Wednesday, October 5, 2011

do it yourself foam dish soap. exciting.

i mean, some posts are more useful than anything else, right? so let us take a break from looking at my children and talk about some good things for your kitchen.

ok, so first of all, probs all of you have those foamy dish soap dispensers you bought full of soap at the store. i love foam dish soap because it lasts way longer. and when you have kids(a.k.a soap wasters), you fully appreciate this invention. along with those little kid-leashes. what? no, i don't have one but now that i have lila...i'm like, yes, that's pretty amazing.

so did you know that you can make your own foamy soap to put back in those little dispensers? and it's so much cheaper. plus you can pick what you put in there. i choose a more natural route. jump on the hippie train. just follow the noise of the tambourine and the smell of incense.

so just use one third soap and two thirds water. 1/3 and 2/3. easy breezy...beautiful... coverrrrgirl. ok, i don't know why i said that but i just kept going.

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then add the rest of it with water.
but when you add water in there, leave a little space at the top because you have to shake it all together.
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yes, my sink is really dirty. deal with it. it's needs some foam soap, huh?

so i did the math on this. but don't trust me because i had to take college algebra THRICE. who knew that you had to show up to a class to get a good grade. anyway, i use 2 ounces of soap each time to make this. there are 42 ounces in this bag that cost me $4.18.

so it costs me 19 cents for each foam bottle of soap i make. and that thing will last me all month. because i never wash my hands. just kidding. foam just lasts a long time.

um, 'tis all you need to know. go and do this.

wait! there's more!
the other thing i do to save cash money is i don't buy dishwasher rinse aid. white vinegar works great! and it's cheap and natural. like i'm not even going to do the math here because it's obvi that you're saving cash money.

and lastly, anytime i use lemon juice in a recipe, i throw the leftover skin in the dishwasher and it smells so so so good when they are clean.

ok, that's it. do you guys have other tips for the dishwasher that you love?

sharing is caring, players.


ok and i'll post the winner of the dolls next post! "winner of the dolls". it sounds like a bestselling book though.

30 comments:

  1. that shakin' picture reminds me of "shakin' weights".

    and my kitchen sink tip? we cut our sponges into 1/4ths, so that they last longer. rather than using a full sponge, we only use 1/4th. make sense?

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  2. So, this isn't really a kitchen sink tip, but more just my thrifty/green tips for the kitchen: instead of using paper towels and napkins, get a bunch of generic rags (I got our from Bed Bath and Beyond for like $3 for 5 or 6) and use them instead. Not only do they soak up much more stuff than the paper stuff, but in the long run they are so so so much cheaper and better for the environment. You can just throw them in any load of laundry you normally do. And don't worry about stains, they're just napkins. And my other favorite trick is to use a 1/2 vinegar 1/2 water solution to clean just about everything. No chemicals so it's perfectly safe for kids and pets, and it disinfects without all the yucky stuff. It kinda smells at first, but after a minute or two you can't smell it anymore.

    Thanks for the tips!

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  3. my favorite parts of this post: the hippie train explanation, and the red target clearance stickers on that method beauty. that makes me happy. now if you could only make the white vinegar have a non-gag-inducing smell, i'd be your bff.

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  4. when your dishwasher stops getting everything really clean, just put a packet of lemon kool-aid in the dispenser and run it (without dishes) on a short cycle. the citric acid cleans the dishwasher and makes it work well again.

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  5. obvi totes tru
    bahahahaha
    So we made our own dish washing detergent and it sucked. The lime levels or whatever you call it are sky high around these parts so I have chosen to be chemically incorrect and use Finish.
    If you can convince me otherwise, I will change.
    I do use vinegar and water to mop so I am like 1/6 hippie.
    Oh, something I will share with you is making our own yogurt. What? Yes.

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  6. this is fantastic. we love savin' cash money!
    also, please know you're pretty much the most hilarious blogger I've ever read. anyone that can get me to laugh while sharing a soap recipe=mostfanfreakinsoaptasticimpressive.

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  7. You're just so Helpful. Thanks for the tips!

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  8. Where'd you get your foam pump bottle?

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  9. awesome tips! you're a smarty! ill have to do this.

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  10. emily, i know...trust me, there were lots of shaking pictures that i was like...um, that looks innaprope. LOL

    nancy, i bought that bottle with soap in it at the store. it's babyganics brand and the pump bottle is great! but i think lots of companies sell the bottles w/ no soap. google!

