Last week I made shampoo using the leaves and roots from a yucca plant. Although it had low suds and a runny solution it cleaned the dishes well enough. I was on a quest! Finding something that would give me a thicker solution without using a lot of harsh ingredients would be a task.
I wanted to learn a little more about some of the ingredients used in homemade recipes. I use vinegar all the time to clean and liked the idea of using it in my soap, but after going to the Dr. Bronner's website, I discovered they do not recommend it. Here is the article: http://lisa.drbronner.com/?p=292 The comment section has a lot of useful information. I considered buying Dr. Bronner's soap and went to the store . . . . . a whopping $17.00 a bottle!
Homemade soaps make great gifts, but have you ever made a gift that you felt needed a little extra touch? I made this dish soap and decided it needed something extra so I embellished the bottle. Follow through and I will show you how I made the dish soap and bottle embellishment.
Step 1: Supplies For Liquid Dish Washing Soap
1 Tablespoon Glycerin
2 Tablespoons shredded Dr Bronner's unscented bar soap ( I recommend adding more if you have hard water.)
2 Tablespoons Washing Soda ( Add more for hard water)
1 - 1 1/2 Tablespoons Citric Acid
Plastic spoon or whisk
Measuring spoons and cups
Skewer, or straw
Plastic or glass container with lid. The hour glass shape and a pump would work nice for this.
Plain sticker for marking the label recipe optional
Citric acid: http://benefitof.net/benefits-of-citric-acid/
Washing soda used for softening the water and for lifting the dirt, but it is not a green product. I will try baking soda the next time, I did not have any onhand: http://community.babycenter.com/post/a27556305/de-myth_baking_soda_washing_soda_borax_detergent_nerd_alert
Distilled water: Because I have very hard water and did not want chlorine in my soap mixture: