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    dniester007
    Homemade washing up liquid
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    • 19th Oct 06, 1:55 PM
    Homemade washing up liquid 19th Oct 06 at 1:55 PM
    I'm obsessed with homemade washing up liquid, but can't quite get the recipe right.

    I live in a hard water area, so any natural soaps I use tend to leave lots of scum.

    My current best recipe contains water (of course), salt, a natural soap (what is a natural, ecological detergent!), lemon juice, sodium bicarb, glycerine (the cake version) and some essential oil. It looks a bit like the Ecover version (Ecover are a bit of a con in my opinion).

    Anyone else got any recipes?

    I may try to sell some at a Christmas craft fair. I made lots of homemade ecological baths salts, shake and vac, bath oil etc last Christmas and did quite well at a craft fair.
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  • GeDink
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    • 19th Oct 06, 9:15 PM
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    • 19th Oct 06, 9:15 PM
    Anthea Turner's (perfect housewife) recipe for washing-up liquid:


    2 ltrs boiling water
    2/3 drops tea tree oil
    8 gm soap flakes
    8 gm of soda crystals
    tsp vinegar

    Mix and put in soap dispenser

    Haven't tried it but hope this helps!
  • AussieLass
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    • 20th Oct 06, 12:01 AM
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    • 20th Oct 06, 12:01 AM
    How much would 8gms be? :confused: a couple of tablespoons, teaspoons etc. I've looked it up but can't seem to find the answers.
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    • Judi
    • By Judi 20th Oct 06, 12:03 AM
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    • 20th Oct 06, 12:03 AM
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    • 20th Oct 06, 12:03 AM
    Where do you get soap flakes from?
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    • Quasar
    • By Quasar 20th Oct 06, 12:10 AM
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    Quasar
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    • 20th Oct 06, 12:10 AM
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    • 20th Oct 06, 12:10 AM
    How much would 8gms be? :confused: a couple of tablespoons, teaspoons etc. I've looked it up but can't seem to find the answers.
    by AussieLass
    A little over a third of an ounce - I'd say a heaped tablespoon, but I'll be happy to stand corrected.
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    • 20th Oct 06, 12:36 AM
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    • 20th Oct 06, 12:36 AM
    Where do you get soap flakes from?
    by Judi
    We get Lux Soap Flakes here which are in the washing powder aisle. I presume this is what they are?

    Thanks Q,
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    • Quasar
    • By Quasar 20th Oct 06, 12:49 AM
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    • 20th Oct 06, 12:49 AM
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    • 20th Oct 06, 12:49 AM
    We get Lux Soap Flakes here which are in the washing powder aisle. I presume this is what they are?

    Thanks Q,
    by AussieLass
    Or you can grate some neutral soap. I grate neutral soap when I want to wash delicate fabrics by hand, then I put a teaspoon of glycerine in the last rinse - but this is off topic, sorry...
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    • 20th Oct 06, 1:06 AM
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    • 20th Oct 06, 1:06 AM
    I have sunlight soap. Would this be neutral soap? Usually soap kills suds when you wash dishes. I wouldn't think it would froth up like soap flakes would. But what would I know.
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    • Quasar
    • By Quasar 20th Oct 06, 1:23 AM
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    • 20th Oct 06, 1:23 AM
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    • 20th Oct 06, 1:23 AM
    I have sunlight soap. Would this be neutral soap? Usually soap kills suds when you wash dishes. I wouldn't think it would froth up like soap flakes would. But what would I know.
    by AussieLass
    Oooppsss.. by neutral I mean no scent and no colouring. I've never grated soap for dishes, just for clothes, so I would not know.

    Once in an emergency (had run out of washing up liquid completely), I just did my modest, one person's washing up with very hot water and quite a bit of vinegar. Splendid results, but then it was only plates, cutlery, glass. No pans.
    Last edited by Quasar; 20-10-2006 at 1:27 AM.
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  • AussieLass
    This is a recipe for HM washing up liquid isn't it - not anything to do with clothes? :confused: Good tip about the vinegar. I ran out of dishwashing liquid the other week (hard to get to shops atm) and resorted to using some old bubble bath. Thought this would be good if it get's dishes clean as bought stuff for standby purposes. I have lux atm as I'm washing DGS nappies with it & have the other stuff.
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    • Quasar
    • By Quasar 20th Oct 06, 1:35 AM
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    Quasar
    This is a recipe for HM washing up liquid isn't it - not anything to do with clothes? :confused: Good tip about the vinegar. I ran out of dishwashing liquid the other week (hard to get to shops atm) and resorted to using some old bubble bath. Thought this would be good if it get's dishes clean as bought stuff for standby purposes. I have lux atm as I'm washing DGS nappies with it & have the other stuff.
    by AussieLass
    LOL yes it's for washing up liquid, but I briefly took it off topic, sorry.

    I find vinegar excellent to de-grease dishes and glassware of any kind. Or even a slice of lemon passed on dishes and then rinsing, will take off any greasy film and leave them fresh smelling.
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  • tawnyowls
    We get Lux Soap Flakes here which are in the washing powder aisle. I presume this is what they are?
    by AussieLass
    I saw some other soap flakes in Tesco's yesterday, next to the Ecover and similar products. Can't remember the name (began with S, I think), but it was very OS-looking - white box with pink & blue writing.
  • dniester007
    I might switch to "ecological" washing powder too. You can make this using borax, 2natural" soap, washing soda, sodium bicarb and essential oils.

    Tesco used to do "Granny's" soap flakes. Boots do soap flakes though.

    Have you noticed that Tesco do their own "ecover" products now? There is an ecover "laundry liquid"; not sure what's in it though!

    Thanks for the tips.
  • ceridwen
    Washing-up Liquid Substitute
    Just spent £1.74 on washing-up liquid again. Does anyone know of something cheaper (and environmentally-friendly)I can use instead. Reason its dear is its Ecover (to meet my "green" criteria). Have seen recipes for all sorts of other cleaning products and am all ready to start in with the lemon juice, vinegar, etc when current supplies run out - but don't know what to substitute for washing-up liquid.
    • lynzpower
    • By lynzpower 4th Jul 07, 6:56 PM
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    lynzpower
    You can use stardrops for washing up. You literally only need a drop too, so a 58p bottle can last for AGES.

    thanks for reminding me of this, Ill restart using it again, i certainly get much better results with it than the one Ive been buying.

    Ive bought the tesco natural WUL before, but It wasnt really that great - although their other eco stuff is pretty good IMHO. only very slightly cheaper than ecover tho.
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    • By hardpressed 4th Jul 07, 7:49 PM
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    hardpressed
    I mix ecover half and half with water, works for me, if something is extra greasy just give a bigger squirt.
    • thriftmonster
    • By thriftmonster 4th Jul 07, 7:54 PM
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    thriftmonster
    I use the Tesco Naturally one as I save about 60p a bottle over the ecover - and I quite like it.
  • black-saturn
    Yep I use Stardrops too and you only need a tiny bit.
    • EagerLearner
    • By EagerLearner 14th Nov 08, 10:51 AM
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    EagerLearner
    I think DriPak make soap flakes (I buy their soda crystals to cut with my washing powder for clothes).

    Will now look out for soap flakes to make my washing up liquid then - just need some tea tree or lime essential oil x
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  • clairemorgan
    How much would 8gms be? :confused: a couple of tablespoons, teaspoons etc. I've looked it up but can't seem to find the answers.
    Originally posted by AussieLass
    A teaspoon is 5 grams so 8 is just a little over.
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