Washing dishes without detergent

Washing dishes without detergent

Detergents are full of synthetic surfactants which are not good for you, me or the environment!  Instead, we need to use simple soap solutions & in this article we will show you a few ideas to inspire the switch.

 

Castile Dish Liquid

You can use Castile Soap directly as is or you can play around with diluting and thickening it for a gel like consistency.  Check out this 2-in-1 Dish Liquid and Hand Wash recipe, where we show you how to do it.

 

Dish Powder

You don't have to stick with a liquid solution only, you can also use a powder option.  We have a DIY Dishwasher powder solution that can also be used in the sink for handwashing. Simply sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons in the sink, but note this won’t have any lather unless you add some soap!

This is also more stronger than the Dish Liquid because of the alkaline ingredients, so you may wish to use gloves as it can be it a bit harsher on hands.

 

 

Just Use Soap

There are many ways you can use soap & there are no rules as to what soap you can use. It truly is a personal preference, however we suggest you check the ingredients & use 100% real soap & not detergent bars (Whats the difference?) 

You may like our  Coconut Soap Flakes which you sprinkle into the sink or upon the pots & pans. You could try a soap cage (pictured) which holds a soap bar so you can easily shake it in a sink of water to create lather & suds. You could also use your hand or lather a sponge directly. 

 

 

Use plastic free tools

Adding to landfill, little micro plastic particle going into our waterways & our food - yuk! There is a huge range of plastic free, eco-friendly, sustainable & biodegradable dish clothes & sponges on the market that you can use to wash your dishes. You can check out our range here.

Cellulose, coconut fibres, sisal fibres - just to name a few - are alternatives to plastic & they also have great anti-bacterial qualities which is a bonus in the kitchen.

 

Some tips

  • These DIY solutions are lower in suds than commercial options as there are no artificial foaming agents. This does not mean it is not cleaning but understandably it can take time to get used to.
  • Using hot water with the soap generates more lather - try using the hottest water setting first to get your soap sudsy & then add the cold to bring it to a temperature you can handle
  • Using hot water with the soap generates more lather - try using the hottest water setting first to get your soap sudsy & then add the cold to bring it a temperature you can handle
  • If you are in an area with hard water, soap is not as effective & the Dish Powder is a perfect solution as it contains other ingredients that soften water as well as cleans.

 

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