Hopefully most of you remember that for this week’s shop we cut our budget to £25, and whilst we managed to get all of our food shopping for the week easily within this we faced a dilemma when it came to some household essentials we needed – £1.23 to purchase toilet roll and washing up liquid, or more realistically toilet roll or washing up liquid. In the interests of basic sanitation we plumped for the toilet roll, however this did pose us with a washing up liquid based issue!
So without washing up liquid how were we going to clean our dishes for the week? Ian had once heard a story that washing up liquid and shampoo had the same properties, save for some extra parfum in the shampoo, however we were not too sure about putting this to the test.
Ian had a quick scout about on the tinternet and found a couple of recipes for homebrew washing up liquid, and in true Team Pugh style he found that whilst he didn’t have all of the ingredients for either recipe, he did have some of the ingredients from both of the recipes, and low and behold………Team Pugh 3000 Washing up liquid was born!!
So………..guestimating the quantities to fit into our empty bottle the various ingredients assembled were:
850ml of boiling water
1 tablespoon of soda crystals
1 tablespoon of grated soap
1 tablespoon of vinegar (we used our lovely citrus vinegar)
2 drops of lavender oil
A squeeze of lemon juice
The method is easy, put the boiling water into a large bowl, add all the other ingredients and mix well. Let the ‘broth’ cool and decant into your old washing up liquid bottle and voila –homebrew washing up liquid is complete!
And so the big question, does it work?
It doesn’t froth up particularly well, however it smells good and the pots come out nice and clean – definitely a good result, and great that we had all of the ingredients in stock, so essentially free!