I'm looking for an unscented dishwashing liquid soap. We are dishwasherless in our new homestead (mixed emotions about that) and I find that most everything, no matter how well rinsed, still ends up imparting a soapy flavor to the contents. There are many on the market, so I'd love to hear about your experiences. Cheap and non-toxic are important. We also have an old school septic system, so anti-bacterial is off the list. Has anyone tried making it? Thanks for your input.
Both come in 25oz bottles. Dishmate is cheaper per bottle but isn't as concentrated so you need to use more per load of dishes. Our Island water has varying degrees of hardness so I'm not sure where the "$ per load of dishes" falls between the 2.
I've been using using homemade bar soap and a wash cloth. The washcloth lasts a long time. I make the soap from used fryer oil and it has no smell. Also use it for bathing and shaving. If I need to soak something, I use washing soda, which can discolor aluminum. You could try unscented laundry detergent.
Just a quick note on borax - permies no longer recommends using borax on a regular basis, especially where it will come into contact with the skin or where children might have access to it. Also it's not recommended for use in grey-water systems as it will build up in the soil to a level where it will be toxic to plants.
It's a bit like iron - in small doses it's good for you, in large doses it becomes toxic.
Actually, I am currently in the process of moving.
I've discovered that the entire home's grey water drains directly into a pond.
I've got to find a supply of cleaning solutions myself, that are natural and good for the environment!
Question about the point raised on borax. If used in the laundry detergent containing borax we use on a regular basis, should we be concerned about our effect on a municipal water supply? I guess it would be minimal considering all the other things people in our city are pouring down their drains, but just curious. We started using diy laundry detergent (helped to wipe out our 4 yr. old's eczema) and I would like to make dish soap too, but don't want to have a negative effect on our water. On a borax side note, I also like to use it to combat carpenter ants. Any thoughts/ cautions? I realize I'll probably be directed to a slew of other threads! Thanks.
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We use the 'Seventh Generation 'free and clear' mentioned above and also just plain water some of the time...we eat mostly a vegetarian diet that doesn't always require soap or even hot water to clean the dishes if we wash right after eating. For meat, though. I like hot water and seventh gen. We order it from our coop and a big six dollar bottle lasts months....even including making an occasional gallon of bubbles for the grandkids. The kitchen sink drain is the only drain in our house directed at one of our garden areas.
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