Celia Revel wrote:I'm not sure how much ph is changed in the soil with the cleansers we use, but I do know which ones are on the more alkalai side. Soap is the killer: ph at 10 or higher. Baking soda ph 8. I think borax is about the same or higher. Mild detergent is around ph 7. So, while the soap is going to kill more germs from its sheer high alkalai, detergent isn't going to do as much for anti bacterial, unless it has a chemical in it that is anti-bacterial. Soap by its very nature is antibacterial, and doesn't need a chemical additive. I don't like chemicals, so I buy pure, mild detergent. As for sanitizing, you could do it the old fashioned way by boiling the silverware or plunging in boiling rinse water, or maybe add vinegar to the rinse water bath.
Miki Odendahl wrote:
And, as with any natural products like these, whether you use water, borax, vitamin e, whatnot; refrigerating and/or freezing them in small containers (I use 2 oz jars for most) will delay rancidity. All of my saleable products say "refrigerate when not in use" on the labels for just this reason.