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Liquid Dish Soap to Use and Why

Liquid dish soap to use and why Go Gingham

Remember when we began switching our cleaning and laundry detergents? We’ve gone from all of our cleaning and laundry supplies from the standard cleaning aisle, advertised on TV, and least expensive to only a handful of store bought products that are made by a few companies. The liquid dish soap was the last switch – yes, it’s taken a couple of years! But, as with every product we’ve switched and replaced, we began with health in mind.

One thing I’ve learned through this process is that not every product sold at health food stores, organic markets or in the ‘healthy’ or ‘natural’ section of the grocery store is good for every component of health and that’s been my goal in this process. If I’m going to the trouble of switching brands, health inside our home (for my family) and health outside of our home (for the environment) is what I want. It’s hard to hit all on every level – and still be able to find the brand at the grocery store.

While our switch has only included products that received all A’s in the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) database of cleaners, there are other options available. Look for these on the label: certified biodegradable, not tested on animals, hypoallergenic, and good at cutting grease. But, I suggest checking EWG’s list. They’ve done the work for us! They’re my go to source. No one else is monitoring whether or not a product is actually ‘green’ or ‘healthy’ or ‘natural.’ It’s been enlightening!

Liquid dish soap Go Gingham

Liquid Dish Soap to Use and Why

What I settled on is liquid dish soap from a brand called Planet. Their liquid dish soap got all A’s – and they recently updated their formula and it’s reflected in the review on EWG. (Here’s EWG’s review of Planet liquid dish soap.) But, the soap was too thick – it’s concentrated – and when I put it in our glass jar dispenser, people were complaining. We don’t want to stop people from doing dishes, do we? Nope.

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So, here’s my solution…

  1. Fill the glass dispenser about 1/3 full of water.
  2. Add liquid dish washing soap to the top.
  3. Put on lid, cover dispenser with finger and tip bottle back and forth a few times. This isn’t shaking but just a few tips.
  4. Use a few drops on dish sponge or in a pot of water of in the sink for dishes.

Be careful when adding liquid dish soap to sponge or a pot for soaking because now the liquid soap comes out quicker. (My family loves to soak pots and pans – find out why.) Also, once the liquid dish soap squeeze bottle is empty, I add about 1/4 cup or so of water to it and shake it up. Then, I use this for dishes. This lets me get every single drop of liquid dish soap out of the container before recycling it.

Glass and liquid dish soap Go GinghamDishes are done, every drop of liquid dish soap is out of the container, and my glass jar dispenser is looking pretty. Yes this is more expensive than the cheapest stuff at the grocery store but all of the ingredients are listed on the container – unlike most brands. It’s good for the environment and good for our health. I’ve stopped bringing chemicals into our home in the form of cleaning supplies and I’m feeling pretty good about that.

What dish washing liquid do you use? Have you given any thought to switching?

Go Gingham related links:

Clean and shiny – glass cleaner that works with ingredients you have at home
Grimy and greasy? – a spray combination that will cut the grease without chemicals
Laundry detergents to use and why – clean laundry and clean bill of health!
Need an automatic dishwasher detergent recipe? You’ll find that here.
How about a natural rinse aid for the dishwasher? Yes, you have it in your pantry right now

More related links:

Want to know what chemicals are in your cleaning supplies and laundry detergents? Check with Environmental Working Group. They’re my go to source when it comes to chemicals in consumer products. They’re a, “non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.”

6 thoughts on “Liquid Dish Soap to Use and Why

  1. I see many, many recipes for shower cleaners on the Internet. Problem is, my new shower surround came with a lifetime warranty and only the “approved” cleaners should be used. I picked one that would clean adequately but was the least harmful to my nose and eyes, plus environmentally responsible. BTW, it was Mrs. Myer’s. I use a large mop with a reusable terry cloth cover to clean the walls all the way up.


    1. Karen, I don’t like it when companies do that – although I do like how Mrs. Meyer’s smells! It’s sneaky to force you to buy a product that you may not otherwise do just so you can get the warranty.
      When we got a dishwasher recently, I didn’t buy the one I wanted because of that very reason – you had to use a rinse aid, blah, blah, blah. My rinse aid is white vinegar and works fine, thank you! 🙂
      Thanks for writing in, Karen!


  2. I’ve been using a dish soap product I can buy in bulk at a food co-op. Yikes! I don’t have a clue if it is non-toxic. I just assumed it was. Anyway, I am moving soon and the new community’s co-op does not have bulk dish soap.

    Planet looks like a promising substitute. Are you able to purchase it from a grocery store or health food store?


    1. Hi Rebecca!
      I can buy Planet at the grocery store – and it’s not even in the health/natural section.
      That is one thing I didn’t want to do – complicate our lives with running all over town buying items. That went into my decision with what products got the thumbs up on EWG.
      Good luck with the move! 🙂


  3. Hmmm…the “green” dishwashing liquid I had previously been using only got a “C” on the EWG site. Maybe it’s a good thing my grocery store stopped carrying the refill size! I switched to another brand -Bio-Vert – because this is one that comes in a large refill size and I can order it from a small health food store, but unfortunately, EWG doesn’t list this product (maybe it’s only available in Canada?), so I have no idea if it’s actually green or not 😦 . Maybe I need to take a list of EWG-approved dishwashing liquids into the store and see what they can order, and in what size. (Sometimes it takes a lot more effort to be green while living in a small city than it would in a place where there are more shopping choices. Well worth the effort, in my mind, but still…!)


  4. Marian,
    You can ask EWG to review a product but it may not be available here.
    Taking the list with you to the grocery store sounds smart! It is extra work to be green but you are right – extra! 🙂
    Thanks for doing your part!!


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