Thought you’ve made every DIY project out there? How about Homemade Dish Soap?
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 bought stuff. So thus the need for this tutorial!
If you just want to buy your dish soap and you are looking for something natural that actually works, I recommend Biokleen Free and Clear Dish Soap. It works 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 any time. 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)
You can use any scent of castile soap. We prefer the Unscented Castile Soap from Dr. Jacobs 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
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.
A few notes on Homemade Dish Soap….
I created this recipe back in 2013 and while it DOES work to get my dishes clean, it will not function like a soap that you buy from the store. It does not have any sudsing agents so if you need your soap to have suds for you to think it’s working, this isn’t going to be the soap for you.
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Are you excited about making soap now? Here are some other soapy projects you can try next!
Have you ever made your own homemade Dish Soap? Or any other kinds of soaps?
This blog post on Homemade Dish Soap was originally published on Little House Living in December 2013. It has been updated as of December 2020.