Homemade Dish Soap

by Merissa on December 2, 2013

in Make Your Own

Homemade Dish Soap - Little House Living


Homemade Dish Soap

In our efforts to learn how to make everything from scratch, it's time to turn to Homemade Dish Soap. I'm not sure why I haven't explored making this before. I guess since we've been able to buy a few different kinds that we've enjoyed using so far. But it's still good to know how to make it ourselves in-case we ever need to or if we run out of the store boughten stuff. So thus the need for this tutorial! If you just want to buy you dish soap and you are looking for something natural that actually works, I recommend either the Tropical Traditions Dish Soap or the Biokleen Free and Clear Dish Soap. Both work well and are true, non-toxic all natural products. But back on track...making our own homemade Dish Soap. It's really not as difficult as you think it might be! It turns out that you really just need a few ingredients and you can create homemade dish soap at anytime. Let's get started:

Homemade Dish Soap

What You Need:

  • 1 1/2 cups hot Water
  • 1/2 cup Castile Soap (Where to Buy)
  • 1 tablespoon Baking Soda
  • 1 tablespoon grated Bar Soap (Where to Buy)

Homemade Dish Soap

You an use any scent of castile soap. We prefer the Baby Mild Castile Soap from Dr. Bronners since it's unscented. Baking Soda can be picked up from just about anywhere, any kind will do. And for the bar soap you can use any kind you have on hand or that you can pick up from the store (or even Homemade Hand Soap). Remember that if you pick a scented bar soap your homemade Dish Soap will also be scented.

You can also add some essential oils to this mixture if you want to add a little more scent. Here are some good ones to add and what they add to your mixture:

Tea Tree Essential Oil - Antibacterial
Grapefruit Essential Oil - Antibacterial and Antifungal
Peppermint Essential Oil - Antibacterial and Antiseptic
Ginger Essential Oil - Antibacterial and Antiseptic

Homemade Dish Soap

In a large bowl (I have a special one that I save specifically for soap making so our regular dishes don't taste like soap!), add the castile soap, baking soda, grated bar soap, and a few drops of essential oil (if desired). Slowly pour the very hot water over the ingredients in the bowl. Mixing as you pour. (You may need a helper for this!) Stir until all the ingredients are dissolved. Leave the mixture sit on the counter until it's cool. Stir as needed if you find some parts haven't completely dissolved. Add to a container. I've put together this cute liquid soap dispenser using an old ball jar and one of these Mason Jar Soap Pump Kits.

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Are you excited about making soap now? Here are some other soapy projects you can try next!

Homemade Hand Soap
Homemade Bath Soap
Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

Have you ever made your own homemade Dish Soap? Or any other kinds of soaps?

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1 Tara December 2, 2013 at 9:12 am

YES! I can’t wait to try this…we had to go back to the Trader Joe’s dishsoap because the last recipe we tried was kind of a fail…it was castile, water, and lemon juice…you had to use a LOT, and it left the dishes looking dirtier than when we started.

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2 Elise December 2, 2013 at 1:32 pm

This is awesome! I think I’d add a little rosemary essential oil since its antibacterial like tea tree, and I just LOVE the way it smells. :)

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3 Becky December 2, 2013 at 3:02 pm

This would be a great gift idea for my Mom! Thanks!

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4 Cynthia L December 2, 2013 at 7:04 pm

I guess I never really thought about making my own dish soap. Not sure why though. I am going to give it a try – I love Bonners

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5 Shawna December 2, 2013 at 7:05 pm

I’ve had nothing but fails with homemade dish soap.. want to try this though. How does it work with hard water?

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6 Merissa December 2, 2013 at 8:36 pm

We have hard water and it works for us.

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7 Tameka Whipple December 2, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Does this suds up a lot? How long does it usually last?

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8 Merissa December 2, 2013 at 8:36 pm

It suds up a pretty normal amount, maybe not as much as a conventional dish soap but those have sodium laurel sulfate in them. It depends on how often you do dishes! We go through about 32 ounces of dish soap (double this recipe) in a few months.

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9 Tameka Whipple December 3, 2013 at 5:02 pm

I wash dishes everyday, but on weekends sometimes twice. I don’t have a dishwasher, I am the dishwasher..lol.

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10 Pam December 3, 2013 at 2:24 pm

I did not realize they made Mason Jar Pump kits. I will have to look into those more as I have a lot of jars. I know due to the craziness of my schedule, I probably wont get around to making my own dish soap, but happy to know that you have the recipe if I ever have the chance.

