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    • #273241

      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?


    • #421175

      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!
      NW Missouri

    • #421180

      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..

    • #421182

      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.

    • #421185

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

    • #421191

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

    • #421291

      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

    • #421292

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

    • #421680

      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

    • #421686

      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

    • #421696

      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

    • #422307

      Thanks for the explanation on this one, really wasn’t sure.

    • #431849

      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.

    • #431855

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

    • #431856

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

    • #431858

      When using this mix, do you need to wear protective gloves?

    • #431860

      I don’t, but make sure you test a little on your wrist first so you know. I don’t use very much borax, just a little and a lot more baking soda with the grated soap to mix with the water.

    • #442410

      I would like to make liquid dishwashing by hand soap too. Have you had any luck in finding a recipe for it?

    • #442960

      Hello and Welcome to Budget 101, Cathie2! Good to have you here. Enjoy!

      In answer to your question — look back through this thread and you will find a recipe. I am sure that there are others out there but this is one. Thanks; Virginia

    • #442961

      I have always used Joy for cleaning dishes since I discovered that the Window Tinting installers use it in their spray bottles so they can move the Tint around to fit it properly. It is the only soap that will not leave a film. For some reason Joy is getting harder to find but I have been using it for years.

    • #443000

      Dawn dish detergent has always been my favorite for hand washing dishes but ever since I cam up with the Supreme dishwashing sauce for the dishwasher, I’ve been using it for the hand washed dishes as well. The only difference is that I add 1 tsp of glycerin per jar. Glycerin softens hands, keeps skin smooth and also prevents the contents of the jar from separating.

      Recipe for Supreme Dishwasher Sauce:

    • #443254

      @dragline190d 329017 wrote:

      I have always used Joy for cleaning dishes since I discovered that the Window Tinting installers use it in their spray bottles so they can move the Tint around to fit it properly. It is the only soap that will not leave a film. For some reason Joy is getting harder to find but I have been using it for years.

      i found that cvs carries joy.

      i thought of your post when i saw it.

    • #455555

      Thank you all for sharing!
      and teaching me your tips 😀

    • #460680

      What is “hard soap”? Is this just regular bath soap?

    • #460681

      You can also purchase a large bottle of dawn and use it in one of their pump bottles. You fill pump bottle about 1/4 full of regular dawn and finishing filling with regular water…saves a BUNCH of money. But I am looking at making our own dish soap now as well.

      Thanks for posting

    • #461183

      Do you think zote would work

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