Well- almost everything.

I am talking about the basic -sits in every house -dish soap.

I will address the ecological point of view in a moment- because it is the one and only possible downside in this win-win-win situation, and I have an unconventional way of looking at it- so if you are an avid “ONLY DR BRONER FOR ME-NO MATTER THE COSTS!” kind of person- I am truly envious- but I am not, because I try to be reasonable in my expenses and sadly this brand-and other great ecological brands- cost 8 times more than the regular dish soap.

But-

First things first.

What can you do with dish soap?first-wear kitchen gloves to protect your soft and delicate hands. or just your hands. then:

#1. Oh come on- wash your dishes?

#2. make a great counter top detergent.

in a (recycled- just use any glass spray bottle from a previous soy -rice vinegar- whatever , wash and attach the spray nozzle of a previous cleaning spray. just remember to clean the nozzle too-including spraying water out of it several times before reusing it for the countertops. )

Now fill half the bottle with vinegar -and half with water. regular tap water. oh and I mean regular cheap store bought vinegar. not italian pricey cooking vinegar. I mean the one that costs around 1$ for a liter. add a few drops of dish soap-shake well- and spray only after you checked your counter top agrees with this mixture (meaning spray a little hidden spot first-if the surface melts in front of you- it’s probably not a good sign).

#3. window cleaner.

same spray. use newspaper you were going to recycle. works great. just as great as those expensive microfiber towels.

*Sorry microfiber towels manufacturers. I consider this product to be in my list of “least necessary things to buy if you are trying to save $$$”.

Sure -they are great and soft and really do a great job cleaning- but so does my son’s old school t-shirt , too small for him -so ripped to stripes and kept in a basket for cleaning stuff like the fridge door and such. the only difference is that my son’s old T-shirt is considered re-using existing stuff- whereas buying new towels is just, well, not.

#4. floor cleaner.

in your water bucket, drizzle a few drops of dish soap and a little vinegar, add water to fill said bucket-and go for it- provided, again, that your floor doesn’t resent this concoction.

$5. toilet cleaner.

this is a great one. trust me.

If you hate the thought of those harsh chemicals in the toilet detergent, plus the fact that you always need to squirt half a bottle to clean 1 toilet. than hear me on this one-

A few tiny drops of dish soap in your toilet , followed by a good scrub with the toilet brush, will get you a squeaky clean toilet+nice smell+ at ridiculous costs!

I fill the bottom of the toilet brush holder (I have a standing one- not a hanging one) with a few spoon worths of dish soap and this way the toilet brush is in a constant “on guard!” state of mind.

#6. while you’re there- tile cleaner:

Sometimes there is dust and dirt and what not-and you feel like cleaning your bathroom tiles. bucket with warm water and a tiny few drops of dish soap will do a great job.

#7. Speaking of which- wall cleaner!

Someone left strange marks on your walls while stretching and leaning with their shoes- who knows why-on your wall? don’t ever let them in again.

Oh and clean your walls with a bucket of water with a few drops of dish soap.

#8. Dish soap apparently is a great ant deterrent!

here is a link to my previous revelation concerning this.

The cheapest, greenest, most effective ant deterrent ever!

#9. try rubbing non expensive garments that got strange stains on them with water and a drop of dish soap.

this isn’t meant for expensive silk blouses and such. just your everyday t-shirt and workout clothes.

#10.I don’t have a #10, just thought it would look nice to have 10 tips instead of 9 ones, but 53 is a great age to embrace imperfection. or to acknowledge that 9 is perfect too.

Now about the ecological point of view- dish soap isn’t chemical free, but if you can find the colorless odorless type, then you prevent some of the possible damage, and if you learn to use only a few drops instead of the usual gallons of cleaning detergents that are used for all the above mentioned chores- well- that’s green too!

Of course- if you can afford to buy ecological dish soap -that is far better- but that’s not always the situation. but I believe minimizing the amount of heavy duty detergents like bleach and others is great too-

Enjoy- the cooliflower.

Published by wiseassvegan

an organized full time working vegan -with plenty of ideas on getting everything done in the most simple and efficient way possible.

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  1. Great post ! I use vinegar and water too, as did my mom.

    I thought I would invest in ecological dish soap. I read that it was better for the environment.
    Alas, the bottle (Sonnet) came from Japan, and at that cost, I’ll just use regular dish soap. 🌷🌼

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