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5 Creative Ways to Use Dish Soap This Summer

5 Creative Ways to Use Dish Soap This Summer


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A bottle of dish soap will solve lots of warm weather dilemmas

Do you have any creative dish soap hacks?


If you or a pet are sprayed by a skunk, skip the tomato juice bath (which can be costly, messy, and impractical). Washing in scented dish soap will also remove the bad smell.


Because dish soap is a great de-greaser, it will also remove oil from your skin and nails. Prep your fingers or toes for a beach-worthy mani or pedi by soaking them for a few minutes in a bowl of warm water and dish soap. Removing the excess oil from your skin and nails will allow the nail polish to better adhere to your nails.


Don’t like the idea of chemical-based weed control? Spray a combination of water, an all-natural dish soap, vinegar, and salt on pesky weeds instead (the dish soap acts as a binder that allows the weed-killing ingredients to stick to weeds leaves and stems).

Make a Clarifying Shampoo


Getting the prefect, beachy waves can leave a build-up of styling products in your hair. Don’t spend money on a special clarifying shampoo. Washing your hair with dish soap on occasion will remove oil and build up just as effectively — but do this sparingly, as overuse can dry or damage the hair and scalp.


If you have fruit flies around your kitchen, set a trap by leaving shallow bowls of fruit-scented dish soap out on the counter. The smell will attract the flies, and once their wings are coated in the soap they won’t be able to fly away.

Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.


Common Household Uses for Cleaning With Dish Soap

Dish soap (also called dish detergent or dishwashing liquid) is a specialized form of soap that contains a mixture of surfactants (substances designed to break the tension between solids) that are especially high-foaming and chosen because they do not irritate the skin. This special mixture of surfactants is what makes dish soap so effective at cutting oils and grease on dishes and pots. Some types of dish soap also include dyes, scents, or rinsing agents.

Some years ago, some dish soaps also contained phosphates that assisted in cleaning but posed an environmental hazard. Phosphates can reach lakes and streams, where they encourage algae blooms that reduce water oxygen levels. Today, most dish soaps omit these phosphates. Some dish soaps also contain triclosan, an antibacterial substance that may create problems by hindering the microbial breakdown of wastes at wastewater treatment facilities. Whatever you are using dish soap for, it is a good idea to check product labels to make sure it does not contain either phosphates or triclosan.

Generally speaking, though, dish soap is one of the safest of all cleaning products. The rather gentle nature of dish soap makes it a good choice for many uses that does not involve dishes at all. Perhaps most famously, dish soap has been used to save thousands of birds badly soiled by ocean oil spills in Alaska and Louisiana.

Take a look at some of the many cleaning uses for ordinary dish soap.


74 Delightful Homemade Soap Recipes That Are Fun to Make

Jennifer is a full-time homesteader who started her journey in the foothills of North Carolina in 2010. Currently, she spends her days gardening, caring for her orchard and vineyard, raising chickens, ducks, goats, and bees. Jennifer is an avid canner who provides almost all food for her family needs. She enjoys working on DIY remodeling projects to bring beauty to her homestead in her spare times.

Have you ever noticed how the most basic household items can bust your budget wide open? And they always seem to all need to be purchased at once? Well, you no longer have to worry about soap being a budget buster. Soap can easily be made at home for a fraction of the cost.

Especially, if you grow or raise certain items that go into making different types of soaps. Not to mention, homemade soap also makes great gifts too.

So without further introduction, here are the best soap recipes that are sure to help you create your own soap masterpieces and save you money too.

1. Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

We go through a ton of hand soap at my house. When you operate a small farm your hands obviously touch some interesting things.

Practicing good hygiene is very important. This recipe helps you create a great foaming hand soap. Plus, it also shares a great tutorial on making a mason jar soap dispenser.

2. Goat’s Milk Body Wash

Body wash certainly counts as soap. It is another item we go through a lot in our home. I love body wash because it doesn’t leave soap scum on your shower walls.

But I also love this recipe because it is all-natural, and you know what you are rubbing over your body’s largest organ. If you need a creamy body wash that you can make at home, then consider this recipe.

3. Megan’s Liquid Gel Dishwasher Detergent

Dishwasher packets and liquid is becoming more and more expensive. However, I love my dishwasher as it saves me a lot of time.

If you find yourself in this same boat, then give this recipe a try. Hopefully, it will do a satisfactory job in your opinion and save you a little cash in the process.

4. Oatmeal Soap

I almost always have oatmeal on hand. The fact that I can take this pantry staple and turn it into a great homemade soap makes me love this recipe all the more.

So if you have lots of oatmeal on hand, or even if you are looking for an inexpensive soap ingredient then you’ll probably want to try your hand at this oatmeal soap.

5. No-Lye Liquid Castile Soap

Castile soap is a great soap to have around. It can be used on hair or skin. Plus, if you have sensitive skin it might be a good alternative because there are few ingredients.

Actually, I use castile soap to make DIY dog shampoo. In case any of this sounds appealing to you, then you’ll probably want to give this recipe a try.

6. 10 Minute DIY Milk and Honey Soap

This soap is one that I love everything about. I love that I raise most of the ingredients right here on my own land.

Also, I love the design of this soap as well. Not to mention, it takes so little time to make. If you need a nice soap that won’t take a long time to make then give this recipe a try.

7. Homemade Dish Soap

The price of dish soap has climbed in recent years. Plus, I’m not sure what is in store-bought dish soap. That concerns me as it is rubbing all over my hands on a regular basis.

