Hand washing dishes- Soapmaking

I wash my dishes by hand and would love make a soap for it. I have looked all over the web and can only find laundry soap and dishwasher soap mixes. Do you think that the dishwashing soap mixes would work or is there some way to make a 'Dawn' type of soap? Thanks, P

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    I wash my dishes by hand and would love make a soap for it. I have looked all over the web and can only find laundry soap and dishwasher soap mixes. Do you think that the dishwashing soap mixes would work or is there some way to make a 'Dawn' type of soap?

    Thanks,

    P

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    Old fashion Soap Jelly

    Cut 1 pound hard soap into very fine shavings and add 1 gallon water. Boil about 10 minutes, then cool. Keep covered to prevent drying out.

    This can be used in washing machines and for washing dishes because it melts in hot water and makes thick suds.

    This is a recipe that my grandmother gave me from back when they made their own soap and washed laundry in a boiling tub in the back yard! I wouldn't recommend using it in today's washing machines! But I have used it to hand wash clothes and to wash dishes and it works well.

    Hope this helps! Would love to hear other recipes!
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    Cherlynn,
    I was wondering what hard soap is and where to purchase.. Refresh my memory, once I hear the description of this product I might recall what it is..
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    Just a plain bar of soap. I know there are several out there but names just aren't coming to mind right now. the Nels Fel soap would work as would any plain hard bar soaps. grandma would of used her homemade lye soap.

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    Thanks so much I will be trying this soon as I am almost out of dawn. Again thanks.

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    Thanks so much for passing on this recipe, I too have looked all over for a recipe for dishwashing detergents.

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    I buy a large dawn and seperate it into a milk jug fill with water -this is a little runny ,but works just as well. Bobbi-ne

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    Thanks for sharing everyone... I was wondering the same thing! Thanks for the post P

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    Homemade Dish Washing Liquid

    2 cups of liquid castile soap
    A few drops of essential oil
    1/2 cup of water

    Combine two cups of liquid castile soap with 1/2 cup of warm water. Add a few drops of essential oils for a pleasant scent. Shake or mix well and place in a squeeze bottle. Shake well before using.

    You can buy the liquid soap or you can make your own.

    Homemade Liquid Soap -- for everyday use in your kitchen and bath.

    2 cups of grated (cured) Castile Soap
    1 Tablespoon of Palm Oil
    1 teaspoon Vodka
    1/2 Tablespoon Glycerin (optional)
    1/2 teaspoon Lemon Essential Oil (or any Essential Oil)
    1/2 teaspoon Grapefruit Essential Oil (or any Essential Oil)
    1/2 teaspoon Eucalyptus Essential Oil (or any Essential Oil)
    2 1/2-3 cups of spring or distilled water
    1 or 2 pump or foaming bottles

    Over low heat and in a double-boiler pan, add grated soap, palm oil, glycerin and water. Simmer until all the soap has melted and is liquefied. Add vodka. Remove from heat and let cool slightly before adding the essential oils, mix well. Let cool completely before pouring into bottle and check the consistency (if too thick, add more spring water and stir).

    Using a funnel, slowly pour liquid soap into your chosen bottle or bottles. Keep any lumpy soap that may not have melted from going into the funnel. Label and use. (Could make a nice gift if put in a pretty bottle that matches someones bathroom--Maybe?)

    This makes 16 ounces.

    Note: All ingredients need to be measured.

    You can buy your bar soap or make your own.

    Homemade Castile Soap

    1. 8 Pounds of Pure 100% Olive Oil
    1 ounce Beeswax Pearls

    4 ounces Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
    10 ounces of Distilled Water

    1/4 cup or less Ground Dried Chamomile and 2 ounces Chamomile Fragrance Oil (optional--added at trace)


    Melt the beeswax in the olive oil until temperatures reach approximately 120. Add the lye to the water stirring well (follow basic cold process instructions) and add to the oil/beeswax mixture when it cools to 120. Stir until trace and pour into mold.

    Makes 2 pounds of soap.

    Notes: IMPORTANT!! Remember to wear gloves and goggles when working with lye. Also, remember to measure everything!

    Hope this helps. Thanks; Virginia

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    Virginia,
    Why or should I ask does
    1 teaspoon Vodka
    do for this recipe ?? I've never hear of this, but again I've never made soaps before.. Thanks
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    Vodka is used as a preservative to keep the oils (liquid Palm and Olive) from going rancid. Vodka is odorless and colorless, and allows this to be out like commercial soaps, otherwise (with no preservative) it would need to be refrigerated. That is my understanding anyway. Commercial soaps have all kinds of chemical preservatives. Vodka is all natural.

    Hope this helps. Thanks; Virginia

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    Thanks for the explanation on this one, really wasn't sure.
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    I grate Octagon into hot water and it makes a gel. I dont always like it for super greasy pans, but it does work well. I've heard of just grating a little Ivory into the dish water and it supposedly works- I havent tried this.

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    If you don't mind answering, why don't you like it for super greasy pans? What about for glassware and such?

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    I mix some soda and borax into the grated soap and hot water and it cuts grease and baked on stuff really good

 

 
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