Unscented Liquid Dish Soap Concentrate!
I was excited when my purchase arrived and was relieved there was no leakage, something mentioned in other reviews. Perhaps the cold weather was a factor in the successful delivery? Whatever the case, I open the box and was pleased to see the tubes were much larger than I expected - bonus! - and, after perusing the instructions, I began to make my first batch of soap.
A review had mentioned it was a messy process but I had no difficulty. I cut the end off the tube, placed it upside down in the top of an old plastic bottle I'd decided to re-purpose, and let it sit for a while thinking gravity would do the work. Some of the concentrate began to drip out...eventually. (It is a very thick liquid!) Wanting to hurry the process along, I began to carefully squeeze it like a toothpaste tube starting at the one end and the slowly working my way down. It was a simple, no mess procedure. I added the required liquid and, after capping the bottle, gave it a thorough shake before setting it aside to thicken.
I wondered if I had really squeezed all the concentrate from the tube so I slit it length wise and checked. There was surprisingly little residue left but I used a spoon to scrape it off and maybe got 1/8 tsp of soap. I decided to do a batch of dishes with what I'd scraped off, being curious as to how well it worked. (I also swished the wax tube about in the water later to ensure there was no soap wasted.)
The scrapings created a nice amount of suds. It wasn't as much as with traditional soap but I knew that was to be expected. The important part was the dishes were sparkling clean. Even the plastic Tupperware container squeaked so the soap was doing its job!
I'd purchased the non-scented soap and there was only a minor odor, sort of an old-fashioned scent that I found pleasant. My hands tend to be dry and I *think* they felt less dry than usual after doing the dishes so that was another plus.
Only two things are keeping me from giving this product the full five stars. The first is the fact the soap seems to separate as it sits. If I don't shake it before each use, I seem to get more water than soap. My kitchen is quite cool - Canadian winter is approaching - so maybe that is the problem. Shaking the bottle first isn't difficult to do but it's something I will have to get used to doing.
The second is the cost. At almost $7 a tube, it only made a little over 1.5 cups of soap which is pricey. Having said that, I do think you can do more dishes with less so it should last longer and we do have to recognize that saving the environment comes at a cost. Also, a new business can't produce their product in the large, cost-saving quantities that big business can Hopefully as the product grows in popularity the price will go down.
Purchased the hand soap and the dish soap at the same time, using the mason jar dispensers. Both look the same when mixed. Hand soap is very slippery, and a little goes a long way. Hand soap also has a stronger, sweeter smell. Dish soap needs a few more pumps, and viscosity is markedly different. Not sure if it's not just elbow grease that cleans the dishes, or if it is truly the help of the soap. You don't see oils disperse like dawn when etee is added to water. I made the mistake of placing my order in the heat of summer--the beeswax containers leached a bit and left a big oil stain on the shipping container (IMHO I would save up and order when it's colder out, particularly if your mail sits in a hot metal box waiting for you to pick it up). Absolutely love the hand soap; a push for the dish.
I've been pleasantly surprised that your dish washing liquid checks all the boxes for me. I've been a Dawn fan for years but I'm so over the plastic and my biggest concern was - could your product really clean as well and be tough on grease? Yes it can. It mixed easily and I even found the mason jar locally so it was handy too. True, it doesn't suds quite as much but that is certainly not a deal killer when you consider all the other positives. I also love the sponge with the loofah scrubber on one side - effective and also environmentally friendly. I'll definitely be buying again along with trying some of your other products. And I'll share with FB friends as I always do about these great finds.
"I used a finished mrs Meyers bottle. I didn't say I swapped it out (with etee dish soap) and got rave reviews from my mom who thought I bought a new formula or something lol!" - Michelle S
YOUR DISH SOAP | OUR PLANET
Plastic-free dish soap? Say it ain't so! etee's team of innovators have created a wax based pod that holds our concentrated dish soap so that you can wave goodbye to the plastic dish soap bottles in the grocery aisle - see ya later!
Each biodegradable pod holds our all-natural, bio-based concentrated dish soap and is made with 100% plant-based ingredients. Free from SLS, Phthalates, Sulphites, Sulphates, Synthetics, Colourants and Fragrance.
Each soap pod makes 400 ml / 13.5 oz of dish soap.
These plastic-free pods are handmade in our Toronto area shop, so you can trust that not only are our employees fairly treated, they're also free to goof it up from time to time. We kept it local with getting someone in the Toronto area to formulate our dish soap concentrate, too!
How to Make Your Plastic-Free Dish Soap
Simply fill a dispenser or jar with 375 ml (12.7 oz) of water. Rip open your pod of concentrated dish soap over the jar and squeeze the soap into the water. Stir the mixture, cover with a lid or cap and give the dispenser a good shake. Let it sit for an hour before first use. Dispose the pod in the compost or garbage (rest assured it'll biodegrade in either). Squirt some soap into your sink of water or onto a dish cloth and clean those dishes like a pro. Rinse any soap from your dishes using hot water and for best results dry them with a clean cloth after you're done.
alcohol ethoxylate (plant-derived grease-cutting agent), polyglucoside (plant-derived cleaning agent), amine oxide (plant-derived cleaning agent), hydroxyethylcellulose (plant-derived viscosity modifier)
"Mine arrived in perfect shape. I used a few drops on a wet cloth to wash off lipstick on a glass. Wiped off easily. What I loved is unlike some of the leading dishsoaps I didn't need to rinse with a ton of water. Who want soap residues in their Pinot Grigio!" - Diane R
"We’ve been using the liquid soap now for a bit and this is what I think: Works REALLY WELL, like REALLY well: cleans up all the buttery/oily messes we’ve had so far without leaving any greasy residue; bubbles up nicely with the Swedish dish cloth/ luffa sponge (Also, I LOVE THIS SPONGE ITS AWESOME!!); Dispenses out of the spout well and doesn’t clog it up the way I was worried it would..." - Annie B
"I've gotten to use the soap and scrubby a few times now. I used to fill my sink with water and squirt a bunch of soap in. In an effort to use less water, I switched to a plastic scrubby brush that you fill with soap. I found that the head needed frequent replacing and that I wasted a lot of soap which leaked out between uses. The etee soap has been a perfect solution. I find that it works great and you really only need a small amount... I'm hoping not to buy any other dish soap." - Jessica P