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Homemade Dish Soap Recipe

Updated on July 7, 2013
This entire jar cost  of dish soap me less than 75 cents to make!
This entire jar cost of dish soap me less than 75 cents to make!
This is all you need to make it yourself!
This is all you need to make it yourself!

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Easier than you think!

Over the last year, I have been working to rid my home from chemicals in both our foods AND in our cleaning supplies. When I first started my "green journey" I looked at the prices of the organic cleaners sold at the grocery store....boy was I in sticker shock! I went from paying $.99 cents for my dish soap to $2.99! That wasn't going to work well for my budget so I went to the trusty internet to find a solution.

Using the recipe below, I would estimate the cost of this entire jar to be about 50 to 75 cents to make! Not only is it way cheaper than the organic dish soap, it is cheaper than the chemical filled stuff that I used to use! So....green cleaning and saving green all at the same time.

Here is what you will need to make the "Green Dishsoap" The GREAT news is that these are almost the same ingredients that I use to make all of my other cleaners- so nothing new to buy--SCORE!

Ingredients:

  • 2-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon Borax
  • 1 tablespoon washing soda
  • 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
  • 1/2 cup castile soap (I grated mine or you can buy liquid at most grocery stores)
  • 8-10 drops essential oil (optional)

The recipe is so easy to do.....

1. Place the castile soap into a large mixing container
2. Add the Borax and Washing Soda to the soap
3. Pour in the boiling water then add the vinegar as the last step
4. Add any essential oils you would like to give your soap extra fragrance!You can buy Dr. Bronner's castile soap which already as scent in it and has hundreds of uses.....another money saver!

When it begins cooling, it is important to pour it into the container that you wish to use because over the next few hours, your soap will begin to setup and become more of a gel...make sure it is in its right container BEFORE that happens!

There are cute containers with pumps or you can simply store it in a jar as I do. I use about a teaspoon per load of dishes.

It is important to know that this is a low sudsing cleaner. You will NOT see a sink full of suds BUT you will have clean dishes. Depending on the soap you use, you may want to be sure to towel dry your dishes as most castile soaps are made with coconut oil which can leave your dishes with a slick feeling after washing. I take towel drying over chemicals ANY DAY OF THE WEEK!


I hope you enjoy your new green cleaner and hope you will check out my other recipes for green homemade cleaners which will help you SAVE money and rid you home of chemicals!

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    • Mommymay profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather May 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for reading careermommy! It really is a great way to save some money and it leaves your hands feeling so soft and smooth. The coconut oil in the bar is amazing!!!

    • Mommymay profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather May 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      Hello Hawaiian Odysseus! I have taken a bit of a vaca from Hub pages but hopefully, I am back! Things have been CRAZY lately!!! Both are available at most grocery stores and all natural food stores. I actually haven't tried it t liquid yet...The bottle costs about 6.99 but will make a TON of the stuff! I use the grated since that is what goes in my laundry detergent as well. I am finding that there are tons of way to make this stuff and I even read that the soap is great for brushing teeth...they suggest the peppermint soap...I think I will skip that- seems creepy! Heartfelt Aloha to you sir!!! I have even been away from Ebay---posting is happening NOW!

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      Tirralan Watkins 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Mommymay, what a great recipe. I can't believe it only costs around $.50 to make this. I'm definitely going to give this soap a try!

    • hawaiianodysseus profile image

      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Hi, Heather!

      Great hub here for us thrifters! You mentioned that the liquid form of Dr. Bronner's castile soap is available in most grocery stores. The solid stuff that you grate--is that also available in grocery stores, or does that need to be ordered online? Thanks for sharing, and have a wonderful new week ahead! Aloha!

      Joe

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