Monday, February 5, 2007

Dish Detergent and Frugal Living

I got a sample of Dawn dish detergent awhile back but I hadn't used it yet - guess I was waiting for hard times or trying a new method of being frugal. Just for fun, I tried to see how long I could make it last. Wow.

I've washed dishes three times with it now and there looks to be at least enough for twice more, maybe three times. That's from a "one use" sample. How much do they want us to waste, anyway??

I wash dishes by hand in a large stainless steel bowl that's still smaller than a standard dishpan (if there is such a thing), so it doesn't take as much dish detergent as a sink full of water would. Even with a full sink of water and detergent, it wouldn't take the whole sample's worth.

So, who's the odd one out? The frugal soul who refuses to waste even a freebie, or the generous soul who swishes it downstream without a second thought?


  1. Pat we miss you at About and I for one was delighted to find your blog. You go girl! I thought I was the only one that saved those samples for tough times! There's just something very satisfying about putting your hands into hot soapy water and getting clean dishes out of it. I haven't owned a dishwasher in years and will probably never get one. Keep up the great work.

  2. Hi Charlene! I'm glad you found the blog, too. Thanks for the encouragement.

    I know what you mean about washing dishes. I have never owned a dishwasher and just never wanted to. I know some people feel they don't have time to wash dishes, or really despise doing them, but it's therapy for me. :)

  3. Pat : No mater where you write, you will have a following . Me included .Yes , those little samples are cool. "D wn" With a couple drops of it I can clean my cast iron fry pan in only a few minutes . The only good thing about dishwashers( in my life) was the butcher block top I salvaged from a thrown away Kitchen Aid dish washer ,15 years ago . We still use it as a cutting board .
    Mike K

  4. Pat so glad to see you've set up a frugal blog, the other posters are correct, you'll have a following where ever you go. Keep it going girl. littlemiss63

  5. I so appreciate the encouragement, thanks to all of you.

  6. I missed you at About, I always looked forward to reading your info so finding your blog was the best, now I can continue to gather frugal knowledge!