Some days I start to wonder if I'm the only stay at home mom who isn't making her own laundry detergent. When I first read about the idea, it triggered the "you can do that?!" portion of my brain just long enough for me to track down and read the instructions, then I gave up on the idea. Even with as much laundry as I do, buying a big jug of detergent at Costco every few weeks isn't a big deal.
So when I saw that you could make your own foaming dish soap refills, I didn't pay much attention to the idea. I do a ton of dishes (think three meals a day for six people and no dishwasher) and I'm picky about my dish soap. The foaming stuff lets me wash more dishes with less soap, and it rinses better so I'm using less water.
But I go through it fast. Everyone in the house uses it for washing hands, even when there's actual hand soap in a pump right beside it. The grocery store doesn't always have it in stock. (They run out of the strangest stuff -- some days I think they're deliberately messing with me!) and some days I'm desperate and wind up settling for a bottle of the cheap stuff just so I can do the dishes until my next trip to the store.
That's how I wound up trying the DIY approach. I had an empty pump and was down to almost the last of the good stuff ,so I figured I had nothing to lose. I poured about an inch of cheap dollar store dish soap into the empty pump, then gently filled it the rest of the way to the line with water. I swished it a bit to mix, then pumped.
It works! It's not as good as the brand name stuff (maybe I'd get better results if I wasn't using bargain detergent to make it with), but it's still nicer to use than the plain dish soap. And I've got a secret plan -- the good stuff goes under the sink for actual dish-doing, and the fake foaming soap goes on the counter for everything and everyone else.
Do you make your own laundry detergent or foaming dish soap? Bake from scratch? What's just too crazy for you to try making yourself?
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