This post was originally published on February 27, 2009 at repurposeful.
Want to stretch the use of your dish soap? Looking to reuse an empty spray bottle? I have your answers.
Fill an empty spray bottle (if using a recycled spray bottle, be sure to clean it thoroughly) half full with water. Fill the other half with liquid dish soap. Slowly turn it back and forth (don’t shake it) to mix the soap and water. The next time you need to wash a dirty pan, spray it a few times with your new money-saving soap mixture. You’ll find that you don’t need full strength soap to get your dishes clean and you’ll find that your soap lasts so much longer!
To save yourself even more time, money and to reduce packaging waste, buy dish soap in bulk-sized containers.
This trick also works in the foaming pump dishwashing soap dispensers. When the original mixture runs out, refill it using the instructions above.
Take this One Small Step one step further: If you want more control over the ingredients in your dish soap, consider making your own. It’s cheaper and you’ll reduce waste by not having to purchase new containers. Check out this simple recipe.
Photo by Conor Lawless.