Hi all, as promised I am also now putting up the recipe for homemade washing up liquid - very eco friendly and cheap! I got it from our office cleaners, greenmop.co.uk who have just won a green award so I'm dead chuffed to take their recommendations on being a bit greener.
Washing Up Liquid Recipe:
3 x litres boiling water
6 x drops tea tree or lime or lavender essential oil (or just use lemon or lime juice!)
1 x heaped tablespoon soap flakes (DriPak make these)
1 x heaped tablespoon of soda crystals (DriPak again)
1 x tablespoon white vinegar
Mix together and place into containers with a funnel - again the 2 pint plastic milk bottles are good for this as they have handles, and you are re-using rather than recycling!
Add the drops of essential oils once the water has cooled down as otherwise the oils will evaporate with the heat of the boiling water.
Shake before use, add water as needed.
This is a guideline and you can adjust to suit your preferences. I find I can usually dilute with a little more water in the container near the sink too.
I worked this out at £0.10p per litre but costs may vary according to what you pay for the dry goods.
I also came across this interesting site for greener cleaning tips:
So £0.10p for 1 litre - compared to around £2.40 for 1 litre of fairy liquid, which is full of other chemicals. Saves £2.30 per time, perhaps say £2.00 a time if you allow for your 5 minutes work.