|Dishwashing Liquid Ingredients|
Did you know that a typical bottle of dishwashing liquid contains chemicals that can be harmful to people? Naphtha, phosphates, sodium nitrates, petroleum-based surfactants, diethanolamine, and chloro-ortho-phenylphenol are just a few. If you want to clean your dishes without risking your health, try these recipes for dishwashing liquid:
- liquid castile soap
- lemongrass essential oil
- lavender essential oil
- bergamot essential oil
- Fill a 22 ounce plastic squirt bottle (a recycled dishwashing liquid bottle works wonderfully) with soap and oils.
- Shake before each use to mix oils with soap.
- Use 1-2 tablespoons to wash dishes.
For very greasy dishes, add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the water.
For burnt on foods, soak, or use baking soda as a scrubber.
It is difficult to make a good dishwasher detergent at home, but luckily there are are a few green products on the market that are more friendly to the environment and to your health. Ecover happens to be my favorite brand because it works better than others.