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Happy Monday! Why not start the week off on a clean note? See what I did there? I’m sharing with you today how to make your own DIY natural dish soap at home, as well as how I’ve learned to clean practically anything! Adjusting to post-grad life is hard you guys. When I was at school I lived with three other people, so it was easy to blame the mess on others and easier to get things done when there’s four of you! Now if there’s dishes piling up there’s no one to blame but myself… (Or the dog, ha!)
It’s actually really influenced me to get my act together and tidy up whenever possible. Even if it’s folding a blanket up or washing a dish or two, it really makes a difference in the overall look and feel of your space! I don’t know about you but, the cleaner my home is the more organized and put-together my life feels.
This DIY natural dish soap recipe is extremely easy to make and much more cost-effective then store-bought. I also like to believe it smells better too!
Keep reading to find out how to make this dish soap at home, my cleaning tips and a special offer with Scotch-Brite®!
- 2 Tablespoons Borax
- 2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
- 1¼ Cups Water
- 15 Drops of Tea Tree Oil
- 2 Lemons, squeezed
- 1 Lime, squeezed
- Start by bringing the water to a boil.
- Once boiling, turn off the heat and add your borax and baking soda, stirring until it dissolves.
- Let the mixture cool for 3-5 minutes, just until warm, but no longer hot.
- Add the lemon and lime juice and the tea tree oil to the water mixture. Vigorously whisk the ingredients together.
- Use a funnel to pour the dish soap into a soap dispenser. The soap may separate after sitting for 24 hours. If this happens, vigorously shake the soap bottle until the ingredients are combined.
You also have to make sure that you’re buying the right tools to use your new dish soap with, am I right?! I’m a firm believer in all of Scotch-Brite™ Brand’s products. They have made it their sole mission to provide consumers with the right tool for every surface, which I love! I picked up their Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge, Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge, and the Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Soap Dispensing Dishwand. They each have a specific use that makes them great to have on hand.
First off, all of their green products are heavy duty and the blue are non-scratch. I did my research on this before even heading to the store because I just bought a fancy new pots and pan set and was not about to mess them up!
The Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge removes tough, baked-on messes 50% faster. It’s great for pots and pans, oven racks, grill racks, sinks, and even tools and tires. Next, the Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge is a favorite because its proven safe for non-stick cookware. It softly but powerfully cleans non-stick cookware, counter tops, cook tops, tubs, shower tile and even windows.
I also use the Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Soap Dispensing Dishwand for cleaning dishes. I like that you can control how much soap you use instead of accidentally dumping the entire bottle on your dirty dish!
Lastly, I want to share with you some simple tips and tricks on how I’ve learned to clean practically anything! I am by no means a professional, these are just things I’ve picked up from my momma, living through college, as well as transitioning to wanting to live a more clean, organized, natural life on my own now.
There’s a better way to clean your oven.
A paste of baking soda and water cleans ovens without the chemicals or the hassle of the self cleaning cycle. Just make a paste with a 50/50 mixture, then put a layer on the bottom of the oven, leave for a few hours and wipe off with Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge for a shiny, chemical free oven.
If something smells it’s probably your trashcan or garbage disposal.
Sometimes it’s inevitable to leave a stench behind in the kitchen, especially for those of us who love to cook with things like garlic, etc. Combatting this is actually quite simple. For your garbage disposal, simply put half a lemon in the disposal and run through with water for about 10 seconds. I do this about once a week. If your trashcan is smelly pour 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of distilled white vinegar into the bottom and let sit for 10 minutes. Next, use the Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge to wash it out.
Tidy up before bed and do a checklist once a week.
This is how I keep up on my cleaning around the house! Every night before bed I spend 10 minutes tidying up. This allows for such a clear mind in the morning when you wake up. I also have a checklist on my fridge for the end of every week to make sure I’ve attended to the bigger tasks!
I hope these little tips helped! I picked up all of these ingredients and tools while I was at my local Target. I’m excited to share that you can save now on Scotch-Brite® Scrub Sponges at Target with this Cartwheel offer! You can find out what other bloggers have done with their sponges here.