How to Make Dishwashing Liquid Last Longer


Dishwashing liquid is a necessity of modern domestic life and, although it can be purchased inexpensively, thrifty and eco-conscious consumers can save even more money -- and Earth's precious resources -- by making dishwashing liquid last longer. One common method is to simply add water to the remaining ounces of soap in the bottle, but that only dilutes it. Adding borax and white vinegar to your favorite dishwashing liquid is a much better option.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic bottle with pump
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • 1 tablespoon borax
  • White vinegar
  • Fill one-third of a clean plastic pump-top bottle with your favorite dishwashing liquid to start off the longer-lasting mixture with a familiar smell.

  • Add one tablespoon of borax to the bottle. Borax, a natural disodium tetraborate decahydrate salt, enhances the gentle cleaning strength of washing solutions.

  • Fill the rest of the bottle with white vinegar, which is a natural, inexpensive and Earth-friendly antibacterial degreasing agent.

  • Shake the bottle gently to mix. Replace your old dishwashing liquid.

  • Pump your home-mixed dish soap two or three times into a sink filled with hot water to clean one load of dishes.

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