R Scott wrote:HEY. We still use a machine. It uses WAY less water and energy (heating water) than handwashing for us. We use a mix of baking soda and borax in the soap dispenser and vinegar in the rinse agent dispenser.
Tys Sniffen wrote:
If you're using a machine dishwater (and, really, is anyone on this forum?)
wash your dishes! water your plants! enjoy!
Jay Green wrote:My grandmother washed all her dishes with lye soap and then gave the dishwater to the pigs and chickens. The soap helped keep them worm free and the water was recycled into something good for the soil. Might be time to consider re-using your water in just such a manner to bring all things into a healthy balance.
Jay Green wrote:Interesting information! Good to know indeed!
As a side note...the true symbiosis comes in when one uses the hog lard to make their lye soap...and the recycle is complete.
Anna Carter wrote:Baking soda works, but you might have to adjust for the pH. I for quite some time used plain old baking soda. As long as you don't leave food sticking to them, there won't be anything to mold.
Allan Babb wrote:Degrease - this is dishwashing liquid's primary function. This is why animal rescue organizations use it to rescue oil-soaked animals. I don't really know of a substitute for greasy pots, pans and dishes.
Disinfect - this is a relatively new function. 10-20 years ago everyone went into an antibacterial frenzy, and now here we are.
Get rid of grime, food, etc. - you can do that with water, soaking and a good brush. Rinsing your dishes straight away helps too.
So the short answer is yes, you can wash dishes without soap, unless they're greasy/oily. But I don't think that a pure soap would be a problem to a grey water system outside of ducks sinking. We found out that soapy dishwater is good at killing soft bodied insects because people used to toss old dishwater onto their plants(the original grey water reclamation).