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 countertop detergent.
in a (recycled- just use any glass spray bottle from 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 countertop 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 on 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 from 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 number of heavy-duty detergents like bleach and others is great too-
Enjoy- the cooliflower.
I am not a medical/health/emotional/financial /nutrition or any other kind of expert as far as it concerns the contents of this blog, therefore anything written on the blog is not to be taken as any kind of advice, and should you choose to rely on anything I write on this blog- you are doing it at your own risk and at your own responsibility.