Apartment Therapy, through a first-person post, intimates that many of us use too much dish soap. I suspect that's right.
One of my core assumptions is that the first step to an environmentally sustainable common life is to use what we need, not use what we think we need or have been lead to believe we need. You can enjoy the same or similar quality of life using less, but who's going to sell that? Even green manufacturers want to move product.
- use one-half to three-quarters the amount of dishwasher detergent as recommended.
- use one-half the laundry detergent, or two tablespoons of a mixture of equal parts (by volume) of borax, washing soda and finely grated household soap
- use a foaming dispenser for hand washing in the kitchen and bath, with liquid soap diluted 4:1.
- use less shampoo, which still gets my hair clean (without shampoo-horn-quality lather, I admit)
I don't notice the difference apart from buying less. I think my Grandmothers would approve, that being my touchstone for such economies.