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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Home Made Dish Soap--Three Easy Recipes

As I was flying around town today trying to squeeze six hours worth of errands into two, I happened upon a casual acquaintance I hadn't seen in quite some time.  She's a fellow couponer and Modern Pioneer and we enjoy exchanging tips and ideas when we get the chance.

As we were readying to part, she happened to ask me what recipe I used for dish washing soap.  I stammered a bit.  I didn't have one.

I make my own laundry soap, fabric softener, dishwasher soap, and household cleaners of all kinds, but I haven't ever really considered making dish soap.  Not for any other reason than I can usually get it for free or nearly so.

But it got me thinking.  And that let to researching.  And this is what I found out:  Dish soap is pretty dang easy to make.  Plus, it looks fun to make AND, if you use the bar soap recipes, it's very, very economical to make! 

Here are some recipes to get you started:

Recipe #1

  • 2 Cups Water, boiling
  • 1 Heaped Tablespoon Bar Soap (castile or Ivory or any you prefer), finely grated
  • 1 Tablespoon Borax
  • 12-15 Drops Essential Oil (lavender and tea tree oil work especially well), optional

  • Mix borax and soap well in a heat-resistant bowl
  • Pour boiling water over mixture
  • Whisk until the soap is melted and ingredients are thoroughly combined
  • Cover with a towel and leave at room temperature for 8 hours or overnight
  • Whisk occasionally as it cools and gels
  • Just before bottling, add essential oils if desired and mix thoroughly
  • Transfer to an old dish soap bottle or even an old pump hand soap dispenser
  • Use normally

Recipe #2

  • 1 Cup Liquid Castile soap (scented or unscented)
  • 1 Teaspoon White Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Hot (not boiling) Water

  • Add ingredients to an old dish soap bottle or old pump hand soap dispenser
  • Replace lid and shake thoroughly to combine
  • Shake before each use
  • Other than that, use as normal!

Recipe #3

  • 1/4 Cup Bar Soap, finely grated (any will do. . .Ivory, castile, home made, etc.)
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Teaspoon White Vinegar OR Lemon Juice, strained (fresh or bottled)
  • Essential Oil, Optional

  • Add grated soap and water to a heavy saucepan
  • Heat slowly over medium (Don't let the mixture come to a boil)
  • Stir (or whisk!) constantly until the soap is melted and fully incorporated into the water
  • Take off the heat and let cool for 30 minutes
  • Add Essential Oil if desired and stir to mix thoroughly
  • When completely cooled, transfer to an old dish soap bottle or pump hand soap dispenser
  • Use as normal


  • 1/2 cup liquid castile soap (unscented or whatever your favorite scent is…I like using tea tree for the added antibacterial properties.)
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 4 drops essential oil scent of choice (I use orange, as I make this into a citrus soap.)
  • 1 tsp. homemade all-purpose citrus cleaner (1tsp. of vinegar can be an alternate here–but I simply LOVE my homemade citrus cleaner, and I always have it on hand. It also makes for a nice addition to this citrus soap.)


Simply mix everything together and store it in an old liquid dish soap bottle! Use as you would store-bought liquid dish soap.
- See more at: http://thehumbledhomemaker.com/2012/04/easy-homemade-liquid-dish-soap-homemade_24.html#sthash.9gKM2EKd.dpuf

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1 comment:

  1. In the third recipe you didn't say when to add to vinegar or lemon juice. Do you add it with the water and soap at the start?


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