Did you think that dish soap is the miracle solution to clean everything that you own in your home? Not so, and here are a few tips where you just do not use dish soap. Or, if you do, you are on your own, and we told you so (just kidding . . . but seriously, don’t use dish soap in these places) . . . !
What is soap anyway? Not too many people make their own soap anymore, so we might not think too much about what it is actually made up of. Historically, soap was an exceedingly harsh cleanser made by blending lye with animal fat. It is true, and you can even make the same stuff today, if you want. You can buy fat at your grocery store, boil it down to pure lard and then mix it with lye. Lye is a dangerous and potentially toxic substance that you must keep well away from little hands, or even older hands that might not know of its danger. Blend these two ingredients and you have soap. It is a soap that reminds us of the old song, “Grandma’s Lye Soap” that “didn’t suds” and “didn’t foam” but was “good for everything in the home.” That last statement isn’t true any longer, of course, but it could certainly clean well. Today, with our advanced and chemically created fabrics and materials, Grandma’s lye soap would likely destroy fabrics and possibly actually remove entire surfaces rather than clean them. We might listen closely to another line from that funny tune, about Little Herman and brother Therman who made the mistake of washing with the lye soap, “and they haven’t heard a word in years.”
So before you use your own dish soap—which isn’t as harsh as your grandmother’s—on anything, check out the Good Housekeeping website’s list of no-no’s. One of the reasons that we have so many specialized cleansers is because so many materials and fabrics are made with chemically derived components. We no longer wear natural fabrics such as cotton, flax, or leather. Instead, we wear nylon, spandex, and sit on nubuck. Those new materials cannot take the harshness of original soaps and specialized cleansers have been developed to meet those needs. But don’t toss out the dish soap! Just check out where it should not be used.
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