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post #11 of 21

My DH likes to do dishes,and wants lots of suds.When they came out with the Dawn thats consentrated OMG. He would over do it and I tried to tell him you use less.Well that didnt work ,so I cut the bottle with water almost in half .He never knew the difference.

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post #12 of 21
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My DH likes to do dishes,and wants lots of suds.When they came out with the Dawn thats consentrated OMG. He would over do it and I tried to tell him you use less.Well that didnt work ,so I cut the bottle with water almost in half .He never knew the difference.


Your DH  LIKES  to do the dishes!!  ep   Lucky you!  lol

post #13 of 21

Lye soap made with lard or solid shortening or ivory bars work well.  I make homemade soap (lye) with olive oil, coconut oil, herbs, scents etc and my mother and her sister really didn't like my soap very well.  Everyone else raved over it.  Come to find out they only used it to wash dishes.  My grandmother and both her daughters used plain lye soap or ivory bars for years for dishes.  Suds are fair when water is hot.

post #14 of 21

Are you on city sewer service or a septic tank? That can make a huge difference! I don't use bleach or antibacterial anything if I can avoid it, because we have a septic system. .


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post #15 of 21

I was reading this thread Saturday and got distracted before I could post.  You can use Ivory bar soap for dishes and you can also grate it to make your own liquid soap.

I found a recipe if you are interested.


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post #16 of 21

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/7739456/octagon_soap_a_versatile_allpurpose.html

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might like the above article. I have Octagon and Zote soap. My mom has used the Zote for dishes and liked it. She said it was amazing how long a bar lasts.

I have Fels-Naptha for laundry detergent that I make and I think it has a very strong perfume. I would be hesitant to use it on dishes.

I would pick Octagon as my favorite to try out washing dishes as it is so mild-smelling. (But I have not tried it on dishes so cannot advise you.)


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post #17 of 21

I use liquid dish soap. I buy a very large jug of it at Sam's Club. It's about $7.50 and lasts me a very, very long time (maybe like 6 months or so, maybe longer). I'm sure Costo has it, too. It is just the Sam's Club brand and is supposed to be eco-friendly. They also carry a Sam's Club brand that is supposed to be like Dawn brand for $7.50.

post #18 of 21
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Well, I started using a bar of Ivory soap in the kitchen and I think it works well.  I can run the scrubby sponge over it and get enough soap to hand-wash items, and if I need suds for soaking something I just rub the bar with my hands under the running water.  I just don't want to buy any more liquid soap, my family uses it wastefully even when I water it down.  And they always leave the dispenser empty until I take the time & trouble to refill it.  I'm afraid it would take a total brain transplant to get them to change their wasteful habits with liquid soap.  It will be easier & cheaper to simply replace the dispenser with a bar of soap. 

I also found some bars of Rokeach Kitchen Soap http://shop.mywebgrocer.com/shop.aspx?&sid=48897886&sid_guid=5a0ceea8-0d70-4f4c-ba50-783a99484795&strid=0254683&shopurl=ProductDetail.aspx&pid=129458&clk_src=seopd&ns=1 I must have bought years ago and stashed in a far corner of a cupboard.  I will use them next.  I will have to keep a lookout for where in my town this soap is currently sold, as well as the Octagon Soap.  I have used that in the past to pre-treat stains on the laundry, and would like to try it for the dishes.

Thank you all for your helpful suggestions!

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Originally Posted by ChickensAreSweet 

I would pick Octagon...


THANK YOU for reminding me about this brand of soap!  I have used it in the past for pre-treating laundry stains, but haven't seen it or used it in quite a while.  I did find some at an IGA Supermarket and am using it now. 

After reading the blog you linked, and some similar info on other blogs, I learned that Octagon has other applications including treating poison ivy and bug bites.  Right now we are being plagued with deer flies, who leave the most oppressively itchy bites.  Nothing seems to help relieve that torturous itch, you keep scratching for a week and claw your skin off in the process. 

Today I got a few new deer fly bites and took my bar of Octagon soap, wet one end and rubbed it on the bites.  After it dried there was no more itchiness from these bites!  wee

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post #20 of 21

Oragel works really well for controlling itch of bug bites etc...

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