Today, I am going to explain how you can make your own cheap* and ecological washing-up liquid.
- Sodium bicarbonate
- Marseille soap – As this product is quite expensive in Ireland I currently replace it by Sonett Curd Soap
- Lemon or Lavender oil
- Sweet Almond Oil (optional but nice for sensitive hands)
- Your old washing-up liquid bottle
- A bowl
- A funnel
- A weigh-scale
- A whisk
- A grater
1) Put one table spoon of sodium bicarbonate in the bowl
2) Grate 15 grams of Marseille soap – If you use the Sonett Curd Soap, I recommend that you grate less soap (approx. 10-12 grams)
4) Heat up 500 ml of water and gradually whisk it into the mixture.
6) Add 7 drops of lemon/lavender or tea tree oil. The main purpose of the oil is to flavour the mixture. Pick an oil that you like!
7) Whisk the mixture, cover it and leave it rest overnight.
Your mixture is now ready to use: pour it into your old washing-up liquid bottle! If it’s not liquid enough you can still add some warm water. Don’t forget to shake your washing-up before using it – to make sure that all the ingredients are mixed.
Your new washing-up liquid won’t produce lots of foam but your plates & glasses will be clean (frogs & fish will also be happier ;)).
Sodium Bicarbonate (approx. €4 for 400 grams but you can use it for so many things – see my natural mouthwash recipe here);
Sonett Curd Soap (approx. €0,70 for 100 grams);
Organic Lemon/lavender oil (approx. €6 for 10 ml);
Organic Sweet Almond Oil (approx. €13 for 100ml).
As you will use a very small quantity of each of these products to make your washing-up liquid it’s actually a very cheap recipe!