Gina came up with this brilliant idea. Both us us love the smell of orange + cloves in the cooler months, so we made these for ourselves and made enough to share for the season. These dish soap bars are made with orange peels that we save, grate, and dry ourselves plus ground cloves and some orange essential oil to round out the scent. These bars make doing dishes a joy some days, and at least like less of a chore and more of a relaxing, self-care ritual all days. And using them means removing yet another plastic container from our daily lives. Yay! Seasonal. Available only in the fall and possibly early winter season until they're gone.
Our dish soap bars work best in combination with a dishcloth, loofah, or other dish scrubby thing. The bars aren't as bubbly as commercial dish liquids, so you'll need to adjust your expectations about that. They do, however, smell great and clean really well. Personally I use them to hand wash a few dishes every day--all those cups and plates and flatware that magically didn't make it into the dishwasher, which we are currently fortunate enough to have.
Grandma Del approved. These bars are a waste-reducing product (we turn orange peels once destined for the garbage can into these bars, among other things). All grandmas here would approve of that. And, that said, these are the one and only product we make here that don't contain beloved local plants, flowers, tree branches, buds, herbs, or lichen. So we don't make them year round. They are a special, once-a-year treat. They remind me of my Grandma Del, who told us so many stories of her rural childhood and about the pure joy of receiving a single orange for Christmas in rural South Dakota when she was a child. Oranges are--and always will be for me--a special treat. Thank you, Grandma Del!
Storage and life of the bar: To extend the life of the bar, store it where it can dry quickly after use and where it doesn't receive regular spray from the faucet. We store ours on a draining dish beside the sink. My own trick is storing the new bar standing on one of its narrow ends at first. This makes it easier to get off the dish where it lives after it dries.
Size: These bars are roughly 4 ounces. These are made by hand in small batches and individually hand cut by cool women, not machines. This means bars can vary a tiny bit in size (3.6 - 4.5 oz). We weight them all and keep anything smaller than 3.6 oz for ourselves and our families, to give away as free samples to people who order from us, and to give as gifts to neighbors in need (last year it was soaps to a local homeless shelter and to healthcare frontline staff at my mom's memory care home). We're not machines, people, nor do we want to be. :-)
Ingredients: Organic coconut oil, organic olive oil, hand grated and dried orange peel, ground cloves, sodium hydroxide, and orange essential oil.
Gratitude: Deep bow to orange trees, and sunshine, and mother earth, and every single human who loves, grows, picks, selects, and moves oranges from California to Washington state so we can enjoy and use these in season here. I've tried and failed--three times--to grow my own little citrus trees here in western Washington. Some day we may have a wee green house where I may be able to create the right environment and will get my own tree to thrive and grow! :-) Until then, we use oranges in season, and sparingly, because they and everyone they touch are precious to us.
Packaging: At the moment we wrap our soaps, shampoo bars, and dish soap bars in a small piece of compostable, food-safe paper to ensure safe handling. If you would prefer no packaging at all, just put that in the comments field when you order (or say it when you stop in to my studio to see me), and you'll get them bare naked! If you live off island and we ship them to you, they will still need to show up in a (made of recycled materials) cardboard box. We're magic, but not that magic. Yet. ;-)