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11 Charlene Loftis December 7, 2013 at 10:19 am

Lehmans catalog carries the pump…it attaches to any reg. mouth pint mason style jar.

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12 Amanda Murphy December 3, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Wild Orange and Peppermint together area REALLY NICE!!!!!

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13 debbie donnelly December 3, 2013 at 9:00 pm

I like a dishsoap that cuts the grease,living in a small town sometines you get what is on sale,like the idea, mainly stuff you have on handanxious to try

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14 Jhenna Conway December 4, 2013 at 6:05 am

The only issue is cost of the castile soap… Currently just over $16 at Amazon which makes each batch for recipe above about $2 for just over 1 1/2 cup… Just not really cost effective but great to know how to make it at home just in case :)

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15 Amy January 14, 2014 at 3:59 pm

You can get a 32 oz bottle of peppermint Dr. Bronner’s from Trader Joe’s for $9.99. That’s the only flavor they carry though.

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16 Lori January 14, 2014 at 5:54 pm

I have made laundry soap and love it. So cheap to make! Can’t wait to try this. I use a decorative wine bottle with a liquor pour spout for my dish soap and get many compliments on it. You can find those at Hobby Lobby in the vase area. I have been looking for Dr. Bronner’s castile soap but put off by the price. Thanks Amy for sharing the low cost at Trader Joe’s. I will check there next time I visit my Mom. Have been wanting to try homemade body wash and shampoo too.

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17 LouAnn December 4, 2013 at 10:55 am

I am for making your own dish soap but I wanted to let you know about a great nontoxic, biodegradable dish soap that is so so concentrated that my hubby and I add water to it and a little drop still goes a long way. I also started using it very watered down as in our hand pump dispensers in our bathrooms to wash our hands. It is gentle on the hands and yet great on washing your dishes!
There are other products that are also concentrated that are for putting in spray bottles to clean everything from counters to sinks to floors and windows. I am talking about Shaklee Hand Dish Liquid Concentrate and Basic H Concentrate.
I have used these for years. You can contact me about getting some as I do sell it to help with our family income(as you can also). Of course they have many other products but these are the main ones I use.
Oh, I almost forgot the great cherry pit scrub for cleaning off stoves, black marks on the floor or any other tough spots you have to clean.
And the wonderful water filter that filters out giardia(sp?), all kinds of bugs and sediment to make your cooking and drinking water taste wonderful.
I first got this filter when I lived in an area where I became ill from drinking the
tap water. It had giardia in it. We bought the filter and have taken it with us to
all of our houses as we have lived in since.

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18 Joann Oleary December 6, 2013 at 2:10 pm

I want to know how to make the liquid castile soap. I want to make it all from scratch.

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19 lyssalovesart February 10, 2014 at 5:27 pm
20 Heidi December 6, 2013 at 4:10 pm

reCap at masonjars.com just came out with another wonder–the pump for Mason jars. I already have their reCaps, as well as Cuppow’s drinking lids for Mason jars. Anyway, the pump with them is only $7 and it just came out so I ordered one to see if it is good.

I am thrilled to get this recipe–I am hoping that it works well in our horribly hard water. I have all the ingredients, so as soon as I get the pump, I will make this! I have to confess that even though my BRAIN knows that suds don’t clean dishes, my eyes feel like lack of suds=poor cleaning quality, so as long as the dishes FEEL clean afterwards, I will survive low suds.

Should I also note that I am one of the weirdos that still “washes my dishes before I wash my dishes” (in the dishwasher)? Sigh. Old habits die hard with me!

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21 maggi g December 6, 2013 at 6:48 pm

another great recipe….I just downloaded it to my collection and will make some as soon as I go shopping. thanks.

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22 S.L.Lockhart December 7, 2013 at 5:29 am

I just sent myself this recipe in an email. I am looking forward to trying this recipe as I use a lot of dish detergent daily and I usually use Dawn.
Hope this recipe works as well, or even better than it does so I won’t have to pay the price for it again.
Looking forward to seeing more of these recipes in your blog/fb page.
Thanks for sharing them.

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23 laurie edwards December 7, 2013 at 7:43 pm

i am so glad to have found your site i will be trying your recipe for soap i too use dawn hope it woks as well

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24 laurie edwards December 7, 2013 at 7:44 pm

i am so glad to have found your site i will be trying your recipe for soap i too use dawn hope it woks as well

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25 Doris December 8, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Is it possible to make the liquid Castille soap from a bar of it? I found a recipe for homemade liquid Castille soap online, it involves lye, seems dangerous and way more trouble than it’s worth……

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26 Merissa December 8, 2013 at 2:10 pm

You could make it liquid using something like this method:

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27 lyssalovesart February 10, 2014 at 5:28 pm
28 Kristin December 13, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Love this idea! How simple! Never thought of making my own dishsoap before…but how easy!

