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Things to know before making the switch to AG solid dish soap

We love that people are making the switch everyday to solid dish soap, our hope is to contribute to less plastic being used and dare we say produced and discarded. Did you know that plastic takes more than 400 years to degrade? According to National Geographic, "Of the 8.3 billion metric tons that has been produced, 6.3 billion metric tons has become plastic waste. Of that, only nine percent has been recycled. The vast majority—79 percent—is accumulating in landfills or sloughing off in the natural environment as litter."

Knowing that much of plastic that is produced and used today is no longer being recycled or reborn into new products, we find it necessary to create products that are plastic free with circular design elements. Products that have multiple lifecycles that can be used again and again. 

 

There's a few things you should know about solid dish soap versus liquid dish soap, here's a few Q&A's to help you make an informed switch. 

Why does solid dish soap have low bubbles? 
Great question!! Dish soap contains an active cleaning agent in the form of a surfactant. Sufactants do not naturally create an overage of bubbles on their own. When adding water the surface tension of water molecules is reduced and cleaning agents begin to penetrate and dissolve and clean the surface of the item you are cleaning. Commercial liquid dish soaps generally include an added chemical, specifically added to create more bubbles to create the illusion of a better cleaning product, however the added ingredient is not an active cleaning agent and does not improve the performance of the product.

Can't I just use any solid soap bar to clean my dishes? 

Yes, you certainly can. In fact the Savon de Marseille Cube has been marketed this way for decades. You'll see many new makers, popping up and marketing a basic cold process soap bar (look for "lye" or "saponified oils" in the ingredients) as a dish soap solid bar. They are not the same.

Cold process basic soap bars are made with gentle ingredients for your skin, not for your pots. Be weary when comparing pricing of a cold process soap bar being marketed as a dish soap. Ingredients and performance are simply not comparable. If you want cleaning power in the kitchen, go with a solid dish soap bar that is made from natural plant derived sufractants and ingredients that will work overtime on your pots and dishes.  Save the cold process soap bar for the shower. 


Why is solid dish soap so hard?
Simply put, it is concentrated and starts to live its best life when you add water to the bar and begin using. Solid dish soap takes some time and patience to get used to but we believe the payoff is one less plastic bottle.

Will Solid Dish Soap leave a film? 

Our formula includes vinegar to help with that squeaky clean shiny finish, when calcium is higher in tap water regionally a few extra rinses is necessary. 

Can I soak my dishes and pots?

Yes, definitely! You can either hold the soap under running water and allow the soapy water to run into your soaking dish or pan or you can add a few chunks of the solid dish soap to a glass bottle with hot water, the soap will begin to dissolve. This is a great way to have a liquid option for soaking, ready when you are. 

Can your soap be used for stains on fabric?

Yes! Believe it or not, we've used our soap on carpets and fabric and it's worked fabulously in getting out stains. We recommend not using on delicates and always perform a small test before using. 

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