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Homemade Dishwashing Deterget: the Natural Way-How to Make your own Dish Washing Liquid

Updated on April 26, 2012

I recently published a Hub on a very effective homemade laundry detergent which cleans my clothes, leaving them smelling wonderful and stain free. I actually am going to add to that Hub stating that stains do get removed; my granddaughter got ink on her white dress and it wasn't removed with my commercial laundry detergent, but one washing in the homemade laundry detergent removed the stain. I could go on and on about how dazzling my whites are now and how wholesome the smell is. My advice is to give it a try, you will like how your clothes come out.

I am now focused on making as many of the household cleaners that I can. I find that making my own cleaning detergents definitely saves me money and I feel self-sufficient, not relying on the products in the grocery stores.

My next venture is learning how to make handcrafted soap in a liquid form for hand washing my dishes. The sink is always piled with cooking and food serving dishes in my home.

Bubbles and Smells

Bubbles and Suds

Remember, your homemade dish detergent will not be sudsy like the store bought products are. The cleaning effectiveness of your homemade dishwashing liquid has nothing to do with the bubbles, it is a psychological issue, suds must = clean dishes. Bubbles and suds are actually chemicals added to commercial dishwashing liquids and can be irritating.

Pleasing the Nose

While handwashing dishes, the scent from your handmade dishwashing liquid makes a big difference, at least with me it does, I like to have it smell good.

The following two homemade dishwashing liquid recipes can have added to them a pleasing essential oil, just a few drops. However, if you choose to use the Lemon Juice instead of the White Vinegar, your homemade dishwashing liquid will smell lemony and you won't need the essential oil added.

Easier to Make Liquid Dish Soap

This is the easiest recipe in terms of time to make it. The castile soap is available online or in many grocery and specialty grocery stores.One brand name for castile soap is Dr. Bronner's. To Find it, look in the soap/shampoo/baby care area, not the cleaning supplies aisle.

It comes in fabulous scents to please your nose while you are washing the dishes. Scents such as eucalyptus, lemongrass, lavender, peppermint, coconut, tea tree, almond, and of course, unscented. and is available in drugstores or department/grocery stores.

The lemon juice or white vinegar is helpful to cut the grease on your dishes.


Castile Soap: 2 Cups

Lemon Juice (bottled is ok to use) or White Vinegar: 1 Teaspoon

Warm Water: Half Cup

Using an empty and clean soap bottle from dish liquid, pour the three ingredients in and shake the bottle until fully combined.

More Time=Less Cost Liquid Dish Soap

This recipe is more time consuming to make; however, using old soap shavings is less expensive to buy. I remember my mom saving the slivers of soap to use for handwashing clothes. Just take a jar with a lid and each time you find a sliver or soap, toss it in. If that isn't preferable, you can also choose to buy bar soap, any type will work but try to make sure it's more on the pure side without extra body benefits. Soap flakes are available online.

Soap Flakes or Soap Shavings: 1/4 Cup

Water: Two cups

White Vinegar or Lemon Juice: One Teaspoon

Pout into a heavier walled saucepan the water and flakes of the soap you choose to use.

Over medium to low heat, stir the mixture until all combined and the soap flakes are melted. Avoid letting the mixture come to a boil.

Take the pan off the stove and let the mixture cool, just a little.

Stir in the white vinegar or lemon juice and leave in the pan until the mixture is totally cool.

Pour it into your empty and clean dish soap bottle.


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    • MimiKat33 profile image

      MimiKat33 6 years ago from Northeastern NY State, USA

      I can't tell you how much enjoyment I get out of using homemade cleaning products. They smell so much better and the money savings is worth the time and effort.

    • Enlydia Listener profile image

      Enlydia Listener 6 years ago from trailer in the country

      thanks for the is nice to have arternatives to the usual products.

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      Deborah 6 years ago from Italy

      Love your ideas and recipes for homemade dish soaps, voted up and useful !