Frugal Fails- what you don't know won't hurt'cha . . .
by, 08-17-2013 at 07:31 AM (1213 Views)
Hmm.. I know that everyone knows that I test the recipes out before I share them, at least, I hope they know, but there are days when I don't think people realize to what extent. Take the new Supreme Dishwasher Sauce recipe that I shared last week...
I've tried numerous dishwasher detergent recipes over the last 20 years or so and none of them really overly impressed me. I've spent considerable time studying the composition of commercial detergents. By the way, did you know most commercial detergents are a mixture of washing soda (usually 50%) and Sodium Silicate (along with a few inert ingredients). By the way, did you know that.. No Commercial Dishwasher detergents contain Borax, No Commercial dishwasher detergents contain Salt, and as far as we could find only ONE commercial dishwasher detergent contains baking soda. You can research them yourself here if you'd like, I've spent hours and hours reading all about it. If you're concerned about the safety of using castile soap in a recipe- by all means, read the ingredients of your current favorite dishwasher detergent, I think your fears will be quickly assuaged.
After reading that database, for hours, I came up with a Liquid Lemon Detergent (on my 4th try) and it worked, except for one thing... it was the nastiest looking concoction that I've ever seen. Don't believe me? Take a look for yourself:
While the detergent worked fine, it really looked so disgusting that I knew no one would ever use it. I mean, I've seen vomit less nasty looking/smelling.
So it was back to the drawing board.. then I came up with the Supreme dishwasher sauce, but I knew that people would want to make it as Cheaply as possible, heck I wanted to make it as cheaply as possible, so I made 3 mini batches using 3 different brands of Castile soap. Now here's where I kick myself in the butt, because I already KNOW FOR A FACT that people NEED to visually see the comparison, like the fels vs zote challenge in order to believe it. But I'm only one person and I was trying to do about half a dozen different things at once, including taking clean dishes out of the cupboard and smearing them with egg yolks (so they could Dry on the dishes!) to make sure the detergent actually WORKED. I hate finding recipes on sites, spending the money on the ingredients and then finding out they're fails!
I digress, so, I tested 3 different brands of Castile soap and the ONLY one that worked 100% without any film was LIQUID Dr Bronners Peppermint soap. Now, let me let you in on a little secret.. it's actually a HUGE Pet Peeve of mine.. I hate when someone tries one of my recipes that I spent literally hours creating and perfecting and then they tell me they "tried it and followed it to a "T", EXCEPT that they:
A. Used such and such an ingredient insteadFolks, that's NOT following the Recipe to a "T". That's adapting the recipe to make it your own, which is fine, but please don't waste my time by doing that and then coming back and complaining to me that it didn't work and ask me to figure out why?! It didn't "WORK" because you didn't follow the recipe that I posted. Chances are, I've already Been there, done that, tried that and it didn't work for me either that's why I didn't waste my time or yours by sharing it on the site to begin with!
B. Made their own Such and Such Ingredient Instead
C. Used a different size jar/container/etc than was listed
D. Cooked it for twice as long/half as long, etc
So, I'm off today to go try a couple more herbal body wrap concoctions because quite frankly, I'm still trying to find one that actually works... and I've made 6 so far!