How to Wash Dishes with Castile Soap and Baking Soda

Even the lowest-chemical dish soap we can find makes me sick.  Thanks to my friend Ruth M., I gave Castile another chance!

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The grease is hard to cut with Castile.  Ideas that have helped me:

  1. When clearing dishes, don’t put non-greasy dishes in/near greasy ones. (I.E.—don’t put a cereal bowl in last night’s greasy casserole dish that is soaking.)
  2. Wipe greasy dishes with a paper towel before even putting in/near the sink.
  3. Do NOT fill a sink with water and squirt Castile in. The large amount of water basically makes Castile ineffective on dishes unless you use a very large amount.
  4. Instead, squirt a good amount of Castile into a wet dishcloth.
  5. Then, start with glasses, pots used for non-greasy cooking, and other non-greasy dishes. Use your soapy dishcloth to wash a glass, then rinse the glass but do not rinse the dishcloth.  003
  6. Next, do less-greasy plates and dishes. But with these, you can start by using baking soda only.  Sprinkle on dish, wipe with a SEPARATE damp dishcloth (not the Castile-soapy one) or your hand or a paper towel, rinse.  (To conserve water some, rinse over other dishes that might benefit from extra rinsing.)  Then wash with the Castile soap dishcloth and rinse of course.
  7. If you begin to run out of bubbles in the dishcloth, add a little more Castile to the cloth.
  8. If you begin to have trouble with grease, your dishcloth is probably greasy. Get a fresh one.
  9. Lastly, tackle the greasiest pans. Start by scrubbing with baking soda. Then use the Castile.   You might still have trouble, but I have seen baking soda work some pretty good wonders.  🙂

Tired of reading the word greasy?  LOL  I am!

Using these ideas, I have been able to do a good many dishes with only a few squirts of Castile.

Castile is $57 a gallon, so yeah, conserving is good!  However, I don’t resent the price.  It’s Fair Trade, and human beings should be paid what their labor is worth.

 

Black Hills Picture Books     Edgemont, SD  57735

About Christa Upton

I am a wife and mother of three children ages 11, 14, and 18. I used to be a stay-at-home mom (teaching piano & dance, volunteering, etc). From 2007 to 2010, I suffered accidental Toxic Injury (also called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or MCS). MCS has had major impact on our family, but the forced time in bed has given me time to write. So far, I have published 4 children's books (2 in e-book format on Kindle, one in Print-on-Demand at CreateSpace, and one printed by a local printer). Sometimes I miss my old life, but I love writing for children!
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3 Responses to How to Wash Dishes with Castile Soap and Baking Soda

  1. WE USE DR BONNER’S UNSCENTED LIQUID CASTILE SOAP FOR EVERY THING— I ALSO USE IT FOR MY LAUNDRY SOAP— BUT WE BUY IT 4 GALLONS AT A TIME– FROM OUR FRIEND WHO HAS A HEALTH FOOD STORE IN HARRISON, ARK & HE SHIPS IT TO US IN KANSAS— & IT IS UNDER $50.00 A GALLON— EVEN WITH SHIPPING— I USE DR BONNER’S UNSCENTED BAR SOAP ON MY BODY— ONLY THING I HAVE FOUND I CAN USE——- DR BONNER’S IS WONDERFUL—- BUT THE ONLY KIND I CAN USE IS UNSCENTED!!!!

    • Christa Upton says:

      We use a LOT of Castile also. Wow–great price!!! Does your friend have a website to order from? Aw, sorry you can’t have the scented. 🙁 I do well with orange. And now I can actually tolerate the natural rose (on other people)! I couldn’t before. I’m glad because sweet, little Sarah loves the rose. 🙂

  2. Christa Upton says:

    I didn’t notice until the post was up how prominent the red jar lid looks–hey, we have fat free, “hot” baking soda! LOL (It’s really an old salsa jar.)

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