Author Jean Morrison
Make your own dish washing liquid
Most dish washing liquids contain detergents that are petroleum based. If you use them it means you are contributing to the depletion of this non-renewable resource which we are all so reliant upon. Some detergents contain chemicals such as formaldehyde which is carcinogenic. Some use dyes and the dyes can contain heavy metals such as lead and arsenic. They can cause acute problems such as eye and skin irritation, not to mention the long-term damage they may be doing to us that we won't see until many years down the track. The toxicity of dish washing liquids isn't just absorbed though the skin on our hands. It is deposited on the dishes and cutlery we wash in it.
Make your own healthy dish washing liquid and protect yourself from toxins. The mixture below may not necessarily be as bubbly as in the photograph. The water you use can greatly affect the bubbles. Even though you may have few bubbles the mixture will still be doing its work.
Make your own dish washing liquid:
Instructions & Method
1/4 cup soap flakes
2 cups hot water
1/4 cup glycerine
1/2 teaspoon lemon essential oil
Mix the soap flakes and the hot water together and stir until the soap flakes are dissolved. Cool until just luke warm. Add the glycerine and the essential oil.
As it cools down this mixture will gel. When it is cool break it up a little with a fork. Pour into a squirty bottle for ease of use. You could use an old shampoo bottle or an old dish washing liquid bottle. Use a large squirt and use hot water to wash the dishes in. It is quite "stringy" and gunky in appearance but works well.
Did you know:
Most common, commercial cleaners are a total over-kill when it comes to cleaning. Many contain VOC's - volatile organic compounds, such as formaldehyde and strong acids. Our indoor levels of VOC's are already too high due to modern manufacturing materials such as the glues and paints used in our homes. We now live in well insulated houses, many of which are air-conditioned. Windows often don't get opened and the VOC's are trapped in there. Try to air your home on a daily basis and decrease those culprit VOC's.
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