The Dish Cleaning Hack You Didn't Know You Needed

Why haven't I been doing this the whole time?

Cropped Image Of Hands Washing Cups In Sink
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Dish washing can be an extremely monotonous task—rinse, soap, scrub, rinse, dry, repeat—and it often leaves your hands dried-out and irritated. The culprit in this equation is the dish soap, which can often be way too harsh to be using on our hands nonstop. So what can make this arduous task (slightly) more enjoyable, beyond hiring a housecleaner?

A sustainable living Instagram account Simply Living Well, which boasts 177,000 followers, actually posted the answer to our pleas back in August, which Real Simple just brought to our attention. Her dish-washing hack? Use bar soap to wash your dishes—not the regular liquid dish soap we get from our local grocery stores.

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Savon de Marseille Soap

The Simply Living Well account holder, Julia, says that her bar of dish-washing soap lasted an entire month. "I don't care if I never use dish soap again," Julia posted to her Instagram. "It’s sudsy, nontoxic, easy to use, gentle on the skin, and comes plastic-package free. I just rub my hand brush on it and go to town on my dishes."

One account even commented, "To me, there’s something so lovely about the simplicity of using ONE product for everything— dishes, bath, shampoo, house cleaning, washing the dog, etc. I just love that."

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I just finished a month of using bar soap for dishwashing, and I must say I‘m sold - I don’t care if I never see liquid dish soap again. The block I’ve been using is an olive oil based soap, much like the traditional Savon de Marseille that’s been made and used in the Mediterranean for a thousand years. It’s sudsy, nontoxic, easy to use, gentle on the skin, and comes plastic-package free. I just rub my hand brush in it and go to town on my dishes. It’s pretty too! I’ll tag a few shops that sell Savon de Marseille - no affiliation with them, I just know someone will ask for recommendations. Also, this soap usually comes in two colors. The greenish blocks are made of olive oil; the white ones are sometimes made of palm oil. So if that’s important to you, be sure to peep at the ingredients. ••• And thank you, @mamaeatsplants, @zerowastechica, and @thelittleredheart for always inspiring me. I learn so much from all of you! ♥️

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Recommended by the sustainability-focused Insta account, Bring Your Own Long Beach sells $10 bars of soaps that are perfect for washing your dishes. They're safe to use on your skin—including your face—and are nonirritating, hypoallergenic, and even recommended by dermatologists in cases of eczema, psoriasis, and dry skin.

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