Friday, July 29, 2011

Where Are the Elves When You Need Them?

Exactly!  I need some elves around my house to do the dishes, because Mrs. Claus HATES doing dishes dislikes doing dishes very much.

Now, you need to know that the one more thing Mrs. Claus hates to buy (besides trash bags that you THROW AWAY!) is CASCADE. I don’t like the way it cleans and I hate the price they are charging, mostly for this enormous plastic bottle. Now, don’t get me wrong I am not a “recycler” per se, but I feel the price I have to pay is for the bottle and not for the soap inside.

You have to check out this post by Jennifer over at Jenerally speaking.  If you don’t remember Jennifer, she let me do a guest blog post on her blog last year and I almost met her in Tulsa last year.  Maybe this year I’ll actually get to meet up with her. Wouldn’t that be cool?  Now she has a new blog and a new look, love it!!
Her post on Homemade Dishwasher Soap, well honestly it made me giggle a little.  I thought, “Yeah right!  ONE TABLESPOON of anything is NOT going to get my dishes clean.”

Her post (you have to click on it to see the recipe) described how to make your own dishwasher soap.   This is Jennifer’s picture too! 

So I went to Wal*Mart and the whole time I was buying the ingredients I thought, “There’s just no way.  But if it doesn’t work, I’ll just take it to the office and let them use it in their dishwasher, because coffee cups and spoons is not that big of a challenge.”

I decided to have spaghetti and meatballs (made with Italian sausage) just to make sure there was a total mess in my dishwasher for the trial run.  I even put the greasy, spaghetti sauced skillet on the top rack (which I would never do) just to make it extra difficult. 

I normally leave the dishes until right before bed, basically because I hate it so much and because those stinkin’ elves can’t be found when it’s time to do the dishes!  It only takes about 5 minutes, but I always put it off.  So I let them sit for a few hours before I put them in the dishwasher just to be extra sure that this was going to work for me. 

I was AMAZED really when I opened the dishwasher and pulled that skillet off the top rack, it was beautiful.  I want to say that even my bowls looked shinier, but it could have been the elation of the moment.  The ultimate test will be when the kids are home alone and wait all weekend to load the dishwasher . . . but I was truly impressed by this little TABLESPOON of stuff!  She might just be the greatest little “elf” ever!

For Your Information

Now to be totally honest with you, I had to use Kool-Aid brand lemonade packs because they didn’t have any Great Value brand unsweetened  lemonade, but that was seriously the only difference in my recipe. 

The bill?

LG CREL DISP  5.74 (Plastic Container – which I won’t have to buy again)
A H POWDER 3.24   (Arm and Hammer)
PWD BLEACH 3.36   (Borax)
EPSOM SALT 2.86    (Epsom Salt, duh – which I have lots left over)
KOOL AID 4.80          (Unsweet Lemonade – which I could have saved on if they had had the Great Value brand)


The 32-cup container is over half full and by only using 1 TBSP per load, this will last me a very long time!  So I am going to track it using this blog and I’ll let you know when I have to make more and we’ll see how long it lasts.  Total actual soap cost $14.26

9.68 lb bottle = $8.97 online ($9.16 at my Wal*Mart)  I would guess this size bottle would last 3 months at my house, maybe less.


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  1. You have convinced me! I think I'm going to try this. We go through so much dishwashing tablets and it is EXPENSIVE.

    Awesome tip. And sigh. I don't really like doing dishes either. But, I do love a clean kitchen.


  2. Wahoo!! I'm really glad you liked. I appreciate the reference but you did more work than i did - you even broke it down! :) Your a great writer. Loved your story with it. :)

  3. btw, we do need to meet up in Tulsa!! :)

  4. Thanks for the heads up on this idea. Way cool! Definitely will give it a whirl once my auto dish detergent is all gone.

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