Monday, 9 January 2012

We have FAILED... making the dishwashing liquid. What? You thought I was going to say something else? Come on, don't write us off that quickly!

 Ok, well maybe I am exaggerating, it wasn't a total failure, we made, it works a treat, however, we will definitely change a few steps along the way.

Home-made Dishwashing Liquid

1/2 cup of water
1 cup of grated soap

Add soap to boiling water and combine until smooth (NOTE: "Combine until smooth" could have been better described in the recipe as "dissolve thoroughly!") . We probably should have had the water a lot more 'boily', but it's hard to boil a cup of water without it disappearing!

 Add 1 cup of washing soda

1 child enjoying afternoon tea

1 cup of vinegar

We added some lavender from our garden

Reuse a container and your done!

The verdict - It is ok. It cleans well, easy to make and makes about 500mls. The issues however lies in the recipe, and perhaps in our technique:

  • The recipe states you combine water and soap until smooth where it should really say until dissolved completely, although if our water was boiling a bit more ferociously it may have combined better.
  • It says you can use washing soda crystals, however the powdered version (and probably powdered soap) would be much better! 
I think if we change these two things the end result won't be some lumpy curdled looking off milk, and wont wont be virtually impossible to squirt it out of the reused container! So all in all, it works, it just needs tweaking.

 To be continued on this project......


  1. love it as long as it helps your hands, and did you give lila a lemon again LOL. MY next project is to try that, have run out of washing powder the brand kind and have my ingredients to make the new one so here goes.

  2. Good luck with it kiwi kid!

    Lila is enjoying an orange :)