So, if you know Mr. Grassroofs and I, you know that we are pretty keen on detoxifying/greenifying/ simplifying our life. Our general rule of thumb is that when we own something not suitable to our agenda, we will use it all up and then find a more sustainable option.
Household cleaners can be expensive, and much of our family was very generous in supplying said cleaners when the Mr. and I first moved into the cottage. The house needed a serious scrub down when we first arrived and we were more than willing to accept harsh, abrasive chemicals that got the job done.
But now that we have a better baseline, we are working our way through the products with mile-long ingredient lists- slowly, but surely replacing those items with products better for our us, for Huxley, for any posterity we hope to have, and the whole environment really.
Our most recent adventure in the world of sustainable cleaning products was one of dish soap. And you know what? We found one that really works! Right off the bat! It stays foamy and does that “grease fighting” thing you see on TV commercials! You can see the recipe below, heavily adapted from Nature’s Nurture.
I altered this blogger’s recipe by leaving out the essential oils. Mr. Grassroofs and I don’t love perfumes and the liquid Castile soap we used was already infused with peppermint, so we just left it out. And that worked out perfectly.
Then things got really real when I printed labels for the bottle. They are too big, to be sure, but I like the way they turned out. I got the template from The Creativity Exchange. One label had the recipe so that I could reproduce it; I’ve got to come clean, though, and say that as soon as the bottle got wet, the label was illegible. Hind sight was 20/20 on that one…
So here it is:
- 1 1/4 Cups Boiling Water
- 1/4 Cup Grated Castile soap, tightly packed
- 1 Tablespoon Washing soda
- 1/4 Cup Castile soap
- Add the grated castile soap to the boiling water. Stir until dissolved.
- Add the washing soda.
- Add the castile soap.
- Transfer to a container and enjoy!