Day 63: frugal dish soap alternatives OR how much is a gallon, exactly?
So, I am very excited to be almost entirely out of dish soap, as this presents an interesting frugal opportunity, as I think that the frugal thing to do is to MAKE MY OWN DISH SOAP.
I did some internet research, and found a few options. Green as a thistle suggests doing without dish soap at all, just using water. Her readers commented that it's important to use soap when washing anything to do with meat or melty cheese. So, one option could be to wash dishes in water BUT have a spray bottle nearby with a diluted dish soap solution inside, and spray down dishes which require soap.
There is also the option that I could make my own dish soap. These recipes are kind of intimidating, particularly as I keep coming across things that call for you to use a gallon of water -- I'm not sure how much that is, but it seems like quite a lot more than I need. I think I'd like to make just enough to refill my existing dish soap bottle.
This website has a few promising options, like the first one, which calls for liquid castille soap (apparently, this is sold in drugstores and is made from olive oil). You can also use a recipe containing soap flakes, but really, is it somehow more frugal to buy a container of soap flakes, or to just buy a bottle of dish soap?
Anyway, whatever I wind up doing will be both environmentally friendly (less chemicals down the drain) and will also be good for my hands which are SO DRY RIGHT NOW. Not that I wash dishes that frequently, but I think soaking my hands in olive-oil soap may help.