Fresh cut grapefruit with leaves. On wooden table.

DIY Grapefruit Dish Wash Mousse

This recipe is an oldie but a goodie. Sent in by one of our readers, it was given a tweak and first published back in 2014. After giving it a go over the weekend I thought it was time to share it again. It uses Sunlight soap, which has been a staple in NZ kitchens for many years – I remember my Granddad using it daily when he came in from tending his vegetable garden (his favourite thing to do).

The Grapefruit Essential Oil in the recipe helps to cover the slight vinegar smell which is necessary to cut through dish grease when washing up. As with all our natural cleaning liquids and recipes, there won’t be a mass of bubbles in your sink, but don’t worry, they’re actually not necessary to get your dishes clean.

Grapefruit Dish Wash Mousse

1 cup grated sunlight soap
1/2 cup boiling water
1 cup washing soda
1 cup white vinegar
10 drops grapefruit essential oil

I use the food processor, which is what seems to give this the whipped effect but you could try a hand whisk or egg beater. Pour boiling water over the grated soap in the bowl of your food processor and leave for a few moments to soften it. Then add the washing soda, turn on and mix to blend. Add the vinegar while the motor is running and blend in, then add the essential oil. You should have a lovely mousse. Store in a sealed container.

To use this I put about a tablespoon in the water and give it a good swish to dissolve. This won’t bubble but it cleans really well.  *Over time this will become a powder but still works just as well.

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  1. Mine started drying out & becoming crumbly with largish clumps.
    Solution: place dried mousse inside a tea infuser & use it like a soap shaker.
    After each wash up I refill the tea infuser so that I am ready to go.

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    1. Hi, not sure if the recipe will work with crystals as I have only made it with our premium soda ash. None of our recipes call for crystals as they are a completely different texture. Give it a go and let us know how you get one – I’d imagine the quantity would be the same.

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