Even the lowest-chemical dish soap we can find makes me sick. Thanks to my friend Ruth M., I gave Castile another chance!
The grease is hard to cut with Castile. Ideas that have helped me:
- 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.)
- Wipe greasy dishes with a paper towel before even putting in/near the sink.
- 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.
- Instead, squirt a good amount of Castile into a wet dishcloth.
- 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.
- 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.
- If you begin to run out of bubbles in the dishcloth, add a little more Castile to the cloth.
- If you begin to have trouble with grease, your dishcloth is probably greasy. Get a fresh one.
- 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.
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