Introduction: Dawn of the Dawn

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Dishsoaps, all the same right? Not really... this experiment is to see which dishwashing soaps clean better.

In this experiment I will be using 2 diffrent soaps, homemade, and dawn. do they both do the same? can they both degrease and clean? this experiment will prove whether or not you can save money by not buying dishsoap!

The home made consists of

and euclyptus oil

My hypothesis: The homemade soap will work just the same as the branded soap.

The homemade dishwashing liquid is eco friendly and is made of baking soda, water, and a few drops of euclyiptus

Step 1:

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I am using 3main greases/stickystuff

1. BBQ sauce (very greasy and sticky)
2. blueberry stains on a plate (Stains)
3. steak sauce (Goopy and sticky)

For the first part, I am going to put BBQ sauce on a plate, lightly rinse it with water, pour the liquid soap over it, and see which one in 5 minutes has degreased the better.

During: I saw the Homemade soap was actually almost eating away at the BBQ sauce in little bubbles, while the Dawn soap actually looked like it was doing nothing....

Results: The dawn made the plate smell better, but the Homemade soap actually did a better job at cleaning it. Then when I rinsed it for the secong experiment, it seemed like the dish with the home made soap seemed to just slide off, where as the dawn soap needed a mild rinse.

Step 2:

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I am putting blueberrys squished into the second plate. Then I am pouring the same amount of soap over each.

During, again the homemade seem to pry the squished blueberries off the plate. Whereas the dawn was just sitting there.

Results: The dawn seemed to clean the Blueberry plate faster, but it left more soap residue than the homemade.. Leaving you to wash the dish twice before its actually clean from soap. I think they tied in this round but, if you waste

Step 3:

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Round 3. I am using the same exact experiment but with steak sauce.

Before: I spread the steak sauce on each plate equally, then poured the soap on top of them.

During, When I poured the homemade dishsoap on the steak sauce, it made a fizzing sound and bubbles, whereas the dawn made no noise at all. The dawn seemed to actually glue the steak sauce to the plate, where the homemade lifted it off the plate and made it float.

Results: The Homemade soap made the steak sauce slide off the plate easier, but left a small smell. Whereas the Dawn had to be rinsed twice to get the sauce off and an additional time to get the rest of the soap off

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On round one, the Homemade won because it made the BBQ sauce slide off the plate, instead of having to scrub it before it came off.

On round 2, they tied. they both had variables, such as, the dawn made the blueberries slide off the plate easier but it left soap residue after the first wash.

On round 3. the dawn made the steak sauce plate smell better but it left soap residue and had to be washed 2 times, and the sauce didnt come off as easily. whereas the homemade made the sauce slide off the plate, but left a small odor.

The Winner! I declare that they both have variablles but the winner is.......... HOMEMADE DISH SOAP!!!!!!!!!! You dont have to wash the dish twice, and if you add a few more drops of euclyptus it will possibley make the small smell go away! Thanks!


meismeems (author)2015-08-07

How about oil or grease? Butter? Dawn normally cuts grease much better than anything I've used that's homemade.

Fun experiment!

horseygal2014 (author)2014-03-19

U can use any essential oil

horseygal2014 (author)2014-03-19

I am using it as a scent

mnmama (author)2014-03-19

I'm allergic to eucalyptus leaves, found out when I hung a decorative wreath in my home. Are you using the essential oil to add scent to the soap, or do you need it as an active ingredient? I wonder if lemon oil would work instead?

I love using baking soda as a scouring cleanser for counter tops, plastic coolers, cutting boards, etc., so this would be a natural choice if I could work it with something other than eucalyptus oil.

horseygal2014 (author)2014-03-19

Thank you!!

Tex Arcana (author)2014-03-09

You should run the ultimate test: using lithium bearing grease from the auto parts store. ;-)

Oh god yes.

horseygal2014 (author)2014-03-08

2 cups of water, three tablespoons of baking soda, and 10-15 drops of eucliptus.

isaacn92 (author)2014-03-08

How much of each ingredient did you use to make your homemade soap?

CommanderCookie (author)2014-03-07


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