Unfortunately, we have been brainwashed by clever marketing to believe that we can’t clean properly without big, fluffy, sudsy bubbles. You need to know that this is not the case at all.

Bubbles are almost always created by the addition of surfactants (substances which reduce the surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved such as SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate) and SLES (sodium laureth sulphate).  According to davidsuzuki.org, depending on manufacturing processes, sodium laureth sulfate may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide (known human carcinogen) and 1,4-dioxane (possible human carcinogen).

So, rid your mind of all preconceived notions that bubbles are the only way to achieve clean dishes. This dishwashing liquid is good if you’re the squirt-it-on-a-sponge kind of dishwasher; it cuts through grime and doesn’t leave behind any residue. Initially, it does feel odd I must admit, not having a sink full of the foaming white stuff.

But trust me, you’ll get over it. We did!! 

 

 

Makes: 250 ml | 8.5 fl oz Prep time: < 5 min.

 

INGREDIENTS  

1 cup | 250 ml | 8.5 fl oz liquid castile soap

20 drops of essential oils

 

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are lemon, lime and grapefruit, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

 

METHOD
  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix until combined.
  2. Transfer into container of choice.

 

TO USE

Add a good squirt of liquid onto a sponge and wash dishes as usual.

 

RECIPE NOTES
  • You might find it easier to add ingredients directly into your container.
  • I strongly suggest you check out the blog posts under “Recommended Reading“.

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