How to Use Glycerin As a Cleaner

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Things You'll Need

  • Empty dish detergent bottle

  • 1 oz. liquid peppermint castile soap

  • 2 cups of water

  • 1 tsp. glycerin

  • 5 drops lavender essential oil

  • Plastic container with a lid

  • 1/2 cup of soap flakes

  • 1 cup of diatomaceous earth

  • 1/2 cup of baking soda

  • 3 tbsp. glycerin

  • Blender

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Glycerin is an organic compound that contains no color or odor. Glycerin is a versatile product that is often used in foods, hand soaps and as a cleaning agent. When used with food, glycerin can add a sweet taste. When used in hand soaps, glycerin works to soften the skin. It is also known to help preserve food. Glycerin can also be used as a cleaner for both dishes and counter tops. You can make these cleaners right at home.


Glycerin Dish Detergent

Step 1

Clean out an old dish detergent bottle. Pour in 1 oz. liquid peppermint castile soap, and add 2 cups of water.

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Step 2

Add 1 tsp. of glycerin to the dish detergent bottle, and then drop in 5 drops lavender essential oil.

Step 3

Mix the four ingredients together and then place the lid back on the dish detergent bottle.

Step 4

Use to clean your dishes.

Glycerin Cleaning Paste

Step 1

Place 1/2 cup of soap flakes and 1 cup of diatomaceous earth in a blender and blend until a fine powder forms.


Step 2

Add 1/2 cup of baking soda and blend to combine.

Step 3

Pour the three ingredients into a plastic container and then add glycerin. Mix together and you should have a nice paste.

Step 4

Rub this paste on your counter, stove or any other surface that needs cleaning. Don't worry, it won't scratch the surface.

Step 5

Store the paste in the plastic container with the lid on tight in a cool, dark place.


Glycerin can be found at your local pharmacy.

You can also pour glycerin directly on a stain to get rid of it. Then just blot up with some water and a white rag.


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