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Alternative uses of washing up liquid

Submitted by on February 24, 2015 – 9:25 amNo Comment


Here’s some information on how to kickstart your spring clean using just one product, the marvellous Ecoleaf Washing Up Liguid! Not just for dishes, washing up liquid can be incredibly versatile, and get your house in order and looking ship-shape in no time. Effective yet gentle, Ecoleaf washing up Liquid is produced from plant materials from sustainable sources and is fully biodegradable. All the ingredients are safe for the environment, approved by the vegan society, and made in the UK.

Around the house:


1. Clean your blender

Partly fill the blender with warm water and a squirt of Ecoleaf washing up liquid. Put the lid on and run it for 30 seconds. Pour out the water, rinse it and dry. No reason not to have your morning smoothie now.


2. Kill weeds naturally

1 tsp washing up liquid, mixed with 1 cup of salt and a litre of white vinegar. Pour the mixture on to the weeds sprouting in the cracks and unwanted places. Careful to use only on places like driveways where you are not growing other plants you want to keep!


3. Descale bath and shower

Fill half a squirty bottle with warm white vinegar (heated in a pan or the microwave) then fill the remaining half the bottle with washing up liquid. This is the perfect mix for breaking down the soap scum that sticks to the side of the bath tub and shower head. Spray on to desired areas and leave as long as you can (overnight is best), then scrub and rinse.


4. Clean kitchen cabinets

Over time, cooking cupboards can get greasy from cooking dinner. Add a little washing up liquid in to a spray bottle with warm water, spray liberally and wipe. Rinse and then buff dry. Don’t forget the insides of the cupboards every once in awhile, to keep things fresh and free from grime.


5. Remove stains from carpeting

Dissolve a tbsp of washing up liquid in to 500ml of warm water, and dab on to the stain using a clean white cloth. Keep blotting until the stain absorbs in to the cloth and disappears from the carpet. (Careful not to rub, as this could spread and push the stain in further). Finish by sponging with cold water and dab dry with a clean cloth.


6. Clean hand washable delicate clothing

A tbsp of washing up liquid in warm water is perfect for washing delicates, especially wool. The natural scent will make it smell lovely too.


7. Clean vinyl or tiled floors

Add a drop of Ecoleaf washing up liquid in to a mop bucket of cold water and mop away.


8. Strip wash nappies

If you use reusable nappies add a squirt or two of washing up liquid in to the machine and set it to a hot wash. Then rinse until there are no more bubbles. The natural degreasing action will help strip away oily residue. Make sure they are rinsed until the water runs clear.


9. Non-toxic lubricant

Use on sliding glass doors, door knobs, hinges, locks etc. Worth trying before opting for a more toxic aerosol and in many cases does the job. (As well as giving it a good clean)

On you:


10. Clean hairbrushes and combs

Build up from products and greasy hair can linger on hairbrushes and combs. Take care of this by washing in warm water with a few drops of washing up liquid in.


11. Stop glasses fogging

Rub a small drop of dish soap to your lenses. It will leave a layer of film that prevents fogging.

For fun!



12. Ever tried making homemade bubble mix? Try mixing 1 cup of warm water, t tbsp of washing up liquid, 1 tbsp glycerine and 1 tsp white sugar. Stir together and store in an airtight container.

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