A good way to cut down your oil consumption and boycott oil companies like BP is to make your own cleaning products. If you can't afford to buy green products in the store you can easily make your own. Here is a recipe for homemade dish soap. It's quick, easy and green.
If every household in the U.S. replaced just one 25-ounce bottle of petroleum based dishwashing liquid soap with a plant-derived product, we could save 86,000 barrels of oil---enough to heat and cool 4,900 U.S. homes for a year.
-source Seventh Generation
Homemade Dish Soap
1. Purchase some liquid castile soap from your local health store. You can buy Dr. Bronner's Magic Pure Castile Classic Soap at Target, Whole Foods or online. Castile soap refers to any soap that is made entirely from vegetable oils.
2. Mix 2 cups of castile soap with 1/2 cup of warm water in a recycled dish soap squeeze bottle.
3. For scented dish soap, add a few drops of essential oils. Dr Bronner's Pure Castile Classic Soaps come in a variety of scents like peppermint, almond, rose, citrus, lavender and tea tree.
4. Shake well before using and enjoy!