Ok so you can not actually stop washing up. Unless you eat off paper plates we need clean ones. I must admit though, washing up is one of my most hated jobs! Apart from the fact i have a back which reeks havoc when i stand for too long, i find it the most boring chore of the whole house! It is so repetitive, the same plates, the same cups, not helped by the fact i have a hubby who uses every pot, pan and plate when cooking and leaves out for me to clean the following morning!
This morning i had an unexpected call from my landlord. She was coming round with a plumber to do my gas check. Fair enough but cue "the mad 20 minute clean up!" OK i had a cup of tea first but as soon as the last drop had passed my lips, i was up and whizzing about from one room to another. I had become......
I know, its cheesy :) But we have all done it. A visitor is coming so we go on a mad dash, a clean up so fast that it puts Superman himself to shame! About 10 mins into this clean up i realised i had no washing up liquid. My daily Mount Everest sized pile of dishes awaited me but i couldn't find my purse, my landlord was about 15 mins away and that needed to be done. This is a regular thing, it happens at least once a month. I need to magically make space appear for a dishwasher!
What would you do? Shove it all under the sink? Black bag it? Hide it in the bath? Usually i would do one of the above but i didn't have the storage space nor the energy by this point to run up the stairs. It was then i remembered i had a whole cupboard full of ingredients which would do the job just fine.
I assume after you read the title you would (and rightly so) expect a list of things to use as an alternative to washing up liquid. Here is 6 alternatives....
- Lemon Juice
I always, without fail have a bottle of this stuff in the cupboard and have a handful in the fridge ready to cut open and use. Lemon is fantastic at breaking down grease and getting rid of the more stubborn stains, and great for polishing up stainless steel pans. You can add lemon juice to the water but the most effective method for the more more caked on stains, i have found is to cut a lemon in half, sprinkle on a little baking soda and use the lemon as a dishcloth. You will end up with lovely smelling hands too!
*If you have a dishwasher, placing a cup of lemon juice in the bottom of an empty dishwasher and placing it on rinse will freshen your dishwasher up*
- Baking soda and white vinegar
2 more items very commonly found in my cupboards! I have used this many times before and found it to be great with glassware in particular. Simply fill the sink with hot water and add 2 tbsp baking soda and 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Wash your dishes as usual.
- Soda Crystals
I must stress that soda crystals are NOT suitable for aluminum pans! I have no idea why, does anyone know? My nan made sure i was very aware of this before i used it :) Simply add a tbsp or 2 to hot water and wash your dishes as normal. Rinse thoroughly though. Soda crystals are brilliant for burnt on stains and can be left soaking overnight in some water.
I admit i have not tried this one but according to the world wide web, a very small amount does the job fine. (Bubble bath apparently does too) Rinse thoroughly when done to remove any residue which may remain.
- Washing powder (biological is better)
I have tried this one. It done the job just fine. Fill your sink with hot water and add 1 tsp of washing powder. I also added lemon juice to the water but that it personal preference. Rinse well when done to remove any residue.
I will do a separate post about this as it is amazing! I am really big on my homemade cleaners but this is the new zoflora to me! It is a very versatile all purpose cleaner which can be used for many many things. Just 1 tiny drop is needed. If you haven't heard of this before, it is £1 in Wilkinsons or the 99p shop and £1.50 in Asda for a bottle. I promise it is worth it. It is cheap, cleans everything and lasts for ages!
Here is the link to a bottle in Wilkinsons for those who have never seen it before.