This eco-friendly dishwashing soap can be used for dishes, handwashing, floors, stoves, refrigerators, and sinks. The eucalyptus and mint provide a disinfecting quality as well as a fresh scent.
5 cups grated castile soap
1/2 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon borax
6 cups hot peppermint tea
1 teaspoon eucalyptus essential oil
Put grated soap into a three-quart stainless-steel saucepan and add hot mint tea. Simmer for 15 minutes on low heat. Add baking soda, borax, and eucalyptus oil and remove from heat. Allow to cool, then store in a labeled plastic jug or squirt bottle. Shake before using.
Source: Natural Home Keeping: Simple Recipes for a Naturally Clean Home, excerpted from Herbal Homekeeping by Sandy Maine (Interweave Press, 1999)