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DIY Eco-friendly dishwashing detergent

Take a moment and look at your current bottle of dishwashing detergent.  Do you see a list of ingredients on there?  No?  Ever wonder why?
A whole lab full of chemicals can go into the average “grease-fighting” dish liquid – including foaming agents, dyes, colours and fragrances - and even if you use gloves so they don't get on your skin, all those synthetic ingredients are still going on your plates, and into the waterways.
Why not simplify things and make our easy, eco-friendly dish soap… it’s easy to personalise with your favourite essential oil fragrances, and over the year will cost a fraction of commercial brands.  Plus, you know exactly what’s in it!
Bosisto’s Eco-Friendly Dishwashing Detergent
You’ll need:
2.5 cups of boiling water
1 tablespoon Borax 
1 tablespoon Lectric Washing Soda (Borax & Lectric Washing Soda can be found in the laundry aisle of most major supermarkets, or buy Lectic Soda online here)
2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar 
½ cup unscented liquid castile soap (at health food shops or online here
Mixing bowl
Measuring cups and spoons
Plastic or glass ‘pump style’ dispenser (or, an empty dishwashing detergent bottle with label removed - see tip)
Measure and add the Borax and Lectric Washing Soda to the mixing bowl along with the liquid castile soap.  Boil the water and then slowly add to the ingredients, using a whisk to incorporate.  
Add the essential oils and mix throroughly.  Let the soap come to room temperature before adding to your container.  It will thicken as it cools.   (You’ll find this soap will not make tons of suds, but it doesn’t need to in order to do a great job cutting through dirt and grease).
NOTE:  We used eucalyptus oil for its natural grease-fighting power and fresh crisp scent, but peppermint or citrus would also work well.

Quick Tip!

.... If you need to remove labels from your old dish liquid containers, Bosisto's Eucalyptus Oil will do the trick!  Just dab the label with plenty of oil, leave for a few minutes for the glue bonds to dissolve and then peel off.