So if you share some of the same concerns, then you might want to consider this basic dish soap recipe. The great thing is you can make some of the ingredients she recommends to purchase. I’ve actually already listed recipes in this post.

8. Lye Free Soap

A lot of people don’t play with making soap because of the lye step. Dealing with lye can be very scary if you don’t use extreme precautions.

However, this soap takes that fear out of the equation. You have to purchase previously made soap in order to safely include lye. But the danger of handling lye has been eliminated for you in this recipe.

9. Homemade Liquid Hand/Body Soap

I am so thrilled with this recipe. It requires only a few dollars in materials, and you can make gallons of soap.

If you have an old milk jug, a bar of soap, a few dollars to purchase a bottle of glycerin, and some water then you are ready to make your own liquid hand or body soap.

10. Mother’s Day Soap

Are you looking for a great gift for mom, whether for Christmas, birthday, or Mother’s Day? Well, if so, then take a glance at this soap making recipe.

You can make it with a variety of designs and make it your own with different scents if you wish. It is a great, inexpensive personalized gift.

11. Shampoo Bar

I am more of a liquid shampoo type of girl. However, my husband and boys prefer a solid shampoo bar. So if this is your preference, then you might want to check out this recipe so you can make your own.

12. 1-Step Homemade Shaving Cream

Shaving cream counts as a type of soap, right? It is used in your morning routine so we are going to count it for this post.

If you need an easy, inexpensive shaving cream that can double as a great moisturizer, then you’ll want to check out this recipe.

13. Cream Soap

This stuff just looks delicious. It reminds me of homemade whipped cream. If you can only imagine how great soap of that texture would feel on your skin.

Well, if that sounds absolutely wonderful to you, then you’ll want to try this soap. It is only four basic ingredients and will hopefully make your new favorite soap.

14. Homemade Body Wash

Homemade body wash just appears so creamy and almost entices you to hurry and take a shower. Your skin just desires that creamy moisture to soothe any roughness or dryness.

Well, this homemade body wash is no different. There is an easy to follow recipe and tutorial to help you along with making this soap.

15. Crockpot Lotion Bars

Lotion bars go hand in hand with homemade soap as they help add moisture to your skin after showering.

So if you’d like to have your own lotion bars (especially those that can be easily made in the crockpot) then you need to check out this recipe.

16. Homemade Goats Milk Soap

I love goat’s milk. I raise goats and besides the fact that they are adorable and entertaining, I love their milk.

When I discovered I could make soap with their goats’ milk, it absolutely tickled me. If you love goat’s milk soap, then you’ll want to give this recipe a quick glance.

17. Homemade Lotion

This post is all about skincare, frugality, and making what we need. The lotion is no exception to any of these rules.

After you finish using your homemade body soap, you’ll probably need some lotion to continue to care for your skin. Don’t buy it if you can make it. Thanks to this recipe, you can make your own lotion with only three ingredients.

18. Homemade Lotion Bars

These are traditional lotion bars that require only a few simple ingredients to make. They make great gifts as well as items to use for yourself daily.

Whether you are looking to be more self-reliant or just frugal, you’ll want to give this lotion recipe a glance.

19. Homemade Milk Bath

Do you like taking relaxing baths? Well, if so, then you’ll want to consider making this milk bath for yourself.

This milk bath is great for treating dry skin, irritated skin, or even just to add for a little extra relaxation.

20. Neapolitan Soap Pops

These soap pops look delicious. They would make great gifts that would be cute while functional too.

Also, they would be great to make for your own home décor. Just be sure to warn your guest not to eat the soap.

21. Homemade Chap Stick

Chapstick is another staple that we use regularly around our home. Though it isn’t technically soap, it is still something that can be used for moisture.

So if you love chapstick, then you might want to give this recipe a chance. If it works for you, then you no longer have to pay high prices for a store-bought lip moisturizer.

22. 10 Minute Peppermint Soap

It’s Christmas time, and you have no idea what to buy for some people. Maybe it is your neighbors that you smile and wave to daily, but don’t really know on a personal level.

Or it could be the family member that has everything! Well, don’t fret. Instead, make them this peppermint soap that takes only around 10 minutes to throw together.

23. DIY Goldfish Soap for Kids

Do you have a child that hates to take a bath? Well, give them some fun soap and see if that changes things.

You can make them this awesome soap that looks like a goldfish in a bag. With this tutorial, you should be able to figure out how to turn bath time into fun time.

24. Sea Mud Soap

This soap doesn’t sound very enticing, but give it a chance. Sea mud is also known as French green clay has a lot of awesome benefits for your skin.

If you like a soap that is going to help add nutrients to your body while you bathe, then you might want to give this soap recipe a chance.

25. Tea Tree Oil Soap

I love tea tree oil. It treats so many different things. This soap claims to naturally treat acne and other breakouts.

So if you would like to attack your acne problem from a natural place, then give this recipe a try.

26. Fish in a Bag Soap

This is another cute fish in a bag tutorial. This one adds a few different colors. Again, this might be a great way to turn bath time into a fun time for kiddos that hate baths.

So if you are tired of that daily struggle to get your kids to bathe and do so properly, then try this fun soap recipe that might actually make them want to bathe.

27. Cranberry Sauce Soap

If you know me, you know how much I love all things cranberry. I love cranberry juice, cranberry relish, and cranberry sauce.

Why would cranberry soap be any different? If you love cranberries too, then you might want to try this awesome recipe.

28. Avocado Cucumber and Oats Soap

This soap looks amazing. This will be another one that you’ll have to remind those you give it to for use to not eat.