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  11. I mean for real. You just make me happy Jami Nato. And I'm so going to do this. Maybe even tomorrow.

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  12. I don't have kids. I'm not married. I don't have my own house. But golly-gee. I save things like this to use from your blog! So clever. And no, it's not weird that I do that, in case you're wonderiing

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  13. Love the soap refill! Thanks fr the tips, I know you have more where that came from!! :)

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  14. Ha! I have had the worst day ever and I opened your blog needing a laugh. As usual, you never let me down. You even find a way to make a post about soap hilarious. You are toats awesome! :)
    Oh and I will totally be using that foaming soap trick. I love the foaming soap too!

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  15. Do you still use the homemade dishwasher detergent you posted a while back? I want to try it but still a little nervous!

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  16. This is awesome and I'm totes going to target during my lunch break to copy you. :)

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  17. We're bar soap people, but I'm totally using that lemon tip.

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  18. Now that was smart!! I don't know how many times I have done something like this accidently but I never thought of using it as foam soap!

    Thanks for sharing :)

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  19. Awesome tips! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. I put lemon juice in with my vinegar solution just before using it and it cuts the gross smell factor way down. Also I clean my porcelain tub with baking soda and salt (1/2 n 1/2 mixture) - just scrub a dub with a dishrag then rinse - use a little vinegar and water solution to rinse again and VOILA! (also works on stainless steel - that's what we have in my classroom)

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  21. i knew it! I just knew there was a reason that I saved those foam dispensers. I thought...bathtub toy? But now, it is clear. Thanks blogger friend! :)

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  22. I wanted to let you know that I was making the same dishwasher detergent you do (super simple and amazing, right?), but was frustrated by the residue. This wasn't enough for me to change, but I started to think about how residue left on the dishes eventually meant residue traveling into my digestive track. Anyway, I just tried a new one that I LOVE. I don't think it is quite as cheap, but depending on where you get your supplies, you'd spend no more than $1/month, even if you do dishes every day like I do. It's just as simple, much safer, and I have yet to notice any residue!

    1/4 c. liquid castile soap (i.e. saponified vegetable oil), 1/4 c. distilled white vinegar, 1/4 c. water, 1 TBS. lemon juice. Use 1 Tbs. per load.

    If you opt not to keep using this recipe but have bought castile soap, no worries. Castile soap can be used to clean about a million other things.

    When you're ready for your next hippie step, I suggest washing your hair with baking soda. Sounds crazy, but it is cheap and amazing. Changed my life!

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  23. ya, stephanie...i agree. i used that for detergent for a while and it ended up leaving a residue. we do have hard water though so i wasn't sure if it was the mix or the water. probs the mix! ok, so i'll have to try your other concoction!

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  24. yayyyy soo glad i found you!! i just looked through your blog and i love it~!! new follower here!! and oh yes, im the one that lives in KC, we should def meet up!!! :)

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  25. I use your dishwasher recipe and love it. no residue.

    AND then I use it to clean out my sink. Just a thought.

    Now can we talk about laundry detergent? I'm hopping on your "no fabric softener" hippie train. Do you DIY detergent? will you blog your recipe? pro favor?

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  26. foam soap would have been perfect when my dudes were little. i do think i should still make some cause you know i'm cheap. anything to save a buck.

    and for those of you waiting for jami to announce the winner of the dolls...
    patience is waiting with a smile.

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  27. Im SOOOOOOOOOOO glad Stephanie mentioned that about teh residue because I made it last weekend using the recipe you'd posted ages ago, and got terrible residue also during the first use. We have hard water too so, like you, I wasnt sure what was causing it. Then when I linked to your recipe a bunch of my readers wanted to know if itd worked well and I havent had time to post a response yet. Glad theres an alternative to try! Im all about cheap and easy too(as long as we're referring to cleaning agents and not people...just to clear that up!)
    xo

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  28. How am I just now finding your blog??
    Okay.. kids are in bed...I'm reading through posts... come to the one about where you fell in trader joes...OH MY WORD... belly laughing over here :) that NEVER happens when I'm reading blogs...you should get an award :) HIGH LARIOUS!
    Your newest follower:)

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  29. I find it amusing that the way the method bottle is blocked in the second picture makes it look like a whole different kind of recipe...
    My dishwasher repair guy told me years ago to use white vinegar and never jet dry. Jet dry type products ruin dishwashers. Did you even know you were so savvy?

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