Lil'Bit May Chang & Clementine Dish Washing Liquid 500ml
This dishwashing liquid is made in small batches from simple natural and organic ingredients. It’s high-impact on greasy dishes, and zero impact on the environment.
May Chang is a beautiful Australian native oil that smells like lemonade icy poles (honestly), paired with Clementine it will give your home a beautiful, fresh citrus burst.
Certified Organic Castile Soap (Palm Free), Wimmera Pink Salt, Demineralised Water, ACO Certified Organic Essential Oils including Clementine (Citrus Clementina - Citrus Reticulata), May Chang (Litsea Cubeba Fruit)
Squirt 3-4 pumps into hot, running water and sniff!
When you start using natural cleaning products, you need to be ready for the differences between commercial cleaners and the good stuff.
We all associate cleaning with copious amounts of foam and a sink full of suds, but what does it really do, apart from be fun to throw around?
Suds have absolutely no impact on the cleaning power of your dishwashing liquid or laundry powder/liquid. Soap and detergent are very different things, and here’s why.
Egyptians used it to wash themselves and their clothing but by the late 16th century it was being commercialised in France, Spain and Italy. In 1916 a synthetic soap was made and in the aftermath of WWI, soap was becoming scarce so Germany started using this synthetic formula. It was so successful that it started to be exported to the USA, and by the 50s ‘detergent’ was the new thing. Being cheaper and easier to make, soap was soon forgotten.
Soaps and detergents have similar chemical properties, both acting as ‘surfactants’ to make things clean. However, soaps are produced from natural products and detergents are from synthetic ingredients such as Propylene (a petrol waste product), Sodium Hydroxide and Sulphuric Acid to name a few.
The actual foaming property of detergent is due to added foaming agents such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SDS) as well as Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS).
Soaps are preferable to the environment as they are all natural and far less harmful to waterways and aquatic life and are 100% biodegradable. Although less sudsy, they clean just as well and you are not flushing SLES, SDS, and ALS down the drain.
Detergents still have their place in industry, and various steps are being taken to help minimise their environmental impact. But at home, you don’t really need anything that harsh for your dishes and clothes.
As for viscosity, many think that dishwashing liquids need to be thick and gel-like. This plays on the fact that a thicker liquid means 'concentrate'. If its a concentrate it will last longer so I better buy it. Take liquid castile soap, it's pretty thin but cleans beautifully.
The truth is many dishwashing liquids are thickened with nothing but good old salt and sometimes Xanthan gum - neither of which really add to any cleaning power.
You can have a thick, super sudsy dishwashing detergent that does a bad job OR a thinner, low sudsing soap that does a great job.
So there you have it.
Oh, this can also apply to shampoos :)
It most regions of Australia our tap water is considered 'Hard Water'. This means it has some harmless minerals dissolved into it. However, when these minerals dry, they can cause cloudy spots on your glassware. Although totally safe, these get some people in a flap!
Detergents have an artificial additive that stop these tiny spots. Lil' Bit products do not. You can help remove these spots by rinsing your dishes with clean water after washing, and if using a dishwasher, add a little white vinegar to the rinse compartment.
Packaging: PET Recyclable Bottle - We will switch to rPET when a suitable source is found.