• Pingback: Make Your Printer Ink Last Longer | Going Green For U!

  • Pingback: Craft Recycled: Upcycled Lamp from a Wire Waste Basket - Free Plans, Hacks, Howto's and other DIY stuff - Free Plans Online

  • Pingback: 25 Ways to Reduce Food Waste Page 2 | Care2 Healthy Living « Mel L

  • “Geena Green”


    have you ever cut open a toothpaste tube, a body lotion container, rinsed a shampoo bottle for washing your hair etc.?
    All those containers are trashed in billions, but still contain a couple more days of clean teath, soft skin, clean hair or dishes etc. On a global scale, imagine how much this would save, if just everybody did it!

    Even more, you should consider to ALWAYS dilute your liquid dishwashing soap with the same amount of water. That way you don’t waste the (usually over-concentrated) soap at all and for the whole container – by accidentially applying too big squirts! This happens so easily and on a daily basis by rushing, not paying attention, by the kids. The pre-diluted soap spreads much better on a (dry) sponge and you will notice how much longer the bottle will last and save in future.
    By the way – I banished all body shower and shampoo plastic bottles for good by using a vegetable oil based soap bar and a shampoo bar. This prooved much better for my skin, too, that used to be dry.

    • Becky Striepe

      Ooh I love those ideas! Pre-diluting your soap makes so much sense. We use way too much at a time.

  • cajungal328

    I started making homemade laundry detergent months ago, and it’s awesome to make this stuff and save money. Well, tonight I ran ouot of dish liquid, so I began researching how to make that too. I came across a few sites with this same recipe. So I tried it. I took one whole bar of ivory soap, ground it up in the food processor, added about 16 oz of water, 1/4 c. vinegar, 2 T. washing soda, and a few drops of lemon scented essentual oil, and I ran it thru the food processor until smooth. It was a bit thick, so I filled up 2 large dish liquid bottles halfway, and filled the bottles the rest of the way with water, and shook them until mixed. I washed my dishes, and wow!!! Works better than Dawn and Palmalive!! And doesn’t give up after the first sinkload either! Lasted through 2 1/2 sinkloads of dishes, which included nasty pots and pans… And cost apprx. $.35 to make 2 bottles….Glad I tried this…. it’s a keeper!

  • Carole Renee

    I find that when the dish soap is diluted, you use 2 to 3 times as much. So therefore you save NOTHING. One squirt of undiluted dish soap packs a bigger punch and you use less than if you dilute it.