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. COURTESY OF BYO LONG BEACH Savon de Marseille Soap byolongbeach.com $12.00 BUY NOW
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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