Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Dawn and vinegar magic all purpose cleaner recipe question


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I keep reading recommendations about the Dawn-vinegar cleaner and will give that a try once I use up the chemical stuff first. I do happen to have a mini, sample size bottle of Dawn on hand, bought to clean something, don't recall what. I don't like Dawn that much as it causes real problems with my skin (and yes, I do have and use Playtex dishwashing gloves but often my dish soap is used just for quick clean ups of say a counter or stove top. I know that I won't have my gloves on 24/7 so this would be an issue for me) not do I care for it's price. I recently was in the cleaning products aisle at WM and noted that WM has a generic "dawn" soap for significantly less.

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Does anyone have experience with that or with using Dr Bronner's castille soap (which I already invested in) in lieu of the Dawn in the cleaning spray recipe? 

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can I use my beloved LA's awesome dish soap instead?


8 comments:

Ellie said...

Great question! I've never tried making the cleaner with a different dish detergent. Why don't you try it using your LA's awesome dish soap?
I have used LA's awesome dish soap for hand washing my dishes, and found I need to use a lot more product. I'm guessing that it would also work in the bathroom cleaner recipe, but may not be as strong as the Dawn one.
I think it's worth experimenting. You'll still be able to use the product as a counter cleaner even if it doesn't work well at removing soap scum. Please let us know if the substitution works as well as the Dawn. :)

Thanks,
Ellie

Linda said...

Dawn original is the only thing that does NOT break out my hands. I won't even go with WM generic. If you are asking if you can combine your favorite dishwashing detergent with vinegar, I don't see why not.

doo said...

I always thought that the recipes for the cleaners called for the original dawn just because of the grease cutting ability, not sure if there was another reason? Anyway, I use BJ's knock off dawn and havent found any difference from when i used dawn. I would imagine that wm's knock off would be the same. As for the DT brand...although i loved the price and fragrance, I found that i would have to dump my dishwater halfway through and start fresh to finish washing my dishes. The grease just wasnt coming off the dishes. I only hand wash...no dishwasher. So not sure if that one would work as well in the cleaner.

nemuineko said...

For the Dr. Bronner's castile soap, I use this recipe as an all purpose cleaner in my house:

1 cup water
2 tsp. castile soup
20 drops essential oils (lavender, peppermint, etc.)

I only make small batches at a time, since the essential oils can oxidize in sunlight. I have not tried this recipe for things like mirrors/windows, but I use it for granite and flooring with no issues, and it does a decent job on my stove (which I clean after use, so I don't know how it would work on stuck on messes).

mikemax said...

My concern about subbing the castile soap for the detergent is that you might end up with a gelantinous mess. Soap is also harder to rinse than liquid detergent, although the vinegar should help with that. I'd sub any brand of dishwashing liquid, but probably not Dr. Bonner's. My original recipe didn't specify Dawn, but that's what I use for its grease-cutting properties. I, too, found that the DT brand didn't last as long in the sink.

My vast knowledge of soap (that's a double LOLOLOLOL) is that my mother always used White King laundry soap. It worked fine in Portland's famously soft water, but left scum in places that had harder water. When she quit using the wringer washer in the 1960s, she switched to detergent because it washed better in an automatic.

CTMOM said...

Thanks all for the feedback responses. Apparently, Dr Bronner's recommends AGAINST using vinegar with castille soap, so that is out for now. I think once the chemical stuff is used up, I'll first try a batch using my regular dish soap, LA's amazing. While it may not make the tons of suds that Dawn does (it's all my former MIL will use), I can't say that I've ever had a greasy dish issue with the LA's, but I am only using it (mostly) for pots/pans, lids and often use a Brillo pad as needed.

Meg B. said...

Dr. Bronner's peppermint soap shouldn't be mixed with vinegar. It will, as a previous poster said, create a gelatinous mess...you are mixing acid (vinegar) with a base (soap) and going in the opposite direction of effectiveness. I didn't believe this, tried mixing Dr.Bronner's with vinegar + water in a spray bottle, and got milky goop.
Dr. Bronner's and water alone in a spray bottle is nothing short of amazing. I also use Dr. Bronner's Sal's suds mixed with water for my wood floors. It is expensive, ($13 /bottle) but you use a mere drop in a 5 gallon bucket. My bottle is over 3 years old.
I have tried the Dawn and vinegar, and it wasn't effective on my soap scum. What works for me is a mixture of 1:1 borax and baking soda, several drops of Dr. Bronner's peppermint soap, whisked with a fork. I also add a drop or two of peppermint essential oil. I store it in an old, large, plastic spice jar(Costco) shake and scrub. Rinse. Works like a charm, but not sure you can scrub with o.t. issues? I would skip Dawn, and just spray with vinegar. Also, citrus rinds soaked in vinegar for 6 weeks, strained, (to get out pulp) then mixed 1:1 with water makes a great all purpose cleanser. My favorite is lime.
Anyway, just my experiences.

thyme2save said...

Allergies have no end of quirts. Palmolive torments my hands as Dawn torments yours.