We as a family are always looking at ways to reduce our impact on the environment and buy making what we can ourselves ensures we know what goes down the sink in this case. Now i did do some research on some of the various brands on the market and found that companies don’t tend to give to much away about what they put in each bottle, some companies even get endorsed by various organisations, which is great until you dig a little deeper and notice the companies they are endorsed by are the same companies they also donate to generously to. However some information is available on the internet and many of the ingredients are bad for our skin and lets not forget all the chemicals we literally are washing down the drain every time we wash our pots and pans. So based on this we decided to take matters into our own hands and did a little research online trying to find a alternative solution, luckily we came across quite a lot of footage on the almighty YOUTUBE on there we managed to find various recipes some were 100% natural, some claimed to be 100% natural and were just taking various shop bought products and combining them, we did try various recipes one including the mighty soap nut which did wash ok but struggled with greasy crockery, however after some tests by a panel of the top scientific minds eg our son Ben and myself we managed to produce a good quality washing up liquid which should last a very long time, we made 5 litres and it smells fantastic, doesn’t cost that much to make and should last for ages and whats more, you only need three ingredients for this recipe.
6 whole lemons cut into quarters
5 litres of water (preferably distilled)
750 grams of soap grated
Firstly take the lemons and add two cups of water in a saucepan, bring to boil and cook on moderate heat for around 20-30 minutes until the lemons are soft, remove from the heat and let them cool, when cool put your lemons into a blender and blend them until they are like a fine puree. Next fill a saucepan up with the 5 litres of water and when warm add the grated soap allow this to dissolve and stir occasionally DO NOT LET IT BOIL when the soap has dissolved add the lemon puree and allow all this to simmer for approximately 30 minutes. Then let it cool, when cool add it to a container. Use 1-2 cap full per washing up load.
I used this to clean my dishes and cooker and it handled the grease really well, don’t expect it to bubble like store bought as they add SLS to theres which is bad for us to give it bubbles, but if you do feel you need some bubbles, add some washing soda about a cup full, the great thing is due to the lemons it is fantastic with grease and it smells amazing
Thanks one again for taking the time to read this, i hope it was helpful, let us know how you get on with this or if you have made your own washing up liquid that is working for you.
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