favorite castile soap is Dr. Bonners http://www.drbronner.com/DBMS/LS.htm I always keep lavender around, I may just try that first for my recipe, and I also like the simple idea of just using soap-the one I use to make my laundry soap would work well-I think I would melt it down in really hot water first.

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