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29 Bible Babe January 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm

I have a TON of ZOTE that I got for .29 a bar–could I use that?

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30 Merissa January 4, 2014 at 7:32 pm

That should work. :)

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31 Sandi January 14, 2014 at 11:08 am

I’ve been making my own Laundry soap for a few years now. I love it.
Equal parts of: washing soda, baking soda, borax and grated Dr Bronners bar soap (peppermint smells nice). I’ll never go back to commercial soap powder, those toxic fragrances give me headaches!

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32 Denise January 15, 2014 at 11:36 pm

Sandi,
How much of the bar soap do you use with this recipe ?
I make my own using Fels naphtha soap but
Would like to try yours. Thanks :)

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33 Lorae January 14, 2014 at 11:35 am

I make my own dishwasher detergent. It works better than store-bought name brands. Super simple recipe: I stir together 2 cups Washing Soda, 2 cups Borax. I add 25 drops of Grapefruit essential oil for its antibacterial properties. I put this in a gallon size ziplock Baggie. I use a couple teaspoons per load. I always fill the rinse cup thingy with white vinegar. This works really well with our hard, hard water here on Whidbey Island.

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34 Marie January 14, 2014 at 2:06 pm

I’m making the same laundry soap as Sandi. I love it! It only takes about 2 T. per load. Smells great!

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35 Missy January 15, 2014 at 10:23 pm

I make my own laundry detergent and LOVE it. My question with this is, you show a bar of Dove soap, (which I have to use because of my sensitive skin), but it has moisturizer in it, won’t that stay on your dishes??? Just wandering, I started making my own laundry detergent to save us some money, we are a family of 7, & went thru a LARGE box of Gain in less than a week, in 3 days if my mom gets in there before me, so I had to do something and it works great. I did not however, save money on the homemade Downey, nor did I like the recipe I had for it. I kept cutting it with vinegar cause it made the clothes sticky, like you put too much downy in it. If anyone has a recipe for fabric softner please let me know, willing to try anything to make it easier on my household. :)

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36 Merissa January 16, 2014 at 7:13 am

I actually didn’t have any bar soap on hand but that so it’s in the picture, but I would normally use any inexpensive natural bar soap.

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37 Felicia Prevatt February 2, 2014 at 9:12 am

I think this recipe sounds great. Can you please tell me how much you have to use in a typical load of dishes

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38 Merissa February 2, 2014 at 11:50 am

I usually only need a few pumps from my dispenser for a sink full.

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39 [email protected] February 8, 2014 at 6:10 am

Thank you! Excited to try this

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40 emanda February 19, 2014 at 5:11 pm

What type of bar soap do u use in this recipe?

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41 Merissa February 19, 2014 at 8:52 pm

I usually use a cheap bar of natural glycerin soap.

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42 The best antibacterial bar soap March 5, 2014 at 8:24 am

There are several dangerous chemicals used in cleaning products so becoming educated would be extremely helpful. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post :)

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43 Leslie June 18, 2014 at 8:55 am

Sorry to say this dish soap failed like all the others. No suds, no grease cutting power (Used Dr B’s citrus bar soap, added tea tree & lemon eos). It looked like I was washing dishes in a sink full of dirty water. After trying 4 different recipes for dish soap, I conceded defeat and bought a large bottle of Dawn.

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44 Merissa June 18, 2014 at 2:09 pm

That’s not good, I’m sorry it didn’t work! Most homemade dish soaps (or any homemade soap) won’t produce suds because they don’t have the sulfates in them that generally do that. It should have definitely had some cleaning power though!

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45 Brooke July 22, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Hi! I tried out your homemade dish soap and I really liked it, but it seemed to be a little thin (almost too watery). Have you found that to be the same for you? It made me nervous that it wasn’t cleaning the way it should be.

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46 Merissa July 22, 2014 at 7:57 pm

I haven’t found that it reduces the effectiveness but if you are wanting a bit more of a concentrated product you can reduce the water by 1/4 – 1/2 cup.

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47 Brooke July 26, 2014 at 5:52 am

Great thank you! I’ll try that!

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48 Lindsay September 17, 2014 at 12:05 am

I can’t wait to try this, how much does it make? Thanks!

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