There are two kinds of people: people who have their entire stair closet/basement/shed/random space in the house full of supplies of toothpaste, cans of beans and dishwashing liquid, and people who don’t have that and who regularly go to the toilet without toilet paper. Or find out that the detergent has run out when the counter is full of dirty dishes, that is. This article is for those last people.
Because just because you’re out of detergent and you don’t have a dishwasher, that doesn’t mean you have a welcome excuse to leave those dirty dishes in the sink.
Alternative to dishwashing liquid
It turns out: instead of washing up liquid you can also use baking soda for your dishes, we read on Apartment Therapy . This is because baking soda absorbs fat.
How exactly do you use it? Very simple: mix one gram or 80 grams of baking soda with a few tablespoons of water, until you have a nice smooth paste. Put on rubber gloves and then use the paste to scrub the food residue off your dishes. Then you only have to rinse it with hot water and preferably let it air dry. Et voilà !
By the way, washing dishes is not the only thing you can do with baking soda. It is not only an ingredient for cakes and biscuits, for example, but is suitable for all kinds of cleaning jobs in the house. Our sister Roomed made a handy list of household tasks where baking soda comes in handy .
Why you should not wash with hand soap
Now we hear you thinking: does it really have to be that difficult, with a paste of baking soda? Can’t I just use the hand soap next to the tap? Well, not always. While hand soap does have anti-bacterial properties that basically make it a fairly effective dishwashing liquid, some soaps have added ingredients that are not safe to come into contact with food.
It is therefore okay to use it once, but don’t do it too often and make sure you rinse your dishes extra well if you use hand soap once. A bar of soap is safer, but a lot harder to use.
More cleaning tips:
- Cleaning a baking tray: this is how you do it (with only 2 ingredients!)
- Cleaning hack: this is how you clean a pan with a non-stick coating
- Cleaning reusable straws: this is how you do it