Monday, February 2, 2009

LOOKING FOR RECIPE

Thank you so much for all your sprouting advice!

I will now only be using the jar method as it works best. I will give away FREE to the first commenter here my Biosta Sprouting Kit, a $30- value and like new. I won't say it does not work, but I have not had good luck with it. Maybe you will? The only catch is you will need to send me a UPS type box with return freight paid. I will put it in the box and then give it right back to Mr. UPS or any other way you would do return freight. So, basically it is free but the postage is up to you. I only ask that you post on your blog and link to us here at Eclectic Culture Farm... It's free with a few strings :)

I really need a homemade recipe for dish washing soap. I go through TONS of this now as we do so many dishes by hand. I had a dishwasher before :). I would like the soap to really work, sanitize, kill germs, safe from bad chemicals, LIQUID and easy, and be economical as well... I sure can be demanding can't I. I would love to hear what actually works for your family. I am aware that Tea Tree Oil is good for cleaning as it kills germs. Maybe you use this in your current recipe.

Thanks again!

21 comments:

Missa said...

U can make your own soap using the cold pressed method or melt and pour if your not that brave. (I personally am not brave) Add some tea tree oil or my personal fave Euclyptus oil. Both are very good at disenfecting. Sorry I'm not better help all my green cleaning recipes are on the desktop computer which got nuked by a power surge today....yay.

TheMartianChick said...

I've never been able to find a good homemade dish washing liquid. I make almost all of my other household cleaning products like laundry detergent, window cleaner, etc... would love to have a recipe for this, as well. I hope someone has one to share!

Gigi said...

I too am looking for a good dishwashing soap. What I am using presently works well enough but it doesn't suds up. It is watery and I am using more than I should.
I mix 1/2 cup Dr. Bonner's castile soap and1 cup water ( I heard distilled is best). I also add about 20 drops lemon essential oil.

Jen said...

This is what we use:

3 tbs liquid castile soap
2 cups warm water
2 tbs lemon juice
2 tbs white vinegar
10 drops tea tree oil

So far, so good.

Pink Slippers said...

As I was cleaning the house today and homeschooling I was wondering how you manage and schedule schooling into your schedule?

Missa said...

Where do you guys get the castile soap? It shows up in my recipes too but I haven't found it. (Admitedly haven't looked hard) I just have been using straight glycerin soap and the oil but maybe that would work better!

Farmgirl Cyn said...

I have not been able to come up with a decent recipe. Let us know when you do find something that works!

PS I have been using Costco's "green" dishwashing soap

Dan River Mama said...

I see someone else was first to leave a recipe, but I also wanted to share. There is a really simple recipe listed here as Dish Washing Gel, I haven't tried it, but it does call for bar soap, in case you can't find Castile in liquid form. There are also heaps of other cleaning solution recipes.

http://www.recipegoldmine.com/house/house.html

BTW I love your blog!

Out Back said...

Hello there,

I found a dishwashing liquid recipe plus other good homemade recipes on this blog if you want to take a look. (It is similar to commenter Jen's recipe).

http://www.towards-sustainability.com/2007/05/homemade-toothpaste-dishwashing-liquid.html

Hope this helps,

Tania

Kim said...

Liquid huh? I moved to bar soap for dishes a ways back and LOVE it. I have picking up the bottle to squeeze soap out. I just wipe my dishcloth across my bar soap and voila. And when I need to set it down I set it on the bar soap and then when I pick it back up it's nice and soapy and always ready for me.

Gigi said...

What is the name of the bar soap? I would love to try it .

Kim said...

Just a run of the mill white lye soap works wonders. First starting out you can use Ivory and just be sure to rinse with hot water so you don't get water spots. Ivory's just a tad soft. Use hot water with it.

Blessings said...

This blog has a wealth of information on frugal and sustainable living. Including making your own cleaners.
http://down---to---earth.blogspot.com/2008/01/green-cleaning-floors-and-furniture.html

Sherry in MI said...

If you don't find a recipe you're happy with, thought I would let you know that we use Shaklee's dishwashing concentrate. It literally takes just a few drops so it lasts a long time and works great on grease. It's nontoxic, hypoallergenic, no chlorine, pH balanced, it beat out Method Dish Soap by 72% and beat out Seventh Generation dish soap by 98%. The suds last longer than typical dish soap. It's derived from corn and coconuts - biodegradable, no phosphates or dyes, recyclable packaging. Safe for septic systems and gray water (whatever that is).

Nadine said...

I have no recipe here for you...I used to use Shaklee...but didn't find it worked as well as the Seventh Generation Free and Clear liquid dish soap...(not wanting to ruffle feathers here)just a personal choice..I use Shaklee Basic H as it is the best concentrated cleaner around...and superb too...but back to dish soap here...as a disinfectant you could use tea tree oil, and my friend is very found of pure essential lemon oil...you only need a drop or two..

Hope you find what your looking for...I have found with making my other cleaner (other then the basic H) that using the Seventh Generation does not cost me that much...since I buy it in bulk by the case...and by buying the bigger bottle it costs me even less then buying those smaller bottles...
Good luck!

TheMartianChick said...

I wonder if the difference in opinion about the Shaklee dish detergent vs 7th Generation might be due to the type of water that the users have? My area has extremely hard water which makes it difficult for many "soapy" products to foam up effectively.

JeanM said...

Hi,
Mother Earth News issue 232 has some great recipes using sprouts.
Found some other interesting things in there too! hmmm.

JeanM said...

http://www.howtodothings.com/hobbies/a4599-how-to-make-dish-soap.html
Just google liquid dish soap homemade.

Hot Belly Mama said...

When you find the perfect recipe, be sure to pass it on! We always keep two pots of water full on the wood stove (to prevent dry skin and bloody noses) and often when I do dishes I will pour the boiling hot water over the dishes as a final rinse and to ensure that they are clean.

SK and Family said...

I have heard of using bar soap, but haven't tried it...Mrs. Meyer's dish soap is fantastic, though!

Casey said...

http://www.howtodothings.com/hobbies/a4599-how-to-make-dish-soap.html
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