But the tutorial seems to be really thorough. Even if you are new to soap making, you could most likely have a successful batch of this soap in no time.

29. Shea Butter Coconut Milk Soap

I love shea butter and coconut milk too. They are great natural moisturizers. If you suffer from dry skin (especially in the winter months), then you might want to check this soap out.

Not to mention, the tutorial seems really thorough which should make the soap making process go smoother.

30. Bourbon Whiskey Vanilla Bean Soap

This sounds like an interesting concoction for soap, but if you like giving unique gifts or using unique products then this might be a good soap option for you.

But what really sold me on this recipe is the safety precautions they take. They provide links for those that are new to soap making so they do so safely.

31. Bath Time Play Dough

This is another way to make bath time fun for the kids. Whether you make this for your own children, want to include it as a stocking stuffer, or a gift for a child in your life they will most likely love it.

If you love this idea, then follow the recipe, and hopefully, you will have found your new ‘kid-friendly’ soap.

32. Rosemary and Lemon Kitchen Soap

Do you chop a lot of onions or garlic in your kitchen? If so, then you know how hard it is to remove that odor from your hands.

Well, with this soap you don’t have to worry about that. The lemon is a natural way to kill the odors and therefore would be great in most kitchens.

33. Mojito Soap

This soap would make a fun gift to share with friends and family members. If you have friends that really love the minty smell of a mojito, then you’ll know that they’ll love this soap.

If you would like a minty recipe that smells similar to how a mojito tastes, then follow this recipe and see what you think.

34. Thyme and Witch Hazel Facial Soap

Do you use expensive facial products? Would you like to save some money? If so, then you should check out this facial bar recipe.

This soap sounds wonderful just by looking at the recipe. There are so many different oils used in it that naturally moisturize your face.

35. Easy, Beginner, Liquid DIY Castile Soap

The words ‘easy’ and ‘beginner’ should be encouraging to any new soap maker when it comes to this recipe.

So if you’d like to make your own castile soap but aren’t really sure where to start, then look no further than this recipe. Give it a try.

36. Homemade Poppy Seed Soap

This recipe is another one that uses melt and pour soap. For people that aren’t comfortable using regular lye, then this might be a good option.

Plus, this soap can be made in around 30 minutes. This is a great way to make your natural and fresh soap using up very little time.

37. DIY Liquid Hand Soap with Essential Oils

This recipe calls for only a few minor ingredients. The great news about them is that a lot of those ingredients can be homemade as well which should save you more money in the process.

However, whether you buy the ingredients or not, this recipe claims to be super simple to make. Why not go for a natural, especially if it is inexpensive and easy?


21 Creative Handmade Soap Recipes for Beginners

Learn a practical skill, create gifts, and let your creativity run loose all at the same time by taking up the art of soap making. DIY soap is loaded with natural and aromatic products that are better for your skin and the planet. We've gathered 21 easy homemade soap recipes for beginners, including shampoo soap bars.

Before you begin, here's a quick tutorial about the chemistry behind making soap. To make soap completely from scratch (as opposed to melt and pour with premade soap bases), you'll need to use lye, which is a caustic salt known as sodium hydroxide. The chemical reaction between lye and oil ingredients is called saponification, which creates soap (and leaves no lye in the finished product).

Wear protective gear (eye goggles, gloves, long-sleeved tops, and pants) when working with lye.

Once you understand how to work with lye and experiment with the ingredients, tools, and equipment that it takes to make soap, you'll have learned a valuable skill.


1. Chickpea and Tomato Salad with Lemon and Parmesan


This recipe is the perfect one to make when you have short notice, with all ingredients you likely have on hand. This refreshing combination brings about a flavor that will compliment summer barbecues, picnics in the park, as well as create a hearty vegetarian option, as chickpeas are a great source of protein for anyone living a vegetarian lifestyle. This salad holds up well, so you can even prepare this up to a day in advance.


This filling, endlessly riffable bowl is perfect with roasted sweet potatoes, but any hardy vegetable you have on hand would be just as delicious.

This recipe is inspired by mujadara, a simple combination of lentils, rice, and onions that exists in various forms across the Middle East. It's comforting but not too rich, and it's fresh and vegetarian without relying on many perishable ingredients. In other words, it's the perfect meal for the nights in between holiday parties.


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That is incredible. I will definitely try it this spring.

Not to sure about what all beer does.. But its the sugars that decompose the thatch layer pretty fast.

The beer is for you to drink and have a good time while doing your lawn. lol

. feed the lawn. Something to do with the sugars/carbs. The beer also helps break down the thatch more quickly.

Do you add water to the mixture? I am assuming so, but it doesnt say. I plan on trying it though.

The 10 gallon sprayer attaches to a water hose. . .so yes, a lot of water is in the mix.

Not to the mixture. Mix all up and use the hose sprayer. It says 10 gal. Becuase the when you are done with the mixture, 10 gal of water had come thru the bottle

It all goes into a hose end sprayer (those handy things you attach to your hosepipe). It mixes automatically with water as it sprays. At least, that's how I do it.

how many oz. per gallon do you set the sprayer to?

I live in Cleveland, Ohio and back up to a golf course that has closed after 100 years of being in business due to the economy. This past season we have a yard that is infiltrated with brown patch fungus (according to the nursery I took some of the grass to). We have a big yard, and the expense is killing us, and what we hire to have done, isn't working. I bought the ingredients to make this, and applied my first batch the other evening. I can see that skunks are attracted to the yard, which is probably filled with grubs, and that doesn't help either. I have an ortho dial it sprayer. It ranges from t-spoons to oz. up to 8 oz. I am not sure what setting to put it on. If you could advise that would be great. There does seem to be a little improvement!!

I wonder also Paul if this will help get rid of moles , as we are overcome . Killing the Grub there food supply.

So what does it do? Make your grass green? Keep it green? Something with the word green in it?

I used it on my flagging lawn last year, every few weeks, and it revived it and kept it green. So, you're right on both occasions!

I think I'll forward the recipe to our local weatherman who is also an avid gardner. Wonder what would happen if I added some expired liquid vitamins? I have added that to watering device in the past and had very good results.

When I was reading home remedies. he didmention adding Vit. B 1 Plant food, it has nician in it. I hope that helps? Deb

When I was reading home remedies. he didmention adding Vit. B 1 Plant food, it has nician in it. I hope that helps? Deb

I think I saw this guy in the local news when I was in high school. I always remembered it as the beer recipe, but I couldn't remember what else was in it. I'm glad I found it though because my husband and I own a house now and we're trying to save the backyard. All we have in the front yard is rocks since we live in NM. thanks.

Is it ok to use this tonic for my yard?

I have a private company called Top Turf(Lawn Manangement Company) treating my yard every other month with fertilizer, lime, weed control and so on.

I'm in Georgia. So appling in high heat won't be a problem.

I'd say go ahead and give it a try. Paul says he uses it for his lawn.

I live in western Oregon and have a garden of vegetables. Can I use your lawn tonic to spray my vegetables to kill of and discourage any bugs?
Thanks.

if you like toxic chemicals on your food, by all means.

Can you explain whats toxic in this mixture??

@Tyerod Nobody should have to explain the toxicity to you if you read the labels of each of the ingredients.

where can i buy one of these 10 gal hose end sprayer? all the ones i have found only hold like a quart or so?

I bought a Miracle grow sprayer, it is about quart sized I think and comes with fertilizer packet, its by all the other fertilizer, it is just a container that you can attach to your hose, that has a sprayer.
I just keep looking at it and when the stuff becomes clear, and I cant smell it anymore, then I know i am done or need to change it.
I don't know if there is an exact science to this, I have been doing this for about 10 years now. My original recipe was different, one bottle beer, and then using the beer bottle, add one bottle dishsoap, one bottle mouthwash and one bottle of ammonia, this gave you quite a bit so I stored it in a milk jug, it was also minus the soda, but I will definately have to try it with.

On the Jimmy Baker website.

chris. when the quart of solution mixes with the water on the end of the hose it equals 10 gallons.

Chris I got mine at WalMart.

I have the Lawn Care recipe, you know, the one with pop, beer, dish soap, ammonia, and mouthwash, and know water. I understand it says a 10 gallon hose end sprayer, but I'm not sure I know what a 10 gallon hose sprayer is, or I'm not sure how a 10 gallon hose end sprayer works works. None-the-less, dose anyone have a simple answer to a simple question, HOW MUCH WATER? Can you dilute this so it can be used in a small sprayer attached to my riding tractor?

Actually, he was talking about a 20 gallon sprayer you can find on his website. You mix everything up and add the rest with warm water.Equaling 20 gallons.

He means that the quart container mixes with water as you spray on the settings of 3.6 oz. As you spray you will notice that the tonic will gradually disappear. When the end sprayer bottle is empty you have just sprayed 10 gallons of mixture on your lawn! That is what he means.

The recipe is 36 ounces of tonic to ten gallons of water, which works out to about 3.6 ounces per gallon. The closest I can get with my fine Ortho dail-and-spray is four ounces/gallon, or buy a fixed-rate sprayer that does 3.5 to 4 oz/gallon.

Perfect Mark, This is the info I needed.

MG
Thank you Mark for the excellent info.

Finally. An important question to this equation answered. Thank U Mark.

The next question is just as important. What square footage does this cover?

Is it safe to put on vegetable and flower gardens?

What size area does this mixture for the 10 gallon sprayer cover. how many square feet.

How many days before and after you apply the tonic can you water your lawn?

the sprayer attaches to garden hose ,as the water is turn on and the water runs thru the sprayer it sucks up the tonic from the sprayer in which mixes the right amount of water.If your sprayer has adjustment set it as close to 3.6 oz as possible .as your hose sprays 1 gallon of water then 3.6 oz of tonic mixed with that 1 gallon will go on your lawn.simple?

I have a question. The displacement of 3.6 oz of tonic mixture/gallon of water should cover what recommened square footage??

Thanking in advance for a reply.
Alex

I have a few questions to ask. I am going to try your forumula but was wondering if you water before or after the application.

Do you have to start this at the beginning of the spring season in order for it to work. My lawn is a mess right now is it too late to start using it.

When applying do you just get the grass wet but not puddling.

What size beer cans are you refering to. 12 oz or 16 oz. I used your receipe with 16 oz cans of beer should I have increased the other ingredients from what you have written in the receipe.

What is the benefit of apply in the heat of the day. Won't it burn the grass. Do you have a temperature range for spring or fall. Does it get applied in fall as well.

Thank you for your time in answering my questions. Weebitty

Is anyone montoring this website. I was wondering also if you feed the lawn anything else besides this receipe the rest of the time. Thanks weebitty also see previous post. thank you for your time

I've used this formula 3 times this summer and don't see any improvement in my lawn. I live in chicago and the summer has been mild with temps in the 80's and cool nights and fairly dry. I love that this is a "natural" way to control insects and grubs I just wish it would keep my lawn green. Any suggestions for ingredient changes for my area? More ammonia?

This tonic IS NOT "natural" or "organic" in any way. Ammonia on your lawn? . mouthwash? Soda pop. Definitely not something you should have washing into your soil. Just cuz you can stick it in your gullet, doesn't mean it's good for the environment.

Also, if you applied this stuff every three weeks over the growing season, you would end up spending about $20 per month in "chemicals" which is about $80 for the year. (most of you are not motivated enough to mix and spray every 3 weeks)
If you get a nice organic fert, you will only need to apply it three times per year and the total would be about $60.

What's next, motor oil on the lawn? Sheesh!
lifeandlawns.com
AL

For one what gives you the right to judge people. My GOODNESS people aren't motivated enough to do this. How do you know?? THEY ARE ON HERE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO FOR THIER LAWNS shhss!! And I don't think motor oil is next LULU!! This recipe has been around for a long time and it works!! So stop being so judgemental and keep your mean self to YOUR SELF!! BECAUSE WE (all on this site) DON'T NEED YOUR HATEFULL WORDS!! What are you mr * mrs know it all. Don't think you do myself. Everyone you mix all these ingredients together and get you a little sprayer one that connects to the end of your garden hose and it will mix with the water coming out. You don't have to be precisely right on the amount coming out. No need to water before or after just make sure you water everyday to keep your lawn nice and watered and to help the stuff go down into your lawn, ( DOES NOT HARM THE ENVIROMENT) Because its not enough to do any harm. ma not be organic but its OK!! THANK YOU AND I HOPE EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT AND TOMORROW A BEATIFUL GREEN HEALTHY LAWN, THAT YOU CAN WALK THROUGH BARE FOOT. LOL :) ENJOY!!

I get all of my mixture from the local Dollar store (not the beer) most of the recipe people have in there house. No way this recipe come out to $20 per month. I always have mouthwash,ammonia,soda pop and frig full of beer/s on hand anyway. So this recipe is like free to me. I apply this mixture after a heavy rain. It help the mixture to get in the soil faster and easier.

Did someone say this was "natural" or "organic". least i didnt see any claims like that..
I thought this topic was for some cheap lawn care..
can of pop 50 cents.. 1 beer whats that .. a buck.. half cup of amonia .. 25 cents..
50 cents worth of dishsoap.. 25 cents worth of mouthwash.
If it works well.. That $2.50 sounds like a bargain compaired to other lawn care products i see listed on the shelves.

not so.. Do you have dollar stores in your area? 2 dollars for a big ammonia and 2 bucks for a big mouthwash.. and a couple of bucks for a beer..

wrong. dollar store has all this for less than 20 bucks and makes a seasons worth.

I've heard of this formula before from a co-worker but idn't bother to check out his lawn. I'll try this tomorrow, 17May2009, morning with a sprayer. I just mixed the ingredients in a milk jug. I'll keep all of you posted. Wish me luck!

Hello Remoand happy lawn care!!

As a lawn care professional I cannot see the sense or reason of putting ammonia, beer, soda or mouthwash on a lawn. Seriously. what possible nutritional value is there in this rubbish that a lawn needs or can tolerate.

The dishwahing liquid is OK because it will act in much the same way as Wetting Agents do in breaking down the waxy coating on grains of soil to help the soil retain water more effectively.

If you want a good greening of your lawn then try sulphate of ammonia instead - available where all fertilisers are sold, but a balanced high quality fertiliser with trace elements applied 4-5 times per year is the ideal, accompanied by a wetting agent twice a year.

My Neighor's Yard was in Serious Trouble from year 2012 (Serious Bald Areas, and grass looked embarrassing.) This year, their lawn came around end of May. Their lawn is lush and Rich now. I finally asked my neighbor, what are they doing differently this year because the yard looks Amazing!! I thought he used Miracle Grow lawn food or something? Nope they told me of this mixture. So I went online to see about it and voila, it's here. I mean, really their lawn looks amazingly green and lush. No Bald Spots, Really Nice Now. So there you have it, I'm sold. I've been using lawn services that over Nitrate your lawn, organic iron, water and water, etc. I love curb appeal and I do have it but It's been a struggle for me. So, Yes, I will use this method and I'm sharing. It does work.

To LAWN MOWING professional, is the ammonia sulphate you suggest the same fertilizer that is creating the horrible algae problem in the Great Lakes? I'm looking for something that won't add to an already serious problem created by the run-off from farms and am not sure that ammonia is a safe ingredient.

You're a lawn care professional? And you see no sense in putting ammonia down? Ammonia is high in nitrogen, which is what they put in lawn fertilizer. People, this recipe came from a master gardener named Jerry Baker. I used it for many years and my lawn was the envy of the neighborhood. He also added flea and tick shampoo for dogs to this remedy for obvious reasons.

I love how uneducated people claim the are "professionals" or "experts" and therefore MUST be right, when they have NO idea. LOL. If you understand basic chemistry and chemical reactions, you'll understand how the ammonia breaks down into nice, avaialble form of nitrogen, which your plants need to grow. Harmless once sprayed on the lawn, and very beneficial.
Learn your biology and you'll see the ingredients in the beer make a wonderful food source for the natural microorganisms that live in the soil. These microorganisms are THE key players in whether your plants grow well and healthy or not, so stimulating them is a great thing. The Coke , as long as it is NOT diet, provides sugars that feed the microorganisms as well, and also a phosphorous in the form of phosphoric acid, study Fluid Dynamics and you'll understand why the dish soap reduces surface tension of soil molecules, allowing the mixture to better penetrate, and if your mouthwash is like scope or listerine, they are mostly alcohol, which affects the reproductive cycle of insects. While adding a vast amount of alcohols to your lawn would be a disaster, the small quantity used here is harmless, certainly MUCH less harmless than the ingredients of most commercial non-organic fertilizers. Using Organic fertilizers is always a good thing, but, now that it is "cool" to be "green", there are a lot of shyster hucksters selling their "organic fertilizers" which really aren't organic, or worthwhile, and they want to charge a FORTUNE for that stuff. There are other ingredients that would work better, like blackstrap molasses instead of coke, etc, and you can study and find less expensive ingredients to use. The thing is, you can use the least expensive generic products they are no better or worse than name brands. Both usually come from the same chemical factory in houston or new jersey anyway LOL The reason this may not work so well for you at first is because you may have ruined your soil by spraying fertilizers, pesticides, etc on it for years. you have killled the important constituents living in your soil. It takes time for them to build up to healthy levels again.

So nice to see a SMART PERSON ON HERE. WOW You told it so well!! I have used this and it has worked so good!! But some of these people just act foolish!! So I just wanted to say THANKS to SOMEONE WITH SOME DANG SENSE!! LOL!! Have a Great Night!! I enjoyed your comment so much!! Some people I guess just need it laid out in black and white!! They make me crazy when they talk all this stuff and don't have a clue. I think that its not enough to really harm anything, but really didn't know this all like you put it out. I appreciate it and glad I know all the right facts on this. THANK YOU :))

I have been using this "tonic" with great success for the past three years in the wisconsin area. Thanks

hey wi. we just got a new puppy, i have a cat and an 8 yr old daughter. want to try this organic recipe. our neighbors dog died of poisoning from a lawn care service. with new pup and daughter on the run it's time to go green. ammonia is my concern my pup pulls grass (we are working on it- he's 8 weeks old) do you have pets and kids? if so is it ok to let them on the lawn after it dries or should i water again after appling.i plan to front then back. help i do not want anything to do with commerical anymore and my wi lawn looks awful. lacrosse has sand/clay based lawns 3-6 in. topsoil anything we put on it screams for more but come first wk of dry/hot weather immediately goes dormaint. water barely helps right now. how often have you applied in wi? please reply ammonia pet/child concern. thanks. d in lax

I know others have asked, but how large an area can this 36-ounce mixture treat?

Does anyone know if this is pet safe. My lawn is in need of some serious fertilizing, however, I'm afraid that even some of the "Pet Safe" ones may not be as they say.

Does anyone know about this, would it be ok for dogs ??

I tried the beer tonic on the morning of 17May2009 but instead of using a hose-end sprayer I used a pump sprayer. Unfortunately, I had a disappointing result and my lawn is starting to wither. Does this mixture works on St. Augustine lawn here in Jacksonville, Florida? I'm willing to try it again with a hose-end sprayer but have a few questions. Do I apply it in the morning or before the sun goes down? Should I water my lawn before or after applying the beer tonic. I just bought an Ortho Dial n Spray hose-end sprayer at Lowe's. At what setting should I set the hose-end sprayer? I'll be waiting for your answer to my inquiries.

***You need to use the hose sprayer as directed.***

If you use a pump sprayer, you're only coating the grass leaves with the solution rather than getting the solution into the soil, where the grass plant can use it. Plus, you're sparing it on full strength, I assume, which will only serve to burn the grass.

A 10 gallon hose sprayer is designed to distribute 32 oz. of chemical with 10 gallons of water, or 3.2 oz per gallon. This is a fairly dilute solution that is designed to soak into the ground and reach the thatch and root layers of your lawn to do it's work. Since many of us will likely find an Ortho Dial-a-Spray (R) hose sprayer, you'll need to set the dial to either "3 oz" or "4 oz" per gallon (there is no 3.2 oz) to get that ratio approximately correct.

Now, in terms of coverage, I've seen similar recipes that call for a 20 gallon sprayer to cover 2,000 square feet (e.g. Jerry Baker's tonics). Since this recipe calls for a 10 gallon sprayer, you could interpolate that this recipe will cover approximately 4,000 square feet.

However, I prefer to use the equivalent of a 20 gallon sprayer on 2,000 sf of lawn area to get more water in solution and help it soak in better. Plus, I reduce the chances of burning the lawn with too strong a concentrate. That's especially important here in Central Florida where the sun can scorch a lawn pretty quickly. I'm sure this would help your situation.

In fact, if I were you, I just apply water at that rate to help rinse off your lawn and get that solution into the ground before any more damage occurs.

I use the Dial-a-Sprayer (since that's what's commonly available at the Walmart/Target/etc) to approximate a 20 gallon sprayer. To get the right ratio of solution to water, I fill the Dial-a-Sprayer to the top with 32oz. of solution, then set the dial to either "1 1/2Oz." or "2 Oz." If you want to approximate a 10 gallon sprayer as in this recipe, set it to either "3 oz" or "4 oz" as I mentioned above.

Now, to fix what you've done, water your lawn well and rinse that stuff off the leaves and get it into the ground where it's needed. Do this before any more damage occurs.

is this tonic safe for desert tortous that eat the grass?

Will this tonic kill weeds? Can you use this instead of regular fertilizer and weed control. I currently have a service that applies 4-6 times a year.

How often should this be applied?
How many ounces of the ammonia, dish detergent, and mouth wash?

I know that is 1 can of beer and 1 can of coke.

4 oz each of ammonia, dish detergent and mouthwash (1 cup = 8 oz, so 1/2 cup = 4 oz.). Set your hose end sprayer to 3 oz/gallon to be on the safe side.

Its July 30, 2009 at 9:24 pm, I used Ortho Dial-N-Spray hose-end sprayer set at 3 oz to spray my St. Augustine lawn with the following mixture: a 16 oz Milwaukee's Best Ice beer, a 12 oz Coke, 1/2 cup of ammonia, 1/2 cup of Scope Original Mint mouthwash and a 1/2 cup of Dawn Ultra Concentrated Original Scent dishwashing liquid. After I sprayed my lawn with the mixture, I watered my lawn for 30 minutes. It rained earlier this afternoon here in Jacksonville, FL with an average temp of mid 70s to high 80s. I hope I covered all bases and provided everybody useful information. I'll be back for further updates.

I was just wondering if dawn has a degreaser in the soap. Jimmy Baker says to stay clear of dish soap with antibacterials and degreasers.

Sorry I meant Jerry Baker. check it out.

I just tried this formula for the first time. I would like to know what the coverage area is for the lawn tonic?

I have either algae or fungus growing in my back yard. It looks like my grass is dying but it isnt. It has a goldest color to it and when i cut the grass you can see the goldest flying in the air. Is there anything that I can do to get rid of this. Thanks.

I revisited this story about Lawn Tonic on AOL this morning, I'd seen it earlier in the year and bought all the ingredients for it but had not used it yet.

I fed my lawn in May with Bandini Blade with herbicide, my lawn is weed free and has stayed green, I also set my mower blades up which was recommended in the same article and this has helped immensely to aid in a thicker greener lawn.

I have a 12 year old Chocolate Lab and I'm concerned about using chemicals especially herbicide or insecticides on my lawn so this has to be better, doesn't sound like there is anything in it that could be harmful. I will hopefully come back in a couple of weeks with good results.

Thank you for this blog, it's answered many questions I had that I was just guessing at before.

I've been using these recipes for years, and here's where they originated from:

Enough with all the hypotheses - go to this site and all your questions will be answered.

From pahrump, nv. Got the recipe from my friends dad,gonna try it tomorrow morning! By the way my friends dad's lawn looks great and it just snowed out here a week ago
And my friends dad said his grass is barely blooming ,he insists it will b even greener in a few more weeks. So I'm gonna put it to the test!! Will get back to y'all and let u know the results! :)

I've done this for years and it works wonders, however, one full can of beer is a bit much. I typically remove one swig before starting.

I used this mixture many years ago, but I recall there was Epsom salt in the mix. Am I delusional, I do use ES once a year in granular form, but adding it to the mix sounds okay. Any thoughts? Nancy

Here is Jerry Baker using a simular recipe, he explains it well:

I went to fred's and brought one of there hose end sprayers. You can attatch this one to the sprinkler and go back and refill it when it is empty this workrd best for me.

Could some one please tell me if the ammonia in the tonic will kill your lawn .


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Comments

What can you add to melt and pour soap to make the bar harder?

I was surprised to see that you add 4 tablespoons of sodium lactate to your recipe. Everything I’ve read says 1 teaspoon per pound of oil. Maybe that’s why sodium lactate made not a bit of difference in my soap!

Thank you very much Debra.

Can you give me the complete reciepe of a beauty soap?Thank you and God bless.

Hi Lourdes! You can see the recipe here on DIY Natural if you look up Handmade Natural Soap For Hands and Body. And if you go to How To Make Soap: Weight VS Volume Measurement, also here at DIY Natural, you can see the weights of the measurements that I used. This recipe is the one I use for every bar of soap I make, changing only the additives.

What makes the soap lather?

Most oils don’t lather much on their own, Delberta. By adding coconut oil to a recipe, you get nice fluffy lather. I use a ratio of between 25-33%. Too much coconut oil in a recipe can cause too much lather, thus drying out your skin as it pulls too much moisture out of it. Incidentally, lather isn’t necessary for soap to work. It’s just a thing that we’re all used to now.

Lard that collects on top of beef bone broth (after cooking and cooling bones), makes a very hard soap. It doesn’t lather as well as my coconut oil soap, but it works.

I love using lard, Priscilla! In my recipes it makes a nice fluffy lather, but I use it along with coconut oil. I’ll have to try it by itself sometime. They say the tallow that comes from around the organs, like kidneys, makes the hardest soaps. Let’s put it to the test!

Do you sell goat milk soap without perfumes or oatmeal no oils..I’m looking for pure goats milk soap for my face

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Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and treat weeds at the sunniest time of day for best results.

When looking for a natural alternative to herbicides, a cocktail of vinegar, salt and liquid dish soap has all of the ingredients needed to quickly kill weeds. Acetic acid in the vinegar and the salt are both very good at drawing moisture from weeds. Dish soap acts as a surfactant, which is an agent that will reduce the surface tension that can cause the weed-killing concoction to bead on the leaves instead of being absorbed by the plant. On a warm, sunny day, the results of this homemade spray will be obvious in a matter of hours as weeds turn brown and wither.

Depending on the weeds and the season, the results can be speedy and effective. But there are downsides. Unlike some chemical solutions, this formula is not built to work its way into the root system, meaning multiple treatments will probably be necessary to keep weeds at bay. Additionally, when looking for a quick fix, sunshine makes a big difference and the 5 percent acetic acid in most household vinegars may fall short of expectations against hardier weeds.

