Dish Soap in a Spray Bottle

January 28, 2014 6 Comments

Dish soap in a spray bottle?

Sure. This is an easy way to make your dish soap last longer and possibly simplify washing dishes.

dish soap in a spray bottle image

Now that my bottle-washing days are over, I usually only have a few items to wash by hand so it doesn’t merit filling up the sink with soapy water. I rinse, plop some dish soap on, sometimes need to add a bit of water, scrub, rinse, dry. Done.

Did you know that many manufacturers use containers that dispense larger amounts of product than needed? That way you’ll run out faster and buy more. Dish soap is highly concentrated and you only really need small amounts at a time.

dish soap bottle and sponges

I am pretty conscious about the amount of soap I use, but I noticed that some other people just pour it on, especially my husband. But, hey, when he’s helping with the dishes I don’t complain!

With this little idea you have soapy water in the spray bottle. Just shake, spray the soapy water on, scrub, rinse with hot water, dry. Done.

dish soap into the spray bottle

I have been doing it this way for several months now. I find that we use less dish soap and maybe even a bit less water. As a result, I’m probably saving a little bit of money and every little bit helps. I just keep filling up the spray bottle!

Since dish soap isn’t that expensive, you might not care to try this. That’s cool. I just think it is a nice little idea that is worth sharing. I had never thought of it or seen it before. So, there ya go. That’s why I have a small spray bottle by my kitchen sink. :)

spray bottle with soap water with logo

Notes: If it is a greasy dish, I do need more soap than the spray bottle can provide, so I just grab the bottle of dish soap from under the sink. The amount of soap you add to the spray bottle will depend on your preference, the hardness of your water, and your soap. Just start with about 8 drops per 16 oz and determine if you need to add more or not. I got this idea from my friend, Sarah. Thanks, Sarah! She got it from her sister and her sister got it from an old boss.

The small spray bottles that you would use when cutting hair seem to work great for this purpose. I have this spray bottle. You could probably find one at the dollar store or beauty supply store too. See spray bottles on Amazon.

spray bottles collage

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Comments

  1. This is one of those obvious things that i wouldn’t appreciate without a SUPER TERRIFIC older sister to teach me. I didn’t want to buy a spray bottle, and I didn’t have much soap left, so I just filled my dishsoap bottle with water. I don’t even have to squeeze a trigger. Just grab, tip, and scrub away! Thanks Mel!

  2. I heard this several years ago. A news station was talking about germ’s in your home. They were saying to sterilize your wash rag, crocheted wash cloth (NOT SPONGES) after you wash dishes, make sure your wash cloth is WET, not dripping, put it in your microwave for 2 minutes, be careful when taking it out it will be HOT. Your wash cloth is now sterilized. The next day the news station redid the story to make sure the wash cloth is wet, SOME PEOPLE PUT THEM IN THE MICROWAVE DRY. It might cause a fire.

  3. we essentially do this same thing by refilling our foaming dish soap pump with a mix of VERY LITTLE soap and water. Too much soap and it won’t foam up. My hubby usually does the dishes and one pump on the sponge allows him to clean most of the hand wash only stuff.

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