You can wash dishes with soap

Washing dishes with soap: tips & tricks

Dishwashing with soap: This is plastic-free and optionally also vegan. But there are a few things to keep in mind.

Clean. Industry really pampers us: conventional detergents roll off glasses without leaving streaks, making our lives easier. It's a little different with soap. The Heiligkreuzer dishwashing soap is palm oil-free, 100% biodegradable and plastic-free, but every now and then you have to give a little help to ensure that the dishwasher is successful.

In the beginning it usually works very well. The dishes are clean, even glasses are hardly stained. We should remember this when solving problems that arise, because it shows that it works in principle.

After a few days or weeks, the following can happen: A kind of film forms on stainless steel or glass. If we use a natural sponge or a dishcloth, they will feel like greasy and the dishes will no longer be properly clean.

Excursus: lime soap

A bit of chemistry: When water and soap come together, the so-called lime soap is formed from the lime in the tap water and the soap. You may also be familiar with these deposits from the washbasin or bathtub when you use soap.

The more calcareous the tap water, the more the deposits are formed. However, they can also be easily removed again, for example with vinegar or citric acid. Both can also be used to descale pots, kettles or coffee machines.

Smear on the dishes

When washing the dishes, this limescale soap is not only created in the sink, it also adheres to our cleaning utensils, for example on a sponge or dishcloth. When we then use it to wash dishes, we actually rub this lime soap coating back onto our plates and cups.

Regular maintenance

Right now we should remember that it worked in the beginning when our sponges and cloths were still new and clean. In practice this means: take care of your sponges and rags regularly.

Put them in the washing machine regularly or take a bowl of water, add a little vinegar and leave the dishcloth or sponge in it overnight and then wash everything out again.

Option washing machine

A dishcloth made of natural linen, as you can find it here in the shop, can also withstand higher temperatures when washing. Please do not use a natural sponge for whites, but for colored laundry at 30 or 40 degrees.

In fact, linen towels or natural sponges don't start to smell as quickly as many of the conventional dishcloths made from synthetic fibers. Therefore, one often does not even think about the fact that these natural materials also need care.

"Degrease" dishes

If it actually happened and glasses, cutlery or metal parts became greasy and sticky when washing with soap as described above, a little vinegar will help here too.

Just take an inexpensive one from the supermarket. Either put it pure on a (clean) cloth or a sponge and remove the deposits. Or prepare a mixture of water and a little vinegar in a bowl, dipping a sponge or dishcloth into each. You can clean your sink just as easily.

Clean glasses option

If you have a feudal kitchen with two sinks, you can make soapy water in one for washing up and use the other as a sort of rinse aid.

Fill it with a bit of water and some cheap vinegar or citric acid. The dishes and glasses will then develop fewer stains, but you still have to dry them. Preferably promptly.

Use soap flakes for fewer dishes

If you live alone and never really have a lot of dishes, you might just wash most of them off under running water. If you use soap flakes, here's a tip: take a small bowl the size of a cereal bowl, fill it with water and add a few soap flakes so that everything becomes milky.

Place the bowl next to your sink and simply dip your sponge or cloth into it and then rinse with it. The soap flakes dissolve very quickly in warm water, often you don't even have to stir. If there is anything left in the bowl, just leave it in it until the next time or until the next day and then keep using it. No germs develop in the soapy water that quickly.

To the Heiligkreuzer cleaning, washing and dish soap in the online shop.


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