If you’ve read my post on laundry soap and household cleaners, then you already know why I’ve decided to switch to homemade cleaning products, and ditch the detergents. It’s the same story for commercial dish detergents–they’re laden with chemicals and toxic for us and the environment.
Conveniently, if you’ve decided to make my homemade laundry soap then you already have most of the ingredients to make dish soap.
Like the laundry soap and cleaners, the switch to homemade dish soap will take a little getting used to. Homemade dish soap is not as ‘sudsy’ as the store-bought detergents, but trust me when I say this, it gets the job done!
And after all, what matters most is how clean the dishes come out, not how many bubbles you have in the sink, right? (I just asked my husband this question and he said “no, I love the bubbles” — *sigh*)
This being said, I’ve tried a lot of dish soap recipes, and this one that I’ve concocted is definitely the sudsiest.
If you’re looking for a homemade, inexpensive, non-toxic and eco-friendly dish soap, then I’m confident you’ll enjoy this recipe.
* Note: Since this post was first published, I’ve changed the recipe slightly to improve it.
- 3 cups Water
- 2 tbsp Grated Soap (homemade or Dr. Bronner's are great options)
- 1 tbsp Washing Soda
- ¼ cup Castile Soap
- 2 tbsp Vegetable Glycerin
- 10-15 drops Essential Oils (e.g. Lemon, Orange, Lavender, Tea tree)
- Add 3 cups of water to a pot and bring to a boil.
- Turn off heat and stir in grated soap and washing soda. Stir until dissolved.
- Add castile soap and vegetable glycerin.
- Alow the mixture to cool to room temperature before adding essential oils.
- Let the mixture sit at room temperature for 8 hours, or overnight, so that the dish soap has a chance to congeal.
- Transfer to a soap pump or squeeze bottle.