Are you like me? Do you often try to find new alternatives to products you find yourself bound to? In only a few recent years I have freed myself from most pre-cut, packaged foods (including bread), laundry detergent, and now dish soap. (Not to be confused with dish detergent. I’m talking about the stuff you wash your dishes in the sink by hand with.)
I went on a grocery shopping extravaganza yesterday. We are having a graduation celebration for Beard tomorrow, and I wanted to make sure I had enough burgers, brats, sides, and drinks for 15 people.
On a side note, I thought we should have about 20 burgers and 30 brats since some people will eat two burgers and some won’t eat any, but most people who eat a brat will either eat two or have both a brat and a burger. My husband told me I was crazy and that 30 brats is a bit excessive. I suppose he’s right, but can you imagine the wonderous amount of leftovers??
Back to my shopping extravaganza: Some how in all of my list-checking and cart maneuvering I managed to forget to buy dish soap. And we are completely out of dish soap. Yes, I have already put some water in the bottle and shaken it around a little to get the last bits of sudsy goodness out.
Alas, this morning I still had a few things I had to wash by hand.
We do have a dishwasher, which I am so grateful for, but there are things that I would never never never ever in a million years put in a dishwasher. Like my super awesome chef’s knife that Beard got me for my birthday this year. Or any of my wooden spoons.
Well, with some necessary items to wash and some dishes to wash, what’s a physicist to do? I needed something gentle, but sanitizing, yet non-toxic.
So bleach was out. I’m not soaking dishes in bleach, although I hear they did that in the olden days of housewifery.
But what other product do I have in my house that can sanitize things? Lemon juice, of course, but I’m planning on making a few gallons of lemonade for tomorrow’s party, so I didn’t want to risk not having enough for delicious, refreshing drinks.
Distilled vinegar, though. Now that was an idea. It is definitely non-toxic (I put the stuff on my salads sometimes), but it sanitizes things, like my kitchen counters and large kitchen appliances.
Since I wanted a little sudsy-ness in the mix, I used some bar Ivory soap in hot water with the distilled vinegar.
Before you get worried about the DP family, know that Ivory soap is only toxic when eaten in large amounts (like half a bar) and I rinse very thoroughly with the hottest water I could get out of my tap.
I had a few pots that were being stubborn, so I used Brillo on those, as usual, but for all of my other, not so stubborn dishes, this mixture worked fine. To be honest, I’m not sure that dish soap is as much of a necessity as I’ve been thinking it is.
I’ll take a week to wash my dishes this way (until my next grocery store trip), and I’ll let you know how I feel about it then.
If nothing else, I hope this helps those of you who, like me, run out of this household “necessity” and forget to buy it while you’re out.
Are there any household “necessities” that you’ve found you don’t necessarily need? What are they? I’d love to hear about some and test them out myself.