Homemade Dish Soap: Make Your Own Health-Friendly Cleaner
Homemade Liquid Dish Soup
Nothing beats green, safe-for-you, environmentally-friendly dishsoap.
If you are trying to "go green," one of the first places you'll want to start in is the kitchen. Daily, we expose our skin to chemicals in dish soap. Is there reason for concern?
Dish soaps contain a veritable cocktail of questionable ingredients: chlorine, alkyl phenoxy ethanols, phosphates, DCM, DEA, sodium lauryl sulfate, to name a few . . . and to add to the chemical onslaught, they may contain synthetic fragrances to make them smell more appealing.
You wouldn't bath in chemicals you can barely pronounce, so why put your hands in them on a daily basis?
These chemicals do more than just cause skin irritation. A number of chemicals found in common household products are poisonous and carcinogenic. Do you really want these chemicals being absorbed through your skin? And unless you rinse, very, very well, chances are, chemical residues are left over on your skin, dishes and cutlery. If you are using commercially-produced dish soaps, there is really no getting away from the chemicals.
You can protect yourself and your loved ones by switching to safe cleaning products. It may help to start with products you use each day in your kitchen, then eliminate products used to clean your bathroom, then tackle the products you use to clean the rest of your house. When you finally achieve a chemical-free home, you'll have peace of mind, knowing you no longer come into contact with chemicals that can make you and other family members sick.
While we can't control the chemicals in the environment, certainly, we can take steps to reduce our exposure--and the first place to start is on the home front.
This Hub gives ideas as to how to make your own dishsoap, offering a couple of different ideas for you to try
Grated Ivory Soap
Homemade Liquid Dishsoap
It's easy to make your own homemade dish soap and it takes just minutes. This first batch of dish soap can be used if you are reacting to your regular dish soap and encountering skin irritation or rashes. This makes a thick mixture and you may opt to further refine the recipe to change the consistency by adding additional water. I give this soap to get you started but please keep reading this Hub because there are more ideas in store.
I would suggest using this dish soap if you want to switch right away to a safer dishwashing mixture; however, while Ivory is a purer soap, because it comes in a bar, it likely has thickening ingredients to turn it into an actual bar. I've found that the mixture becomes viscous and continues to thicken. This homemade dish soap can be used, in a pinch, whenever you run out of dish soap or until you can make a thinner homemade dish soap using ingredients suitable for a thinner mixture (see below).
Homemade Dish Soap
- Grate a bar of ivory soup
- Add 1 tsp. of grated soap to empty plastic containers. Old shampoo bottles work well
- Fill each container with hot water and shake well.
- Allow to sit and continue to shake containers until soap dissolves.
This mixture will continue to thicken so it is important to dilute it well. It is now ready to use for washing dishes. Shake well.
This is a good start to cleaning your dishes with a safer, environmentally-friendly dishwashing liquid.
My observations: The liquid kept thickening and while this can be used to clean dishes, I would suggest that you use this if you run short on some other type of safe dishwashing liquid. The agents that turn this into a bar turn your liquid mixture thick and stringy, so while ivory can be used, you may not find it to your liking
Sink Filled With Suds
- If you don't want to bother grating your Ivory soap, simply hold a bar under the tap as you are running your hot water and your sink will fill with suds. These don't last long but while you are transitioning to safer dish washing liquid, this may prove helpful. Once you get used to using safer products, you soon unlearn your familiarity with dish washing liquid that bubbles to beat heck and covers your dishes with chemicals.
- Another method, for those who are using baking soda (method 4) but who want some suds, is to sprinkle in baking soda and then do the trick mentioned above.
Keeping Grated Soap on Hand
Alternatively, if you don't like how this thickens (and I didn't after trying it) you can simply place your grated soap in a container and sprinkle a little into your sink as you are running your hot water.
My observations: by simply keeping grated soap on hand, you do not have to prepare a liquid soap that, as I mentioned above, became thick and stringy and hard to use.
Another Way to Make Homemade Dishwashing Soap
For this formula, you will need castile soap. This can be purchased at whole foods stores or organic/green outlets or it may be ordered online.
This results in a mixture with a better consistency and may be preferred.
Homemade Dish Soap
- 2 cups of liquid castile soap
- 1/2 cup of warm water
Shake bottle to mix ingredients and shake again prior to use.
Storing a large amount of castile soup on hand means you will can easily make your own dishwashing liquid.
This was so easy and Dr. Bronner's has a good reputation. I like that this product can be used for a multitude of cleaning tasks. I would suggest that you stock up and buy enough so that you get free shipping, thus reducing costs.
Why I Prefer Baking Soda for Washing Dishes
- My dishes are grease-free
- They are becoming shiny
- Who would have thought that simple baking soda would do a far better job of washing dishes than dish washing soap?
- Baking soda is a known deodorizer so you are deodorizing your sink and drain, as well.
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Let's Skip the Soap and Just Use Good Old Baking Powder
It just doesn't get any easier. I sprinkle baking soda over my dishes and run hot water into the sink!
Store your baking soda in a container near your sink. (Optional: add a couple of drops of scented oil to your soda so that it has a wonderful smell.)
Simply run your hot water and shake in baking soda in your water for sparkling dishes.
And no worries. You don't have to have bubbles and foam for clean dishes.
Wow! this is working far better than I had anticipated. I simply fill my sink with hot water, sprinkle baking soda on top of my dishes and then wash them. I notice that, while there are no suds, using baking soda to wash dishes cuts grease wonderfully well!
Additionally, I'm noticing that my dishes are shinier, far more than from before and I think the baking soda is removing built up deposits and who knows what chemicals from the previous chemical-based dish detergent. Another plus I've found, is that, if you are washing something that has staining, you can simply dip your cloth into the baking soda and remove the stain while you wash your dishes. I did this, this morning for tea-stained mugs, and it worked wonderfully well.
Additional Uses for Homemade Dish Soap for the Kitchen
- Tap Cleaner--Squirt a dab of your homemade dish soap onto a rag and sprinkle on baking soda. Scrub kitchen taps. This mixture does a wonderful job of shining chrome.
- Floor Cleaner--If using your liquid dish soap, this mixture can also be used to clean floors. Simply squeeze into a bucket of hot water and scrub floors with a brush or run mop over.
- Hand Cleaner--Liquid soap can also be used to refill hand washing soap containers.
- Wall cleaner--remove scuff marks by combining a dab of homemade dish soap with baking powder and scrubbing the affected area. Good for walls and doors.
Peace of Mind, Using a Safe Dishwashing Liquid
You are now set to wash your dishes with your own homemade dishwashing liquid, gratings, with an evironmentally safe product like Dr. Bronner's or with good old baking soda.
Simply stock up on bars of Ivory soap, buy in bulk a product such as Dr. Bronner's, or grab some cases of baking soda, then you are set to go.
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