How to Make Your Liquid Dish Soap Last Longer

January 17, 2012 by  
Filed under Green Upgrader

Dish Soap

If you do any cooking at home at all, you probably use liquid dish soap. I don’t mean the sort for the dishwasher, but the kind for hand-washing your dishes. Not only do we seem to go through our liquid dish soap quickly, it can be pricey, especially if you’re opting for eco-friendly dish soap.

Whether you make your own liquid dish soap or buy it at the store, it seems to run out at the most inopportune times, doesn’t it? I feel like we make most of the last-minute trips to the store around our house for two things: cat litter and dish soap. You can’t really push it with cat litter, but last time we were out of soap, I found a great way to stretch the bottle for a couple more washings! Here’s how:

  1. Fill the bottle halfway with tap water.
  2. Shake really well.
  3. Apply liberally.

There’s enough soap residue in the bottle to do at least a few more dishes, and maybe more! We “ran out” of soap days ago, and I’m still using the bottle that we refilled. Since the soap is super diluted, it’s going to take a lot more to get a lather going, but it’s all soap that would have otherwise been wasted, so just use lots!

Have you found any simple ways to make things last around the house? I’d love to hear more ideas in the comments!

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by Jek-a-Go-Go

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World says goodbye to an Eco-hero

January 17, 2012 by  
Filed under Eco Street

Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai passed away on Sunday 25th September in Nairobi. She was an inspirational human being who constantly fought for her beliefs and she shows us what a community can achieve when they harness their knowledge and protect their resources.

She created the United Nations Environmental Programme  in 1972 and founding the Kenyan Green Belt Movement in 1977, Wangari inspired a nation to plant 45 million trees in Kenya. The GBM movement continues to plant trees and campaign for education, nutrition and other issues that are important to women. She wrote a number of books, which are available on the GBM website.

She was elected as an MP in Kenya in 2002, and became deputy environment minister in 2003.  In 2004, she was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize for her commitment to sustainability, democracy and peace.

EcoStreet praises Wangari Maathai for her lifelong dedication to our beautiful planet. You are our hero… goodbye, you will be missed!

Why not join the Green Belt Movement tree planters and plant a tree in your neighbourhood because, in Wangari’s words “When we plant trees, we plant the seeds of peace and seeds of hope”.

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