Shortcomings aside, keeping a spray bottle of this homemade solution on hand is an inexpensive and often effective weapon against weeds that may pop up along walkways, fences or house foundations. Spray the targeted weeds and avoid dousing the soil or nearby plants. This weed killer doesn't have its Master Gardener certification and can't tell the difference between weeds and the plants you'd prefer to keep around.


How to Make Soap Bubbles for Your Children

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Watching bubbles float on the wind and burst is a summertime pleasure every child enjoys. You could buy a bottle of bubble solution and a wand at the store, but it's just as simple to make bubbles using materials you already have at home. Read on to learn how to make your own soap bubble solution and wand.

  • Liquid dish soap. This makes a great bubble base, and it's something you probably already have on hand.
  • Body wash or shampoo. These may not be quite as sudsy as liquid dish soap, but they should still work fine for making bubbles.
  • All natural laundry detergent. Stay away from commercially-produced detergent, which may not be safe for kids to use. Chemical-free laundry detergent can be found at health food stores.

  • Add a little sugar, corn syrup, or starch to the mixture. This causes the bubbles to be a little thicker, which results in longer-lasting bubbles.
  • Add some food coloring. You can separate the solution into a few different containers and make different colored bubbles.
  • Add some fun decorative ingredients. Have your kids find out whether you can make bubbles with glitter, small flower petals, and other tiny ingredients. Which ones make the bubbles pop?

  • Bend the top section of a pipe cleaner into a circle shape, then bend the tip of the circle around the shaft of the pipe cleaner to create a wand.
  • If you have old egg-dying supplies lying around, you can use the circular egg dipper as a wand.
  • Bend a straw into a wand shape, and fasten the circular part with a piece of tape.

  • Straighten out a wire coat hanger. You may need a pair of pliers to untwist the top of the wire.
  • Bend one end of the wire into a large circle shape, then fasten the tip of the circle to the straight part of the wire by bending it with pliers.
  • Wrap mesh or wire netting, like chicken wire, around the circle. Use the pliers to bend it in place.

  • If you're using bubbles with food coloring, be sure not to blow them inside, since they may stain furniture and carpets.
  • To make lots of tiny bubbles, get a good amount of solution on the wand and blow with extra force.

  • Try running with the giant bubble blower to make a larger bubble.
  • Stand in a high spot, like at the top of your porch steps, and make a big bubble that floats gently to the ground. It will last longer this way.
  1. Instead of sugar, you can use glycerin to make bubbles lasts longer.
    • You can buy glycerin at most drug stores.
  2. Try making your bubble wand in different shapes or sizes. What works best?


Soap names, creative

Creative soap names could be just as hard as coming up with a soap business name. Although changing a soap name is way easier. And yes, names do make a big difference. For instance, is your soap ‘for something’ or ‘against something’ or ‘for someone specific’?

Seriously? apparently it smells like banana

For instance, I had a natural bug repellent bar entitled Entomophobia (fear of insects), and another soap maker from out of town came in, looked around, and introduced himself. He said that he made a bug repellent soap too, and called it Mountain Man. Now think of both of these names, Entomophobia and Mountain Man. Entomophobia sounds like science, and creates curiosity, all by using a name that suggests someone that does not like bugs biting them. The second name, Mountain Man conjures up an image of the dirty smelly man that just came into town from living in the mountains. Which sounds more appealing to you?

Perhaps I’m old fashioned, or maybe I’m just not rude and don’t want to read any of this out to my kids. Crass is not a selling feature, quality is.

My unscented, all natural soap, had a few different names. This is one soap that people say that they want with no scent, yet over and over, it was this bar that never sold very well. This is probably why of the unscented bars that other soap makers have made did have a hint of scent, being lavender and chamomile.

My creative soap names:

Below are lists of soap bar names that I had, or tried, for specific bars over the years, AND soap names and their scents where I stuck with the first name because it worked. Also, soap bar names that are exact, such as Lemongrass, sell better than if you try to come up with something unrelated or semi-related, like Morning Fresh or Citrus Moon:

Unscented: (doesn’t matter what you call it, it’s not popular, lol)

Tropical type of bars:

  • Life’s a Beach (top ten bar with mango, papaya, coconut, and jasmine)
  • Just Beachy (same as above)
  • Cuba Libre, (like a drink with bay rum, lime and coke)
  • Mambo #5 (from the old song with lime, mango, papaya and coconut)
  • Coconut (with the toasted coconut scent, more popular than non-toasted scent)
  • Pina Colada (mango, papaya, coconut and pineapple)

Anise (has a licorice scent):

  • Anise
  • Kitchen Bar
  • Odor Eater
  • Fishermens Bar
  • Camouflage
  • Zambooka
  • Anti-Garlic

Bug Repellent:

Blackberry Orange:

Chocolate Chai:

Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh:

A lot of the other bars sold nicely with their scent names like:

  • Lavender (another top ten bar)
  • Raspberry
  • Lemon-Berry, combo of lemongrass and blackberry (Top Ten bar)

Beer soap:

Blackberry and Jasmine: Jazzberry

Orange, cinnamon and cloves:

Rose:

How to make your own soap labels here, lots a great ideas.

Here is a great blog post on what may matter when naming a product!

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  2. Dairion

    In it something is. Thanks for the tip, how can I thank you?

  3. Letitia

    What talented idea



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