A while back I posted a liquidy dish soap I was happy with. It worked great, but then my next batch left a greasy film on dishes, so I added more lemon juice to the next batch and it was even worse.
What had gone wrong? I did my due diligence Googling until I found this. Apparently, by adding more lemon juice, I’d worsened the problem. In my first batch, I’d used so little lemon juice that I guess not much of the soap had been affected.
My husband requested a good grease-cutting soap (which the first one was, and he agrees, but I haven’t been able to replicate it), so this time I added washing soda instead of lemon juice — too much washing soda if he hard mass I woke up to find is any indication. I just used it to wash a dish I’d melted butter in, though, and, even in its gloppy form, it gets the job done.
I’ll get the hang of it eventually, I’m sure, but now I have to do so before my husband goes out and buys a commercial, plastic-packaged dish soap, which he has every right to do if I can’t create a reasonable facsimile.