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.
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.
#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.